India drop three veteran stars for the fourth and final Test against England in Nagpur

Last Updated: 13/12/12 12:40pm

MS Dhoni and Duncan Fletcher: Under pressure to avoid series defeat

India have dropped three of their most experienced players from their squad ahead of the fourth and final Test against England in Nagpur.

All-rounder Yuvraj Singh, veteran spinner Harbhajan Singh and left-arm seamer Zaheer Khan have been axed following the seven-wicket defeat in Kolkata that earned England a 2-1 lead in the series.

Batting all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja, leg-spinner Piyush Chawla and paceman Parvinder Awana have been called up as the hosts attempt to avoid a first home series defeat to England since 1985.

"The coach has excellent technical knowledge about batting, and guides the players in the right direction. Ultimately, once you cross that rope, you are on your own."

MS Dhoni

India have been comprehensively outplayed since cruising to a nine-wicket win in the opener at Ahmedabad last month.

Fiery criticism has been directed at coach Duncan Fletcher and captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who insisted the players should be held accountable for their poor performances rather than the former England coach.

"The coach has excellent technical knowledge about batting, and guides the players in the right direction," said Dhoni. "Ultimately, once you cross that rope, you are on your own.

"That's where we are lacking as of now. It's wrong to question the coach, because we have won quite a few series.

"We should not look for excuses. It's up to the 11 players on the field."

India squad for fourth Test: MS Dhoni (Capt, Wkt), G Gambhir, V Sehwag, S Tendulkar, V Kohli, P Chawla, C Pujara, R Ashwin, A Dinda, P Ojha, A Rahane, P Awan, I Sharma, Murali Vijay, R Jadeja.

India squad for two Twenty20 Internationals (v England, 20 and 22 December in Pune and Mumbai): MS Dhoni (Capt, Wkt), G Gambhir, A Rahane, V Kohli, R Sharma, S Raina, Y Singh, M Tiwary, R Ashwin, R Jadeja, P Chawla, A Dinda, B Kumar, L Balaji, P Awana.

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What will be the outcome of the fourth Test?

  • India win
  • Draw
  • England win