India need Stuart Binny to maintain balance in the middle order: Sunil Gavaskar

After India's lost the first ODI to New Zealand by 24 runs in Napier, former batting great Sunil Gavaskar reckons that going in with two spinners may not be the best option on the seamer friendly tracks for MS Dhoni and Co.

updated: January 19, 2014 21:06 IST
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Team India started off their first assignment of 2014 with a 24-run loss to New Zealand in the first of the five one-dayers at Napier. With the Indian openers failing to come to terms with the fast, bouncy and seaming conditions, and most of the Indian bowlers unable to restrict the opposition batting during the middle overs, former cricketer Sunil Gavaskar feels India may well want to look at Stuart Binny as a handy inclusion in the playing XI for the second ODI at Hamilton. (Match report)

Speaking to NDTV from Napier after the match, Gavaskar feels playing an extra seamer instead of two frontline spinners is a more sensible option for MS Dhoni and Co.

"India will have to look at Stuart Binny coming in to the team. He will add to the fielding along with contributing with both bat and ball. On these pitches, his kind of seam up bowling will be a good idea. Going in with two spinners on seaming pitches is not exactly going to help," Gavaskar said. (Highlights)

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