Kolkata: India should include a specialist spinner in the playing XI for the Southampton Test, beginning tomorrow, former Indian great Gundappa Viswanath said.
Without naming Ravichandran Ashwin, the former India captain felt there was a need to make it a two-spin attack along with Ravindra Jadeja.
"They should take a specialist spinner. But I cannot judge the conditions in Soutampton. Managment and captain are the best judge. I don`t know what the management is thinking they know what`s the condition there.
"Jadeja is still a part-time spinner but India have won, so it`s good," the 65-year-old, who`s here as the chief guest of the Cricket Association of Bengal`s annual awards ceremony, told reporters.
The stylish right-hander also backed struggling Virat Kohli, saying it`s a matter of time that the talented youngster would be back among runs.
"People and the media might say a lot of things but how can he change. Technique can`t change. I think technically he is okay. He has had success with the same technique."
"Getting runs is getting back to form. If he gets a big score it`s better for the Indian cricket. He is too good a player, he`ll be back among runs," Viswanath said.
As a tip for any youngster, he said a batsman should visualise a match condition on the eve of a Test without thinking much of the pitch. "Never think about pitch, otherwise you`re losing 20 per cent of your batting. Visualise yourself before going to bed and don`t complicate. Relax during the morning session as it will get your footwork going.
"Before a Test, I always visualised myself against opponent bowlers and how to play against them the previous night before I went to sleep."
Asked how to tackle a `mystery spinner`, he said, "You just need to pick up the length of ball. There`s nothing called a mystery bowler or a mystery ball."
Terming the Ravindra Jadeja-James Anderson alleged spat unfortunate, Viswanath said, "Cricket is still a gentleman`s game. That`s how I played the game, I walked back it was on my mind. I am not saying batsman should walk but it shouldn`t have happenned. I feel one should not make a scene even if you`re given a wrong decision."