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Changes to the Indian Squad

MS Dhoni has just delivered a stunning away test win for India.   His tendency would be to go into the 3rd Test with an unchanged playing XI.  I think that would be a mistake and suggest that India goes in with the following XI.
  1. Murali Vijay
  2. Gautam Gambhir
  3. Virat Kohli
  4. Cheteshwar Pujara
  5. Ajinkya Rahane
  6. M S Dhoni
  7. Ravindra Jadeja
  8. Ravichandran Ashwin
  9. Bhuvaneshwar Kumar
  10. Mohammed Shami
  11. Ishanth Sharma

As you can see, I want two changes in the team. 
  • ·      Gambhir in place of Shikhar Dhawan.  Dhawan has to think long and hard about his game and how he is going to approach test cricket.  He is too cramped on the onside, too loose on the off side and plays the ball in the air more than any other opening batsman – a pattern that will be exploited by international bowling teams 9 times out of 10.   And Gambhir is in good nick and has the ability to fight it out in tough situations – something that Shikhar does not.
  • ·      Ashwin in place of Binny.  One feels a little sad for Binny – Dhoni seems to have no trust in his bowling abilities.  And very little trust in his batting either.  Ashwin can bat reasonably well.  And with ball in hand, he can be a handful in England, especially in the second innings of test matches.



India have a history of letting go of one match leads in long test match series’.  They need to make these changes and go in stronger into the third test.

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