Home > News >

Sunil Gavaskar: MS Dhoni has to bring in changes for next ODI against New Zealand

Sunil Gavaskar (in picture) has called for the axing of Ishant Sharma and including an extra batsman in the playing XI © Getty Images
Sunil Gavaskar (in picture) has called for the axing of Ishant Sharma and including an extra batsman in the playing XI © Getty Images

New Delhi: Jan 22, 2014

Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar today advised India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni to be more flexible while deciding the playing eleven following their second consecutive ODI loss to New Zealand and suggested that paceman Ishant Sharma be dropped in favour of an extra batsman.

India went down to New Zealand by 15 runs (D/L method) in Hamilton to trail 0-2 in the five-match series and lose their number one ODI ranking.

Gavaskar said that India have not quite got their combination right by continuously playing five batsmen and five bowlers.

“The team will have to look at the combination if you want to save the series. We have to understand that India are playing overseas and the combination of five batsmen and five bowlers is not working. India need to strengthen its batting line-up. The team requires one extra batsman in place of a bowler,” Gavaskar said.

“I think every captain has some belief about certain things in the team. For example, Sourav Ganguly would not rely much on the left-arm spinners and during his captaincy not many left-arm spinners did flourish.

“Dhoni will have to be flexible. I think he is an open person and wants the best results for the team. It’s here the team management, the coach and the selectors will have to tell him what is the best team combination,” Gavaskar told NDTV.

Asked if the coach or the selectors asking the captain a particular team combination would not tantamount to interference, Gavaskar said, “They should not interfere but can suggest and discuss with the captain what is the best combination.”

On Ishant who has been bleeding runs, Gavaskar said it’s better to drop him and try some other players who have not got chances to play.

“In this tour, relative new comers like Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammed Shami seemed to have practiced hard and so they have got their yorkers right. Ishant has five-six years of international cricket behind him but he seemed to be not learning that yorkers are a potent weapon for pacers,” Gavaskar said.

“Whenever he gave away runs, India lose the momentum and a game is completely changed. If he does not want to learn, it’s better someone takes his place.”

The former captain said that the team management should try out the likes of all-rounder Stuart Binny and leg-spinner Amit Mishra and try to stop the flow of runs conceded.

“India will have to get the combination right especially because the World Cup is not very far away. You have to look at the options now and try and find out the guys who can do the job. I think it is right time to look for other options in the playing eleven having lost the two matches.

“Stuart Binny can bat and bowl also. He can be an option.

You have the likes of Suresh Raina and Virat Kohli but they have not been doing that well. Kohli has been inconsistent as a bowler. So the team can look for other options.

“Amit Mishra has been a tourist for some time, not getting a chance to play. He will bring some variety. The team can try him and see if the flow of runs can be stopped. Unless you try somebody, how are you going to know him”, he concluded.

South Africa tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Jul 24, 2014 (10:00 IST)   at Colombo

Afghanistan tour of Zimbabwe, 2014

Jul 24, 2014 (12:30 IST)   at Bulawayo

India tour of England 2014

Jul 27, 2014 (15:30 IST)   at Southampton

Pakistan tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Aug 6, 2014 (10:00 IST)   at Galle

India tour of England 2014

Aug 7, 2014 (15:30 IST)   at Manchester

More

Afghanistan tour of Zimbabwe, 2014

Jul 22, 2014  at Bulawayo

Afghanistan won by 2 wkts

Afghanistan tour of Zimbabwe, 2014

Jul 20, 2014  at Bulawayo

Zimbabwe won by 8 wkts

Afghanistan tour of Zimbabwe, 2014

Jul 18, 2014  at Bulawayo

Zimbabwe won by 6 wkts

India tour of England 2014

Jul 17, 2014  at London

India won by 95 runs

South Africa tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Jul 16, 2014  at Galle

South Africa won by 153 runs

Photos

Gallery: India vs England 2nd Test at Lord's

Videos

Alastair Cook jokes about his bowling

India’s wins in England — from 1971 to 2014

Ravindra Jadeja knighted by her majesty Queen Elizabeth II

India’s win over England in 2nd Test at Lord’s: Twitter reactions

Ishant Sharma pummels England into submission as India clinch Lord’s Test by 95 runs

Ishant Sharma registers name at Lord’s honours board, takes 6 wickets in 2nd Test against England

Bhuvneshwar Kumar England England vs India England vs India 2014 India India tour of England 2014 India vs England India vs England 2014 Ishant Sharma South Africa South Africa tour of Sri Lanka 2014 Sri Lanka Sri Lanka vs South Africa Sri Lanka vs South Africa 2014

Jos Buttler calls his Test call-up for England against India a “dream come true”

Pakistan court helps family of girl cricketer who committed suicide

Pakistan Cricket Board aims to introduce democratic process of governance

Sachin Tendulkar not offended by Maria Sharapova’s comment

Afghanistan beat Zimbabwe in 3rd ODI at Bulawayo by 2 wickets

Ishant Sharma: The enigma who takes key wickets

Statistical highlights of India vs England 2014, 2nd Test at Lord’s

Ishant Sharma’s email inbox after the Lord’s Test match against England

Ishant Sharma’s house targetted by fans after expecting another failure

India’s wins in England — from 1971 to 2014

Fan of the Day

Fan Cricket

Fan Cricket

11 Posts | 2 Fans

Brazil vs Netherlands, 3rd place Fifa World Cup 2014 match Video Highlights

What did Anil Kapoor do for daughters Sonam Kapoor and Rhea Kapoor’s Khoobsurat?

Why did Kareena Kapoor Khan reject six films in last five months?

Kejriwal meets families of Indians stranded in Iraq

Gaza toll 609 as US blames Hamas for crisis!

Telecom stocks ring in gain; Nifty zooms 84 points

Nvidia Shield Tablet powered by a Tegra K1 processor announced

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here