Simon Doull slams 'rigid' India's selection policy

Former New Zealand bowler Simon Doull has criticised India for their poor performance in New Zealand and their team selection policy.

updated: January 29, 2014 21:43 IST
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Wellington: Former New Zealand fast bowler Simon Doull has questioned Indian team's selection policy in the ongoing five-match ODI series, which the visitors have already lost, and said he was surprised by the side's reluctance to change things around them. The Men in Blue haven't won a game in the ongoing tour so far, losing three of the four ODIs (one in Napier and twice in Hamilton), while tying one match at Auckland. The visitors also lost their hard-earned number one ODI ranking. (Read: Match report)

"I am surprised by the reluctance shown by the Indian team to change things around in this series," said Doull, after India lost the fourth ODI in Hamilton by seven wickets. "They bowled first throughout the series and then batted in a must-win game. Before that they selected two new players in the eleven and made a whole lot of changes in their batting line-up. They changed too much at one go and usually it doesn't work like that," he insisted. (Related: Very difficult for India to defend World Cup, says Gavaskar)

"After the first two ODIs, it was clear that the New Zealand batsmen had found out a weakness in their spin bowling, particularly during the middle overs. But they still persisted with Ravindra Jadeja and R Ashwin. Don't get me wrong, they are both fantastic cricketers, but why not try Amit Mishra once? He is a leg spinner and could have used the bounce better, and more than anything else, it would have been a change when the series was still there to play for. It is just one of many things that have gone wrong for India, but they didn't react to it quickly enough," he added.

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