Ashok Dinda, replacing injured Umesh Yadav, is the only new face in the Indian squad for the next Test. Even though making more changes could have given English some psychological edge over Indians, but making at least a couple of changes could have motivated Indians players to perform better as well.
AFTER THE embarrassing loss to England in the second Test match of the series, only a single change was made in the Indian team for the next match with Ashok Dinda replacing injured Umesh Yadav. But, if the selectors wanted, they could have made some more changes to keep other players on their toes.
For instance, they could have brought either Suresh Raina or Manoj Tiwary into the team, as especially the latter has been in good form as seen at the domestic level. Raina's or Tiwary's presence in the dressing room would also send signs to the Indian middle order, which includes primarily Virat Kohli
and Yuvraj Singh
that their place should not be taken for granted. Sachin Tendulkar
, another middle order batsman will never be dropped for his dismal performances. Indian players are known for taking their place for granted and this Indian team is also no different.
In the bowling department, the same case follows, where Ashwin and Ojha have taken their place for granted. No doubt, they are premier spinners of the Indian team, but they also need to face serious challenges for their spot in the Indian team and Harbhajan Singh is not the bowler he was couple years ago, so may be some other young spinner could have been at least shown the Indian dressing room and this could have helped Ashwin perform much better, as he came up with a below par performance in the ongoing Test series.
Making drastic changes, on the flip side, could have probably given the English team a psychological edge over their opponents. But, with only a solo change in the squad, they have shown faith in the players that had already been selected for the series, hence, they need to pay back.