Will India pay the price for asking turners?

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Updated: Thursday, December 13, 2012, 16:29 [IST]
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Bangalore, Nov 23: Team India skipper MS Dhoni would have felt the heat after asking for turners right from the start of the Test match, as India were struggling to score as half of the side was back in the pavilion having elected to bat first in the second Test match against England in Mumbai.

With Panesar and Greame Swann bowling at tandem, Indian batting order faced the heat.

Will Dhoni's demands prove costly?

Though it is not the first time, India have demanded for turners, as they faced a similar situation in a couple of years ago while playing Australia at the same venue.

In 2004, when India asked for turning tracks in Mumbai, it turned out to be good for the touring side, as Australia's part-time bowler Michael Clarke picked up 6 wickets to give his team a chance, while India had to fight hard to win the Test match.

Given England's spinners, Graeme Swann and Monty Panesar, things have already benefitted the tourists, as they have taken control of the second Test in Mumbai.

If Panesar and Swann are getting the ball to turn, Harbhajan and Co. can also do wonders, but this demand for turners, and BCCI's decision to back the Indian skipper can also be termed as arrogance, as they have been getting turners alone in the sub-continent and there was no need to ask for it specifically.

Moreover, this also shows that India's fast bowlers are not respected despite their good show, as they have been improving over a period of time in the Test matches played at home.

According to statistician Mohandas Menon, 37% of the India's Test wins over the last five years have been due to fast bowlers, while their contribution was 29-33% until 2007.

With fast bowlers performing extremely well on turners, did Dhoni and BCCI sound arrogant asking for turners inorder to trouble the touring England team, which has come as a blessing in disguise for the tourists who have enjoyed every bit of it, as Team India needs to do something extraordinary to bail themselves out.


Story first published:  Friday, November 23, 2012, 16:08 [IST]
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