India news March 14, 2014

Play two spinners overseas - Kumble

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Anil Kumble has said India must choose their best bowling combination in away Tests even if that means including two spinners in the line-up. In the four Tests India played in South Africa and New Zealand, India went with only one spinner in each Test, with Ravindra Jadeja being preferred over R Ashwin in three of them.

"If your two spinners are among your best bowlers they should play, irrespective of the conditions," Kumble told the Hindu. "Do you change your batting line-up just because you are playing abroad? You expect your batsmen to adapt. It's the same with bowlers.

"You cannot go in with a pre-conceived notion that the spinners will only play a defensive role away from the sub-continent," he said. "For instance, you cannot expect Virender Sehwag to play differently whatever be the country. It depends on the kind of bowler you are."

Kumble also took a dig at India's tactics in the recent away Tests saying the players were not proactive on the field. "You cannot sit and wait for things to happen," he said. "In India, the two spinners will attack and pick wickets from either end. It doesn't happen that way abroad. You have to strategise.

"The batsmen play a lot of shots these days, even in Tests. Even a mid-on, a midwicket or a cover becomes a catching position. But you need to have a plan."

VVS Laxman, however, spoke out in support of the seamers, who he thought bowled well in the Tests, but said that as a unit, the bowlers needed to develop skills with the Kookaburra ball.

"We need bowlers who can swing the ball at a telling pace to strike when the pitch flattens," Laxman said. "The Kookaburra ball does not swing after the first 30 overs or so and we need to maintain the ball.

"Often when we see big partnerships develop, we forget small things like maintaining the ball and retaining its shine for a longer period. It's not about reverse swing alone. It's also about conventional swing with the older ball."

Terming Ishant Sharma as the "most hard-working pacemen I have seen," Laxman said the bowler's wrist position, which has been frequently pointed as the reason for his lack of movement, was good in the Wellington Test.

"He was brilliant in New Zealand," Laxman said. "A lot has been said about his wrist position. But I thought his wrist position was upright and exemplary in the Wellington Test.

Laxman added that India's seamers also needed to work harder to improve their ability to bowl at the death in the limited-overs matches. "Yorker is all about practice," he said. "Mohammed Shami and Bhuvneshwar Kumar have useful yorkers but they should work more on their control. It's not an easy delivery to bowl and execution is important.

"He [Ishant] never had a good yorker. His strengths as a bowler are his bounce and seam movement."

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  • on March 18, 2014, 8:28 GMT

    @Nampally, To cut it short. 1. Indian should accept the fact that Speed has no subsitute. If you try n bowl yorker at 120-130 KMPH, it will be slaughtered out of the ground. 2. I am talking of bowler who can bowl in excess of 140 KMPH 3. There is no point from the fact That India is missing genuine fast bowlers... Pace has NO SUBSTITUTE. We Indians have to accept this fact rather than looking for shortcuts in mediocre spinners. 4. As regards to Ashwin / Ojha,... 5. Finally look for pacement (Real stuff) and we need to make upcoming generations about the benefits of Fast Bowling in Cricket else they will also continue to hide behind the fact and will keep pushing for Spinners just to save the face from ignonimity.

  • Nampally on March 17, 2014, 13:29 GMT

    @Rohit Kumar: Taking 20 wkts. in any Test Match is a tough task for any team. It requires skilful bowlers be it Fast or spinners. You also need the strategy of getting each of the opposing batsmen out with a certain bowler with specific field setting. Pace Bowlers are important part of the Bowling Combo because the New ball moves in the air as well as it seams of the pitch. Bowlers like Fazal Mahmood of Pakistan were superb in bowling leg cutters. But you cannot make the Fast Bowlers do the "Donkey work" + take the wkts. This is what the Indian Captain, Dhoni expects with his naïve thinking. He bowled Shami, Ishant & Zaheer (>35 years) each over 50 overs in a single Innings. Strangely enough these were the only 3 Bowling specialists. All rounder jadeja was the 4th bowler. Spinners in the squad were Chawla or Ojha but permanently benched. Only Off spinning All rounder, Ashwin was dropped as well. Can you Pl. explain how can Dhoni expect 20 wkts with 3 bowlers - "No Tactics but Antics"!

