India got tactics wrong, says former skipper Dravid

November 27, 2012 - 3:56:03 am

 

Mumbai: Former Indian batsman Rahul Dravid believes India got their tactics wrong in Mumbai, including underestimating Panesar, who did not play in Ahmedabad, after India lost by 10 wickets in Mumbai yesterday. 

“They can’t afford to go into the next two Test matches asking for a pitch that turns straight away,” Dravid told BBC Sport.

“Dhoni will have to rethink his strategy. Maybe he did underestimate the quality of the England spinners, especially Panesar.

“Playing with three spinners doesn’t seem to work. They will have to relook at the composition of the attack.”

Dravid also does not expect India to change their batting line-up for the third Test in Kolkata, meaning veteran Sachin Tendulkar, who has made only 29 runs in the series, would keep his place.

“I don’t think the batting line-up will change, they will just need some better performances,” said Dravid, who made 13,288 runs in 164 Tests.

“I don’t think they will or should review Tendulkar’s future until the end of the series. We need someone of his experience.”

The next Test match of the four-match series takes place at Eden Garden on December 5.

The final Test takes place at Nagpur on December 13. India and England will then play two T20 matches after December 20 and 22. AGENCIES

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