Gaurav Kalra: But Imran how do you drop players of the calibre of Harbhajan Singh and Anil Kumble? Not just their caliber, but their proven record? How do you drop someone like say Anil Kumble or Harbhajan and include a third seamer in the form of Ajit Agarkar whose record does not match the record of these two individuals?And where did you read that theory first? Here, three weeks ago!
Imran Khan: I am great one for specialist and the ones who are better bowlers and if Kumble is better bowler than Agarkar, then I would put him in. But, then again, if I look at the wickets which has grass in it and see the weather conditions, I am afraid I will have to make a choice. I would actually go in with five bowlers. I have gone in Test matches with five bowlers. If I have got quality bowlers, because the wicket changes over five days, so first two days might still help seamers, but the last two or three days it will help spinners. They will have a better chance than seamers. So there I would take a risk.
Gaurav Kalra: You are not a believer in the theory that the four best bowlers should play.
Imran Khan: I think yes, four best bowlers should play, but, I would always look at the weather condition. And if the conditions favour seamers, then I am afraid I would then have to start thinking, that look, I have to win this match, I have got to get 20 wickets to win this match, what’s the best way I can do it? I might go in with five bowlers.
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