Gavaskar wary of India's chances against England

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Published: Tuesday, October 30, 2012, 15:01 [IST]
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Mumbai, Oct 30: Former India skipper Sunil Gavaskar aware of Team India's weaknesses ahead of the Test series against England, feels MS Dhoni's men are vulnerable and fears yet another debacle.

Gavaskar questions Team India's chances

Team India facing many issues related to batting and bowling might find it difficult to challenge the World's No 2, though MS Dhoni's men have the home advantage.

Gavaskar, who has been observing Team India's strengths and weaknesses since a couple of years now, feels the team has a very weak pace attack while the spin attack is the only encouraging factor.

Moreover, the team's batting in the absence of VVS Laxman and Rahul Dravid looks weak, as the openers have been struggling to score runs.

Except Virat Kohli at No 3, none of the players have been consistent since the last 1 year, which raises more doubts about India's batting order.

With Suresh Raina and Yuvraj Singh battling it out for the No 6 spot, it remains to be seen if either of them can make use of the opportunity and cement their Test berth.

Since India has been facing similar issues, Gavaskar feels the situation has not changed yet, as MS Dhoni's men are still finding it difficult to cope with the conditions, work on improvising techniques and pace attack.

"Amazingly the situation is eerily similar to the tours of England and Australia last year," Gavaskar wrote in his column in Mid Day.

Gavaskar further pointed out that when India toured the two nations last year, they could have easily won but they faield miserably to win a single Test, as they were humiliated and handed a whitewash in England and Australia.

"Both England and Australia were vulnerable and there for the taking, but India messed it up and after the first Test of both the series just did not look as if they would win a day leave alone five days of a Test match.

"With the openers too not quite in form, the batting is looking wobbly," wrote Gavaskar, the first batsman in history to score 10,000 Test runs.

After India's poor show on both the occasions, India haven't been able to play the longer version of the game more, as they played a two-match Test series against New Zealand, and headed towards Sri Lanka to play World T20 in Sep 2012.

"The settled air (in the Indian ranks) that was there at the beginning of 2011 is not there and that is why this is a great chance for England."

Further Gavaskar felt Ashwin, Dhoni's trump card could be handy on a few slow turners, but can prove to be expensive on a few tracks.

"Ashwin is a quick learner and Ojha is very consistent," he wrote. "On pitches where there is some turn they could prove tricky customers."

Since the team is facing more issues related to bowling and batting, it would be ideal for Team India to get the basics right ahead of the Test series against World's No 2 team, England starting on Nov 15 at Ahmedabad.


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