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Pick Dinda in place of Bhajji: Sourav

Calcutta: In the wake of the Wankhede disaster, former India captains Sunil Gavaskar and Sourav Ganguly has advised Mahendra Singh Dhoni to reconsider on his demand for a turning track at the Eden, which will host the third Test.

Gavaskar, during a television programme, said: “I am not surprised at his demand, because he had already said it earlier. 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.”

Interestingly, he added: “I know the curator of Eden Gardens personally and he has his own mind. We may see a pitch different from what Dhoni wants.”

Sourav, while speaking to a different television channel, almost echoed Gavaskar as he said: “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. We want to see a good wicket that will last five days.”

Slamming Dhoni’s three-spinner strategy at the Wankhede, Sourav suggested: “I want to see Ashok Dinda in the line-up in place of Harbhajan Singh. Playing three spinners is not the right strategy as it disturbs the balance and creates a panic in the spinners.”

Gavaskar, on the other hand, criticised the spinners straightaway. “The England spin duo did a very good job but what were Indian spinners doing? The Indian spinners failed to do their job,” he said.

But while Gavaskar believes that complacency had crept in the Indian team, Sourav thinks that the Dhoni brigade were simply outplayed by the England team.

On the Sachin Tendulkar issue, Sourav said: “We know that he’s not playing well… But I would like to believe that he will soon return to form.”