  • on March 17, 2014, 7:37 GMT

    @Nampally, I agree with you on the point made by you that Dhoni keeps 3 bowlers (although he clearly favors some bowlers, who does not deserve to be in Team).

    See, India issues has been weak bowling for the last 100 years, they could in all be considered average bowling attack even with India great spinners during their playing days. We need to be a fearsome bowling attack, that can take 20 wickets on all surface. For that too happen we really need to start appreciating what speed brings to cricket, that extra edge which no spinner can bring. Yes we do need spinners to take wickets, but thinking that only spinners can take 20 wickets is beyond logic. Only a genuine quick bowlers can take the advantage of swing / reverse swing / 2 short balls per over... We cannot miss these opportunity. can we?

  • Nampally on March 16, 2014, 13:26 GMT

    @Rohit Kumar: You ask where are all the Indian spinners? My answer is count all the guys on the Bench in the past 100 matches. You will always find guys like Rahul Sharma, Chawla, Mishra, Ojha, Rasool & even Ashwin on the bench. The Indian selectors have a squad of 15 but some guys-spinners- are permanently confined to Bench. Sir, you develop the Bowlers, be it spinners or Pacers, by playing them in the XI on a consistent basis so that they play confidently & perform well. Captains like Pataudi, Wadekar or even Ganguly & Dravid in the recent times developed Spinners by playing them in the XI. Pataudi was not afraid to play 4 spinners in the XI in Australia! When Captain Dhoni has no room for more than 3 Specialist Bowlers, how can any bowler let alone a spinner play in the XI. India needs Pataudi's to Lead Indian XI Not Dhoni's- always defensive & lacking in strategy, tactics & zero confidence in his bowlers. This (-) approach has brought Indian bowling to its knees as the weakest!

  • on March 15, 2014, 7:14 GMT

    Talking of spinners, where are the spinners in India at present, there is this guy Ashwin who is a total ...failure in bowling abroad… Does not possess any art like Saqlain, Vettori, .. He needs to understand that he will not get RANK TURNER like he gets them in India., Besides miserable bowling everyone knows his credential as a fielder.. I guess he can give a tough competition to munaf patel… Also his inability to throw from deep is another factor that should be concerned as fielding is of utmost importance. He is not the most athletic around and you can very well see how he misses those catches that could be easily taken by raina, kohli, rahane… each DROP catch can COST us heavily considering the plight of our bowling…. Can we really afford this??? Coming onto Ojha… he should rather coaching from monty panesar as to how to turn the ball in overseas condition. his weak and half follow thru can only be useful in great indian truners...

  • on March 15, 2014, 6:57 GMT

    I dont think Kumble has assessed the situation very well on the contrary VVS is absolutely right..

    1. We need pace bowler who can actually bowl quick Unlike the likes of Venkatesh prasad , Vinay kumar & co.

    2. In India , people have this notion that if anybody who will bowl quick then he will not have control over line & lenghth... What crap.. Compare the likes of Brett lee, Mitchel Johnson, Steyn vs Prasad, Vinay, .. you will get the answers.

    3. The upcoming pacers like Umesh Yadav, varon , Shami should be encouraged to bowl quick.. We can definitely take some cues from great leaders like Imran Khan, Ricky ponting, Steve Waugh who encouraged their bowler to bowl quick and become wicket taking bowlers ( Lee, Wasim, Waqar are the beneficiary of such leadership) owling 4. We must understand that there is ABSOLUTELY NO SUNSTITUTE FOR REALLY FAST BOWLER, the sooner we understand this the better it is for Indian cricket.

