Ganguly believes Dinda is the answer to India’s pace woes
Former India captain Sourav Ganguly has announced that he still cannot understand why the national selectors refuse to pick pace bowler Ashok Dinda.
Ganguly noted that India should only have two spinners in their lineup and Dinda should be brought in to replace the out-of-form Harbhajan Singh.
“I want to see Ashok Dinda in the line-up in place of Harbhajan Singh,” Ganguly said. “Playing three spinners is not the right strategy as it disturbs the balance and creates a panic in the spinners.”
Ganguly was also quick to criticise India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni for his constant demands of having turning pitches during the recently concluded four-Test series against England.
“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 added. “We want to see a good wicket that will last five days.”
Legendary India batsman Sunil Gavaskar agreed with Ganguly’s comments and stated that Dhoni’s plans of trying to exploit England’s weaknesses against spin backfired throughout the series.
“I am not surprised at his demand, because he had already said it earlier,” Gavaskar said. “But the question you should ask him is how his slow bowlers are going to make amends? England have two very good spinners in Monty Panesar and Graeme Swann and they will exploit the conditions and the ploy will backfire again.”
Gavaskar also blamed the spin duo Ravichandran Ashwin and Pragyan Ojha for India’s 2-1 loss.
“The England spin duo did a very good job but what were Indian spinners doing?” Gavaskar added. “The Indian spinners failed to do their job.”
However, Ganguly believes that the Indians were completely outplayed by England.
When asked about Sachin Tendulkar’s performance throughout the series, Ganguly said: “We know that he’s not playing well… But I would like to believe that he will soon return to form.”