Sunil Gavaskar critical of spinners' performance in Mumbai test

Sunil Gavaskar

Former captain Sunil Gavaskar today criticised the performance of Indian spinners during the humiliating 10-wicket defeat against England in the second Test here, saying allowing the visitors to score over 400 runs proved costly to the home side.

"The England spin duo did a very good job but what were Indian spinners doing. They allowed England to score 50-odd runs more in their first innings and that too at run-a-ball.

How did they allow England to cross 400?" Gavaskar asked.

"The Indian batsmen also did not do well in the Test and they should have been a little better in their application. But more than the batsmen, the spinners had failed to do their job," he said.

Gavaskar said he was not surprised at captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni insisting on a turning track for the third Test in Kolkata also but re-iterated that the ploy of preparing rank turners had boomeranged on India.

"I am not surprised at his comments because he had already said it earlier that he wants turning tracks. But the question you should ask him is, how his slow bowlers are going to make amends. If they continue like in the third Test also, the result is also certain.

"England have two very good spinners in Monty Panesar and Graeme Swann and they will exploit the conditions and the ploy will backfire again. So, if you want to persist what can one say," Gavaskar said.

He said that the curator at Eden Gardens, the venue of the third Test which begins on December 5, may not provide the type of pitch Dhoni wants.

"I know the curator of Eden Gardens personally and he has his own mind. We may see a pitch different from what Dhoni wants," said Gavaskar.

Talking about the home side batsmen, Gavaskar felt that it was an unusual situation to see the Indians struggling against the visiting spinners.

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