  • ProdigyA on March 14, 2014, 17:11 GMT

    India's pace attack always keeps taking the blame for overseas losses but the real problem is with the spinners. Many times we have seen that pacers take wickets with the new ball and the openers are dismissed cheaply, even in ODI but the spinners fail to pick middle order wickets.

    I agree with Nampally, Dhoni's team selection is just baffling, picking all rounders who neither contribute with bal or bat is useless. Pick specialst wicket taking bowlers like Ohja or Mishra who can win matches.

  • Nampally on March 14, 2014, 14:45 GMT

    Mr. Ramnarayan wrote about need for 2 spinners in the Indian XI in a separate Blog. Now Kumble is reinforcing the same. The big problem is Dhoni! He used just 3 specialist Bowlers in 5 day tests consistently in SA & NZ. He even made ZAK, Shami & Ishant do the Donkey work by bowling >50 overs each in a single innings! Dhoni shows gross lack of understanding in selection + handling of his Bowlers - single most important quality for any Test or ODI Captain. His craze for using All Rounders as opposed to "specialist Bowlers" has rendered Indian Bowling so weak that it is last in all Major Nations. Irrespective of Kumble or Laxman's views, Dhoni will follow his own rationale. Spinners were always backbone of India till Dhoni took over the captaincy. The Selectors always gave a squad with spinners like Mishra & Ojha. But Dhoni promptly benched them, Batting alone cannot win matches. India needs 5 Bowlers in Tests with a strategy to get 20 wkts. India needs a NEW Captain who can do IT!

  • Cric_savy on March 14, 2014, 14:25 GMT

    I won't blame Dhoni. Even the best of captains would struggle to win matches with this pathetic bowling line up !!!

  • wolf777 on March 14, 2014, 14:18 GMT

    If Kookaburra ball does not swing after 30 overs or so, than a bowler like Bhuwaneshwar Kumar become useless for 45 overs. That leaves the lone remaining other fast bowlers and two spinner to complete 45 overs. Not possible. Only way two spinners could work is by taking either Rohit Sharma or Rahane out. Besides, India need someone other than Ashwin as he cannot perform overseas.

  • on March 18, 2014, 8:28 GMT

    @Nampally, To cut it short. 1. Indian should accept the fact that Speed has no subsitute. If you try n bowl yorker at 120-130 KMPH, it will be slaughtered out of the ground. 2. I am talking of bowler who can bowl in excess of 140 KMPH 3. There is no point from the fact That India is missing genuine fast bowlers... Pace has NO SUBSTITUTE. We Indians have to accept this fact rather than looking for shortcuts in mediocre spinners. 4. As regards to Ashwin / Ojha,... 5. Finally look for pacement (Real stuff) and we need to make upcoming generations about the benefits of Fast Bowling in Cricket else they will also continue to hide behind the fact and will keep pushing for Spinners just to save the face from ignonimity.

  • Nampally on March 17, 2014, 13:29 GMT

    @Rohit Kumar: Taking 20 wkts. in any Test Match is a tough task for any team. It requires skilful bowlers be it Fast or spinners. You also need the strategy of getting each of the opposing batsmen out with a certain bowler with specific field setting. Pace Bowlers are important part of the Bowling Combo because the New ball moves in the air as well as it seams of the pitch. Bowlers like Fazal Mahmood of Pakistan were superb in bowling leg cutters. But you cannot make the Fast Bowlers do the "Donkey work" + take the wkts. This is what the Indian Captain, Dhoni expects with his naïve thinking. He bowled Shami, Ishant & Zaheer (>35 years) each over 50 overs in a single Innings. Strangely enough these were the only 3 Bowling specialists. All rounder jadeja was the 4th bowler. Spinners in the squad were Chawla or Ojha but permanently benched. Only Off spinning All rounder, Ashwin was dropped as well. Can you Pl. explain how can Dhoni expect 20 wkts with 3 bowlers - "No Tactics but Antics"!

