Don't ask for spin-friendly track at Eden: Sourav 'Dada' Ganguly warns M S Dhoni

Sourav Ganguly

Former India skipper Sourav Ganguly today said that M S Dhoni should not insist for a "spin-friendly" wicket at the Eden Gardens and instead draft in pacer Ashok Dinda for Harbhajan Singh in the third Test, beginning here from December 5.

Ganguly said the English spinners outplayed the hosts in handing the visitors a series-levelling 10-wicket win in Mumbai

"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.

"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)."

Preparing a turner at the Eden would only do harm to India, Ganguly believed.

"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."

Asked whether complacency had crept in after India's win in the first Test at Motera, Ganguly said, "It was one of those losses. As I said, England outplayed the Indians with their spin bowling."

Ganguly, however, firmly believed that India would bounce back in the remaining two Tests.

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

Asked if it was high time to think about removing Dhoni from the captaincy, he said, "First, we lose two more Tests, than we will talk about this. Let's cross the bridge when we get there."

Sunil Gavaskar might have suggested that selectors should speak to Sachin Tendulkar for the master batsman's future plans, but Ganguly thought otherwise.

Giving Tendulkar the "benefit of doubt", Ganguly said: "He is desperately out of form. Barring Tendulkar, all our batsmen are in form.

... contd.

Please read our terms of use before posting comments
TERMS OF USE: The views expressed in comments published on indianexpress.com are those of the comment writer's alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of The Indian Express Group or its staff. Comments are automatically posted live; however, indianexpress.com reserves the right to take it down at any time. We also reserve the right not to publish comments that are abusive, obscene, inflammatory, derogatory or defamatory.