Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Tuesday said the lack of a genuine all-rounder is a concern and the team needs to find someone like Ravindra Jadeja who has been rested for the two-match Test series against the West Indies due to a shoulder strain.
India will begin Sachin Tendulkar’s farewell series in international cricket with the first Test beginning at the Eden Gardens here on Wednesday.
The absence of Jadeja has tilted the balance of the side.
“It has been a bit of a concern. I’ve always said that we need good seam bowler or a frontline spinner who can bat a bit. At times you don’t realise the importance of a particular player. People criticise so much.
“Now that we don’t have Jadeja we are thinking whether to have a fifth bowler or maybe another spinner who can bat a bit. Is it that the batting will become thin,” Dhoni told reporters at the pre-match press conference.
The skipper said there are not enough options at the moment.
“We will have to find someone to do the job. It’s always good to have a plan B or C... At the moment we don’t have too many who can do the job,” Dhoni said.
India are in a quandary over the bowling line-up and they are not sure whether to play with a five-men attack or give in-form Rohit Sharma the Test cap while using him as a part-time offspinner.
Asked whether Ajinkya Rahane or Rohit Sharma would get the No 6 spot, the skipper said: “Well the thing is whether we want to go with four bowlers or have a fifth to the attack, or someone who can bowl a bit if needed. That’s one major decision. Though the decision is one, it’s divided into three different aspects.
“If we go with five bowlers, both of them may not play.
If we need someone who can bowl a bit of off-spin then Rohit plays. Thirdly, if we go with four specialist bowlers, Ajinkya stays,” he said.