Former players criticise India's poor show, call for changes
India lost by seven wickets in the third Test in Kolkata to concede an unassailable 2-1 series lead to England, who had earlier mauled the hosts by 10 wickets in the second match in Mumbai.
"England were well-prepared while India were over confident. The Indian preparation for this important series was diabolical," said former captain and ex-chief selector Dilip Vengsarkar.
"When we went to England we played one warm-up game before plunging into the Test series. The same happened when we went to Australia. By contrast England's preparations were very good. I hope the selectors show vision and courage of
conviction. At least a couple of changes are expected straightaway," he said.
Another former chief selector Kris Srikkanth directed his ire towards skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, calling him confused.
"Definitely Dhoni is confused. He does not know what to do and when things go out of control he just lets them drift away," he said.
Kiran More, also a former selector, said some changes should be made to the side ahead of the fourth Test starting on Thursday in Nagpur.
"We were outplayed in all departments and if you don't score 450 plus in the first innings on a track that was provided, you are already on the backfoot. At this point of time you cannot have wholesale changes, may be one or two changes
Previous selectors criticizing captainGobsmacked | 10-Dec-2012Reply | Forward This report mentions that previous selectors, Kris Srikanth and Dilip Vengsarkar, are criticzing Dhoni. Does anybody else find this ridiculous! This is the same team of selectors that fast tracked the retirements of Laxman and Dravid, did not make ANY changes when India was losing in England and Australia, made excuses for the team's poor performance and did not make ONE forward thinking team selection. Instead they rode the wave of India's one day success and the rise to No.1 test ranking and collected their fat cheques without having the decency to step down in shame for the debacle during their tenure.
Coach is not doing anythingApurv | 10-Dec-2012Reply | Forward India under Gary Kirsten became no.1 in test cricket. After he left, India is in a free fall. What is Duncan Fletcher doing to keep the morale of the team high in such a situation? Kirsten has taken over South African coaching duties and look how they have become new no.1 in test, beating Australia in Australia.