India need to attack Cook, Pietersen: Rameez Raja

Last Updated: Dec 04, 2012, 21:11 PM IST

Kolkata: Former Pakistan skipper Rameez Raja on Tuesday said India should look to attack inform England batsmen Alastair Cook and Kevin Pietersen if they wish to make a comeback in the four-match series which is now tied at 1-1.

Raja felt India were seemingly under desperation to avenge their 0-4 defeat.

"They seemed to be in a hurry in preparing a rank turner in Mumbai. They could have taken it easy after their fine win in Ahmedabad," the former cricketer-turned-commentator said ahead of the third Test, starting tomorrow in Kolkata.

"Only two English batsmen -- Alastair Cook and Kevin Pietersen -- are in form. Indian bowlers should attack them," Raja said addressing media on STAR Cricket`s Hindi presentation panel today.

Former India opener Navjot Singh Sidhu, who is also part of the panel, said India should bring in leg-spinner Amit Mishra to exploit English batsmen`s weakness.

"India`s fortess is shaken. We have to see who takes the cake. India are currently on a descend. We are not here for hospitality. It has to be patta or turning wicket. You should always capitalise on your strengths," he said.

Summing up India`s plight after England`s resounding 10-wicket win on a turning Wankhede wicket, Sidhu said, "It has never happened in the past 30 years. I don`t remember any team coming here and dominating our spinners.

The current India-England Test series is being telecast on STAR Cricket in Hindi with Sidhu, Raja, Kapil Dev, Sourav Ganguly and Arun Lal were being roped in as experts.