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Erstwhile Indian pacer Ghavri says leg-spinner Mishra should have played in the New Zealand series

PTI
Published Feb 18, 2014, 9:37 pm IST
Updated Mar 19, 2019, 9:15 am IST
Ex-India pacer Karsan Ghavri feels that leggie Amit Mishra should have played in New Zealand.

Mumbai: Leggie Amit Mishra, who has been virtually a passenger with the Indian touring team without getting into the playing eleven, should have been tried out by the team management during the New Zealand series to show his mettle, said former India pacer Karsan Ghavri here today.

"I think other spinners should be given a chance. Unfortunately on such fast wickets (like in New Zealand), the spinners are not getting a chance to show their talent. I personally feel Amit Mishra should have been given a chance. Even (Ravichandran) Ashwin hasn't done really well in New Zealand (in ODIs)," Ghavri said.

 

"It is a matter of how they plan it out. Strategically, they are going somewhere wrong," added the 62-year-old Saurashtra-born former left-arm bowler who was the first pacer from the country to reach 100 wickets in Test cricket.

On the Indian pace attack's display in the second Test at Wellington where New Zealand made 680 for 8 declared in the second innings, Ghavri said the bowlers should have pitched the ball up rather than use the short stuff.

"It all depends on which area to bowl in. How the New Zealanders are bowling? They pitch it up because if you dig it in, if you try to bowl short, it is not going to really help. The line and length and the accuracy is very much required, which unfortunately our bowlers are missing."

Queried about India losing their fourth successive series overseas, Ghavri -- who took part in the Louis Philippe Cup Golf pro-am event at the BPGC course in Chembur -- blamed the featherbed wickets provided for in domestic cricket.

"If the pitches are not made fast at the under 16, 19 and Ranji levels, we will be a little exposed to bouncy and fast wickets when we go abroad and play series against Australia, West Indies, England and South Africa," he said.

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