  • on March 17, 2014, 7:37 GMT

    @Nampally, I agree with you on the point made by you that Dhoni keeps 3 bowlers (although he clearly favors some bowlers, who does not deserve to be in Team).

    See, India issues has been weak bowling for the last 100 years, they could in all be considered average bowling attack even with India great spinners during their playing days. We need to be a fearsome bowling attack, that can take 20 wickets on all surface. For that too happen we really need to start appreciating what speed brings to cricket, that extra edge which no spinner can bring. Yes we do need spinners to take wickets, but thinking that only spinners can take 20 wickets is beyond logic. Only a genuine quick bowlers can take the advantage of swing / reverse swing / 2 short balls per over... We cannot miss these opportunity. can we?

  • Nampally on March 16, 2014, 13:26 GMT

    @Rohit Kumar: You ask where are all the Indian spinners? My answer is count all the guys on the Bench in the past 100 matches. You will always find guys like Rahul Sharma, Chawla, Mishra, Ojha, Rasool & even Ashwin on the bench. The Indian selectors have a squad of 15 but some guys-spinners- are permanently confined to Bench. Sir, you develop the Bowlers, be it spinners or Pacers, by playing them in the XI on a consistent basis so that they play confidently & perform well. Captains like Pataudi, Wadekar or even Ganguly & Dravid in the recent times developed Spinners by playing them in the XI. Pataudi was not afraid to play 4 spinners in the XI in Australia! When Captain Dhoni has no room for more than 3 Specialist Bowlers, how can any bowler let alone a spinner play in the XI. India needs Pataudi's to Lead Indian XI Not Dhoni's- always defensive & lacking in strategy, tactics & zero confidence in his bowlers. This (-) approach has brought Indian bowling to its knees as the weakest!

  • on March 15, 2014, 7:14 GMT

    Talking of spinners, where are the spinners in India at present, there is this guy Ashwin who is a total ...failure in bowling abroad… Does not possess any art like Saqlain, Vettori, .. He needs to understand that he will not get RANK TURNER like he gets them in India., Besides miserable bowling everyone knows his credential as a fielder.. I guess he can give a tough competition to munaf patel… Also his inability to throw from deep is another factor that should be concerned as fielding is of utmost importance. He is not the most athletic around and you can very well see how he misses those catches that could be easily taken by raina, kohli, rahane… each DROP catch can COST us heavily considering the plight of our bowling…. Can we really afford this??? Coming onto Ojha… he should rather coaching from monty panesar as to how to turn the ball in overseas condition. his weak and half follow thru can only be useful in great indian truners...

  • on March 15, 2014, 6:57 GMT

    I dont think Kumble has assessed the situation very well on the contrary VVS is absolutely right..

    1. We need pace bowler who can actually bowl quick Unlike the likes of Venkatesh prasad , Vinay kumar & co.

    2. In India , people have this notion that if anybody who will bowl quick then he will not have control over line & lenghth... What crap.. Compare the likes of Brett lee, Mitchel Johnson, Steyn vs Prasad, Vinay, .. you will get the answers.

    3. The upcoming pacers like Umesh Yadav, varon , Shami should be encouraged to bowl quick.. We can definitely take some cues from great leaders like Imran Khan, Ricky ponting, Steve Waugh who encouraged their bowler to bowl quick and become wicket taking bowlers ( Lee, Wasim, Waqar are the beneficiary of such leadership) owling 4. We must understand that there is ABSOLUTELY NO SUNSTITUTE FOR REALLY FAST BOWLER, the sooner we understand this the better it is for Indian cricket.

  • ProdigyA on March 14, 2014, 17:11 GMT

    India's pace attack always keeps taking the blame for overseas losses but the real problem is with the spinners. Many times we have seen that pacers take wickets with the new ball and the openers are dismissed cheaply, even in ODI but the spinners fail to pick middle order wickets.

