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'India shouldn't use spin just for the sake of it'

Javagal Srinath thinks spinners will obviously have a big role to play in this World Cup, but that shouldn't stop teams from playing to their strength.

cricket Updated: Feb 14, 2011 21:56 IST
Atreyo Mukhopadhyay

Javagal Srinath thinks spinners will obviously have a big role to play in this World Cup, but that shouldn't stop teams from playing to their strength.

In a brief interaction with some media persons on Sunday, India's only genuine fast bowler in recent memory said it shouldn't be spin just for the sake of spin.

"Even India play with three fast bowlers with part-timers assisting the lone specialist spinner.

"Spinners have greater responsibility in Indian conditions but by and large, our 3-1 strategy hasn't changed," said Srinath, adding that he practically couldn't watch a ball of the India-Australia game, running around in his new role as secretary of the Karnataka State Cricket Association.

"It's a question of playing to your strength. This can be pace or spin.

"Just because these conditions favour spinners doesn't mean you have go all out with that because even to exploit these conditions, you have to have spinners with specialised skills."

Srinath was looking forward to watching the Indian fast bowlers in action. "I have tremendous faith in Zaheer Khan's ability. He is really the one to watch out for. Then, Ashish Nehra has come a long way since the 2003 World Cup. There are lots of experience in our pace attack," said the man who led India's pace attack with these two, eight years ago in South Africa, where India finished runners-up.

Asked about the teams he would watch for their pace attacks, the tall man from Mysore said: "India and Australia of course. Then South Africa because of Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel. England too have a few interesting quick bowlers."

With the focus on spin, there will at least be somebody to follow the other breed of bowlers with keen interest.