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Let's play Pathan and Tiwary: Ganguly

February 07, 2012 08:54 IST

India should draft all-rounder Irfan Pathan and Manoj Tiwary in the side for the next tri-series match even if it means dropping a spinner along with Suresh Raina, suggested former skipper Sourav Ganguly.

India will play Sri Lanka on Wednesday after losing the fist match to Australia by 65 runs.

Sourav GangulayIndia had rested Virender Sehwag and included two spinners in Ravichandran Ashwin and Rahul Sharma for the first match, a ploy with which Ganguly was hardly impressed.

"In the next game, India should play Irfan Pathan instead of a spinner, as that will add variety to their attack. Pathan is a left-hander who swings the ball well. Pathan is needed because India is playing too many spinners, whereas even in Sunday's game, Vinay Kumar and the Australian

pacemen made the most of the pitch," Ganguly said.

Ganguly

said Bengal batsman Tiwary deserved a place in the side in place of Raina.

"I

also wonder why Manoj Tiwary is not playing. Here is a man who scored a hundred in his last match against the West Indies under pressure, and on current form should play ahead of Suresh Raina who has looked suspect against the short stuff," Ganguly wrote in his column for Sydney Morning Herald.

Ganguly also felt that Sehwag's presence in the top-order

was crucial to India.

"India

also needs the injured Virender Sehwag back. Sachin Tendulkar had not played a one-day match for 10 months, and it's not easy to accelerate from the word go.

"Gautam Gambhir did get a good fifty in the last Twenty20

game, but hasn't looked convincing as yet," he said.

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