    I agree with Nampally, Dhoni's team selection is just baffling, picking all rounders who neither contribute with bal or bat is useless. Pick specialst wicket taking bowlers like Ohja or Mishra who can win matches.

  • Nampally on March 14, 2014, 14:45 GMT

    Mr. Ramnarayan wrote about need for 2 spinners in the Indian XI in a separate Blog. Now Kumble is reinforcing the same. The big problem is Dhoni! He used just 3 specialist Bowlers in 5 day tests consistently in SA & NZ. He even made ZAK, Shami & Ishant do the Donkey work by bowling >50 overs each in a single innings! Dhoni shows gross lack of understanding in selection + handling of his Bowlers - single most important quality for any Test or ODI Captain. His craze for using All Rounders as opposed to "specialist Bowlers" has rendered Indian Bowling so weak that it is last in all Major Nations. Irrespective of Kumble or Laxman's views, Dhoni will follow his own rationale. Spinners were always backbone of India till Dhoni took over the captaincy. The Selectors always gave a squad with spinners like Mishra & Ojha. But Dhoni promptly benched them, Batting alone cannot win matches. India needs 5 Bowlers in Tests with a strategy to get 20 wkts. India needs a NEW Captain who can do IT!

  • Cric_savy on March 14, 2014, 14:25 GMT

    I won't blame Dhoni. Even the best of captains would struggle to win matches with this pathetic bowling line up !!!

  • wolf777 on March 14, 2014, 14:18 GMT

    If Kookaburra ball does not swing after 30 overs or so, than a bowler like Bhuwaneshwar Kumar become useless for 45 overs. That leaves the lone remaining other fast bowlers and two spinner to complete 45 overs. Not possible. Only way two spinners could work is by taking either Rohit Sharma or Rahane out. Besides, India need someone other than Ashwin as he cannot perform overseas.

  • S_M_G on March 14, 2014, 14:12 GMT

    Did Laxman watched all games? Almost every over Ishant Sharma bowles one loose ball. He can't bowl all 6 balls on one side of the wicket. Same goes for Shami. But he has pace and movement. As far as Ishant Sharma's seam position, during test they kept showing it. He alwaays bowled with scrambled seam. Laxman as usual is being very modest.

  • on March 14, 2014, 13:57 GMT

    I don't really agree with kumble ... bowling is 2 dimensional - pace and spin become important at different places... actually it is easier to see a genuinely quick pacer do well on a flat pitch than a very good spinner pick a 5 for on a seaming wicket... so we need to groom guys like Aaron who have pace but no guidance

  • Naresh28 on March 14, 2014, 13:31 GMT

    AT LAST - An ex-cricketer has spoken with purpose. Both Kumble and Laxman have given good inputs. Hope Dhoni is listening!!!

  • bhushanB on March 14, 2014, 13:27 GMT

    @GRVJPR

    Definitely go with four seamers if you got talent... but you cannot go with just three seamers and a lone spinner.....and that too that spinner is a part-timer.. or for a better word (to please the masses) an allrounder... that is what hurt INDIA bad...

    Ashwin failed miserably in the away conditions, otherwise Dhoni would have never left him out...

    The two spinners that Kumble is mentioning are supposed to be QUALITY spinners...thinking spinners... not someone who starts with a negative line.. and experiments too much due to lack of confidence in his stock ball.....and definitely not someone who can just bowl wicket to wicket with no guile, or change of pace or no flight or no strategy....

    And coming to four pacers.. forget about it.. our captain DHONI..cannot manage four pacers...its just not in him.. and he admitted it himself

  • bhushanB on March 14, 2014, 13:20 GMT

    Spot on Kumble....

    If you are a naturally attacking spinner.. do the samething.. abroad.. do not just chicken out.. and start bowlingthat negative line...from round the wicket...

