Low: Dhoni's battle with curators & poor excuses: After a shameful loss in Mumbai, MS Dhoni asked for a 'turning pitch' at the Eden Gardens . But the pitch curator at Kolkata had other ideas and he has a war of words with the Indian skipper , that didn’t go down well with the BCCI. Maybe Captain Cool should have trained his attention on improving his team's skills instead of blaming the pitch. This year has been far from Dhoni's best and calls for him to step down as skipper are getting louder every single day.
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Trust the Viru-Gambhir partnership: One of the most successful Indian opening pairs, Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir, have come under scrutiny for their poor form. Even though Gambhir has defended their partnership, many cricket analysts have criticised the Delhi pair. But if India needs to upstage the English, Dhoni should put their trust in them and they could take the team home with match winning knocks.
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Play Yuvraj Singh: The Chandigarh-born southpaw was picked for the first two test matches against England for the forthcoming series. Yuvraj Singh last played in a Test match in November, 2011 against West Indies in Mumbai. Yuvi has already proven his fitness and Dhoni should have no reason to not play the left-hander in the opening two tests. Yuvraj can stabilise the middle-order and also can come in handy with the ball.
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Play three spinners: Harbhajan Singh was a surprise call for the test squad and now will compete alongside the likes of Pragyan Ojha and R Ashwin. Looking back at past records, we know that England batsmen are vulnerable to spin and especially on Indian turning tracks, our spin bowlers have the quality to curb them. If Dhoni wants to go for the kill, a 3-spinner attack doesn't seem a bad idea at all! (In pic: R Ashwin and Pragyan Ojha)
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Attack the English mindset: England are coming to the contest after a spate of serious controversies regarding Kevin Pietersen (who is back in the team). After the loss to the Proteas on their home turf, the Poms have found a new captain in Alastair Cook. Though the skipper has quashed 'rift' rumours, there could be traces of animosity between the players. If India can somehow pick up on these and exploit them to their advantage, they will surely have the upper hand!
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Fletcher-Dhoni should pick the 'right' team: Indian coach Duncan Fletcher has received flak for his coaching style over a period of time. It’s about time the coach and the skipper sat together at the drawing board and laid down few plans for the tour. When India toured England, it was cleary seen that Dhoni and his men had no gameplan whatsoever. If Fletcher-Dhoni can get some things on target, a 4-0 series victory could well be on the cards!