India under fire from all quarters

December 10, 2012
MS Dhoni

by Binguyen

The world’s media is climbing all over MS Dhoni and his beleaguered team following a second comprehensive defeat in the home test series against England. With one match left to play, starting in Nagpur on 13 December, India can at best only savage a draw in the series, a feat which currently seems beyond them. Reaction is varying from mild criticism to hysterical calls for heads on the chopping block.

The Times of India has kicked off with some damning words. “It’s time for a clean up. Drastic steps are needed, for this side fields terribly, bowls pathetically and capitulates cravenly while batting.”
A leading Indian TV channel has called for the selectors to “sack stars to save India.”
Geoff Boycott lays the blame squarely at the door of India’s current fad for T20 cricket. “India’s batsmen have shown a lack of patience and adaptability to playing Test cricket. This country is crazy on T20 since the onset of the IPL. Their own players are earning such huge sums of money that it is affecting their technique, mental attitude and perspective on cricket.”
Rahul Dravid agrees “that T20 is one side of things, but the main thing is the players’ lack of skill and ability, which is more worrying for me.”
Kris Srikkanth, former Chairman of Selectors, blames MS Dhoni. “He is lost about what to do. He is confused and when things go out of his control, he just lets things drift.”
Former India captain Bishen Bedi agrees “I think MS Dhoni has been lucky as a captain; Indian captains do not normally survive this long while losing. I think the Indians are paying for their lack of preparation and an obsession with avenging the 4-0 whitewash in England last year.”
Aakash Chopra thinks India’s strategy may be flawed. “So, depriving England an opportunity to play against spinners in the warm-up games wasn’t that great an idea after all!”
Kapil Dev believes that the selectors should be more transparent. “What we would want is that selectors and the board tells us what is their plan… don’t hide. People are very concerned, lets not have rumours. They should come out straight. Rumours are not good for the country and for the team.”
Former skipper Sourav Ganguly endorses the idea of split captaincy. “I am not saying just ship Dhoni off all the formats of the game because India are going into a transition phase and building a new team.”
David Lloyd thinks that the home side now need to show 1.1 billion people that they actually care. “Their fans deserve more. I want to see a major reaction from their players but can’t see them beating England unless they improve their skill levels and attitude infinitely.”
And what is skipper MS Dhoni saying about his leadership? For the time being, he is prepared to stay on and battle. “The easiest thing for me to do right now is to give up the captaincy and be part of the side, because that’s just running away from the responsibility. I have to get the team together, and be prepared for the next Test match.”
The Scoop 10/12/12

One Comment to “India under fire from all quarters”

  1. Sunil
    December 10th, 2012 @ 11:23 am

    One more chance for the old guard – Tendulkar, Sehwag and Gambir. The next generation is itching to grab its chance.

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