    Do not chicken out to take the new ball....for the fear of faster scoring ....and do not ridiculously continue with the old one until 150+ overs. or until you are forced to change it... DO NOT

  • bhushanB on March 14, 2014, 13:17 GMT

    @ramz30380

    Totally agree.. field your best....and let them adapt.... Do not give silly reasons like... they all had LEFTIES... to leave out your best spinner OJHA.. just to include your buddy....(remember ENG series)

  • on March 14, 2014, 13:13 GMT

    I think with two spinners we can draw overseas matches unless we get a spinner friendly wicket.

  • ramz30380 on March 14, 2014, 12:21 GMT

    Kumble - my all time fav, has conveyed the msg out just like his bowling - loud and clear - field your best XI no matter what - be agressive in your field setting no matter what - trust your bowlers to adjust and adapt to the conditions, no matter what! Kumble was an agressive captain and almost pulled off the impossible of beating Aus in Aus if not for the umpire errors down under! Dhoni, Fletcher - hope ur listening!

  • on March 14, 2014, 12:09 GMT

    Two spinners isnt a good idea for indian in overseas. Compared to eng tour and aus tour,india really played well in SA and new zealand ,but unable to go over the finishing line. It is just because our bowlers failed. Zak is old. If india play 5 bowlers india should play ashwin bhuvi,rishi dhawan as these three can conribute with their bat. Ashwin should bat at 7,rishi dhawan at 8 and bhuvi at 9 and shami and ishanth sharma.

  • siddhartha87 on March 14, 2014, 12:07 GMT

    BCCI is ruining the spinning talent by preparing doctored rank turners in home tests. Of course India should play according to their strength in home conditions but do we really need those dust bowls in every game? It's time to show more faith in these young spinners. Give them better wicket at home and it will be easier for them to adopt in abroad.

  • on March 14, 2014, 11:25 GMT

    Perfect analysis By Very Very Special Laxman Can't agree with you more on this.

    Mr. Kumble, with due respect, we need to move in the right directions,... can't go back with two spinners... One of them being a burden on fielding...

    We need to change the attitude of Indian wrt Pace (speed) bowling.. Time to grow up.. and Make the upcoming generation feel the importance of FAST Bowling, if we want to consistently be the top rated side... As they say "A genuine quick bowler does not need pitch help to take wickets" IT is so simple... Why then complicate it!!

  • Fast_Track_Bully on March 14, 2014, 11:16 GMT

    This time I am not with Kumble. You need to place your bowlers according to the pitch and conditions. What a spinner will do in an overcast condition of fast bowling pitch. They will not be useful at all. I hope India will play 4 fast bowlers abroad. If pitch support spinners we could use our part-timers especially when you do not have a spinner like Kumble who can take wickets in any pitch. (but he too wasn't effective in his earlier tours either).

  • GRVJPR on March 14, 2014, 10:18 GMT

    So Mr. kumble, in Yester Years India used to play 4 spinner and those were of better quality than present ones. Bedi, Prassana etc. But How many series did India won with them then abroad. Not many. Only after 2000 in captaicny of Ganguly we started playing more than 2 seamers and record got better. We need to find better seamers rather than giving easy runs to opposition by playing spinners overseas.

  • JohnnyRook on March 14, 2014, 10:02 GMT

    As always, very astute comments by Kumble. It makes sense to play your best eleven immaterial of the pitch. If you have two good spinners, play them even on the faster pitches and if you have four great pace bowlers, play them even in subcontinent. We may not start winning all a sudden but most likely we will perform better than now.

  • Meety on March 14, 2014, 9:55 GMT

    Both Kumble & VVS are right. I think Ashwin should bat #7, & Dhoni #6. That means 3 seamers & 2 spinners. VVS is correct in that it wasnt really the seamers that let India down in NZ.

