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India need to tighten batting against Ireland: Gavaskar

Former captain Sunil Gavaskar feels India need to tighten up their batting and go full throttle against Ireland on Tuesday to emerge as group table-toppers in the ongoing ICC cricket World Cup. Defending champions India will take on Ireland here in their fifth match of the World Cup and Gavaskar said they should settle for nothing less than a win. “Winning is the only thing that matters. There was a scare after Suresh Raina got out in the last match, also Virat Kohli's shot selection was a worry. So India need to tighten up their batting and play like it is the finals. Batters have to be careful about the swing in the air and off the pitch. It will be cooler in New Zealand then Australia. For bowlers, they will be happy because the ball will swing more. They have been the star for India, they dismissed all the teams so far,” Gavaskar told a news channel. Asked if India should test the bench strength, Gavaskar said: "No, not with Ireland. India needs to win tomorrow to top their group. Ireland is a good side and Dhoni is right in not changing the winning combination. May be if they win against Ireland, they can try out a few things against Zimbabwe, may be a Stuart Binny or a Ambati Rayudu can be get a hit.”
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