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Caught by the Turn

If spin can win matches for India, it can for the Aussies too

Caught by the Turn
Caught by the Turn
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The bad news, of course, is that India's only strike spinner, Anil Kumble, will be unavailable, nursing an injury. Desperately seeking spinners, the selectors, after watching almost all the Duleep Trophy games, have now picked on a motley group of tweakers: Rahul Sanghvi, Murali Karthik, Sharandeep Singh, Harbhajan Singh, Balaji Rao, Sunil Joshi and Venkatapathy Raju—all of whom bowled well on the placid tracks on which the Duleep games were played.

Apart from Raju, Joshi and Punjab off-spinner Harbhajan Singh, India has picked a bunch of rookie spinners, two of whom—left-armer Sanghvi and leg-spinner Balaji Rao—have no Test experience. Punjab off-spinner Sharandeep Singh made his Test debut in Nagpur against Zimbabwe last year while left-arm spinner Karthik has played four Tests after his debut against South Africa in Mumbai in 1999-2000.

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