Sunil Gavaskar okay with unchanged Indian squad for 3rd Test

Sunil Gavaskar

Tendulkar has been out of form for a long time as he has scored just 153 runs at an average of 15.3 in his last 10 innings, which is the lowest by an Indian top-order batsman in the corresponding period.

Gavaskar said Tendulkar's approach towards improvement was okay and soon he will bounce back.

"The way he has been applying himself, you can see he's applying his mind. In the first innings, he took a leg-stump guard and when he has bowled, he took a middle-stump guard. "He'll comeback. He and Ponting are kind of players, who will not go quietly, they'll go with a roar," he said.

Srikkanth defends India's decision to retain spin trio

Former selection committee chairman Krishnamachari Srikkanth today defended the Indian selectors' decision to retain the spin trio of R Ashwim, Pragyan Ojha and Harbhajan Singh in the squad for the third Test against England.

Ashwin, Ojha and Harbhajan were thrashed all over the park by England batsmen in the second Test which the visitors won by 10 wickets on a spin-friendly pitch at Mumbai's Wankhede Stadium inside four days, but Srikkanth said a player should not be axed on the basis of just one poor performance.

Asked if the selectors should have picked a leg-spinner in the squad announced today to provide more variation in India's bowling attack, Srikkanth said, "Having a leg-spinner in the squad is always great. But you cannot drop a player on the basis of just one match. They have to be given a fair run.

"Harbhajan Singh had just come back after one year in wilderness. We cannot just drop him after effectively just one innings. Everybody knows he is yet to get his old form back and he needs to given some more time," Srikkanth said.

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