  • KingSalz on March 14, 2014, 9:42 GMT

    Never gonna work. India's bowling is the worst. Take out Mohammad Shami and you could rate India under Zimbabwe. It's not an over exaggeration. But yes, Amit Mishra looks good. Looks a good bowler in the sub continent conditions. Should be tested in Australia, South Africa, New Zealand and England.

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  • KingSalz on March 14, 2014, 9:42 GMT

    Never gonna work. India's bowling is the worst. Take out Mohammad Shami and you could rate India under Zimbabwe. It's not an over exaggeration. But yes, Amit Mishra looks good. Looks a good bowler in the sub continent conditions. Should be tested in Australia, South Africa, New Zealand and England.

  • Meety on March 14, 2014, 9:55 GMT

    Both Kumble & VVS are right. I think Ashwin should bat #7, & Dhoni #6. That means 3 seamers & 2 spinners. VVS is correct in that it wasnt really the seamers that let India down in NZ.

  • JohnnyRook on March 14, 2014, 10:02 GMT

    As always, very astute comments by Kumble. It makes sense to play your best eleven immaterial of the pitch. If you have two good spinners, play them even on the faster pitches and if you have four great pace bowlers, play them even in subcontinent. We may not start winning all a sudden but most likely we will perform better than now.

  • GRVJPR on March 14, 2014, 10:18 GMT

    So Mr. kumble, in Yester Years India used to play 4 spinner and those were of better quality than present ones. Bedi, Prassana etc. But How many series did India won with them then abroad. Not many. Only after 2000 in captaicny of Ganguly we started playing more than 2 seamers and record got better. We need to find better seamers rather than giving easy runs to opposition by playing spinners overseas.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on March 14, 2014, 11:16 GMT

    This time I am not with Kumble. You need to place your bowlers according to the pitch and conditions. What a spinner will do in an overcast condition of fast bowling pitch. They will not be useful at all. I hope India will play 4 fast bowlers abroad. If pitch support spinners we could use our part-timers especially when you do not have a spinner like Kumble who can take wickets in any pitch. (but he too wasn't effective in his earlier tours either).

  • on March 14, 2014, 11:25 GMT

    Perfect analysis By Very Very Special Laxman Can't agree with you more on this.

    Mr. Kumble, with due respect, we need to move in the right directions,... can't go back with two spinners... One of them being a burden on fielding...

    We need to change the attitude of Indian wrt Pace (speed) bowling.. Time to grow up.. and Make the upcoming generation feel the importance of FAST Bowling, if we want to consistently be the top rated side... As they say "A genuine quick bowler does not need pitch help to take wickets" IT is so simple... Why then complicate it!!

  • siddhartha87 on March 14, 2014, 12:07 GMT

    BCCI is ruining the spinning talent by preparing doctored rank turners in home tests. Of course India should play according to their strength in home conditions but do we really need those dust bowls in every game? It's time to show more faith in these young spinners. Give them better wicket at home and it will be easier for them to adopt in abroad.

  • on March 14, 2014, 12:09 GMT

    Two spinners isnt a good idea for indian in overseas. Compared to eng tour and aus tour,india really played well in SA and new zealand ,but unable to go over the finishing line. It is just because our bowlers failed. Zak is old. If india play 5 bowlers india should play ashwin bhuvi,rishi dhawan as these three can conribute with their bat. Ashwin should bat at 7,rishi dhawan at 8 and bhuvi at 9 and shami and ishanth sharma.

  • ramz30380 on March 14, 2014, 12:21 GMT

    Kumble - my all time fav, has conveyed the msg out just like his bowling - loud and clear - field your best XI no matter what - be agressive in your field setting no matter what - trust your bowlers to adjust and adapt to the conditions, no matter what! Kumble was an agressive captain and almost pulled off the impossible of beating Aus in Aus if not for the umpire errors down under! Dhoni, Fletcher - hope ur listening!

  • on March 14, 2014, 13:13 GMT

    I think with two spinners we can draw overseas matches unless we get a spinner friendly wicket.