Former India national selector Dilip Vengsarkar feels India should refrain from making any changes to the team that played the Chennai Test and stick with the winning combination.
“India must refrain from entertaining any thoughts of changing the winning combination. I feel Murali Vijay, Harbhajan [Singh] and Bhuvneshwar Kumar deserve another opportunity to come good,” Vengsarkar was quoted as saying by Times of India.
“Vijay did play an extravagant shot and paid the penalty, and Bhuvneshwar needs to improve in pace to be effective at the highest level. Harbhajan’s experience is bound to come in handy in tight situations,” he further added.
Vengsarkar asserted that team India should be wise and remember the England series, in which the hosts won the first Test and went on to lose the remaining.
“[MS] Dhoni & Co should remember what happened after their Ahmedabad win against the England and would guard against any complacency. They would be shutting all the loopholes and not allow the visitors to claw their way back into the series.”
The former India skipper also felt that the touring team will be wiser after their defeat.
“Every touring team makes mistakes in the opener; be it the selection of the playing XI, batting order or general strategy. They become wiser after the defeat and try to amends thereafter. England had world-class spinners to get back at the Indians, but Australia sadly lack in that crucial department which why the possibility of them bouncing back looks remote.”
Vengsarkar pointed out stating, “Australia’s folly was that they relied too much on fast bowlers and thought they would get wickets by reverse swinging the old ball too.”
“The wicket had the bounce, but the Aussie pacers did not use it to their advantage and Nathan Lyon, the lone spinner, was too inconsistent to be effective and was easy pick for the Indian batsmen. Their batsmen need to apply themselves on Indian tracks. The inexperience showed in the way they handled the spinners.”
However, Vengsarkar feels, keeping aside the negatives, Australia will try and comeback in the remaining Tests.
“There is no doubt that a touring team with so many inexperienced players take a Test or two to get acclimatised to the conditions and I am sure the Aussies with their enormous talent would put the right foot forward in the remainder of the Tests, hopefully before it’s too late,” he concluded.
First Published: March 1, 2013, 10:43 am