India should bank on strengths in 2nd Test: Gavaskar to NDTV

Sunil Gavaskar recommends that India should rely on strengths like batting, spin and handling the new ball.

updated: November 22, 2012 20:21 IST
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New Delhi: Former cricketer Sunil Gavaskar said on Thursday that while he feels home teams should be given preference in having a say in the nature of the pitch, he also warned that it can and has backfired on India in the past.

Speaking to NDTV a day before the Mumbai Test, Gavaskar said that India should rely on its strengths. "I agree that the home team should have a say in the nature of the pitch for a Test, it can always backfire. It has back-fired in the past for India. Instead, India should rely on its strengths like a strong batting, spinners and the way Zaheer Khan and Umesh Yadav have managed the new ball," he said.

India amassed a mammoth 521 in the first innings of the Ahmedabad Test with huge knocks from Cheteshwar Pujara and Virender Sehwag.

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