Don't ask for turners at Eden, Ganguly to Dhoni

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Updated: Thursday, December 13, 2012, 15:43 [IST]
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Kolkata, Nov 27: Former India skipper Sourav Ganguly has urged MS Dhoni not to ask for a spin track at Eden Gardens in Kolkata, and replace off-colour Harbhajan Singh with Ashok Dinda for the third Test.

Ganguly also felt that Indian team will be in trouble if Dhoni insists on spinner-friendly track, as they struggled against Monty Panesar and Swann at Wankhede.

"I think Dhoni and the team management should not insist again for a spin-friendly wicket as it would only create problem for the Indian batsmen," Ganguly said.

Don't ask for turners at Eden: Ganguly

Moreover, he insisted on including Dinda in the playing XI as three spinners formula would not work for Team India.

With Umesh Yadav ruled out of the third Test, it would be ideal for Dhoni to recall Dinda, as Zaheer and

"I want to see Dinda in the line-up in place of Harbhajan Singh. Playing three spinners don't work at all, which is showed clearly in Harbhajan's bowling of 20-odd overs. I hope MS will balance the attack (at Eden)."

He further praised England bowlers and was critical about Indian spinners as he said Ashwin and Harbhajan's strategy to bowl slow cost them.

"England spinners bowled better and beat them with the pace whereas the Indian spinners, barring Pragyan Ojha, resorted to bowling slow. Kevin Pietersen and Alastair Cook played them well resorting to backfoot play."

"It was one of those losses. As I said, England outplayed the Indians with their spin bowling."

While he also believes that India will bounce back in the remaining two matches and win the series.

"It will be an accident if we don't win the series."

WHile insisted on retaining Dhoni as captain or there is a need to change Team India skipper for Tests, Ganguly said we can talk about this later and not during the series.

"First, we lose two more Tests, than we will talk about this. Let's cross the bridge when we get there."


Story first published:  Tuesday, November 27, 2012, 10:28 [IST]
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