Has the Indian Test Team failed or is it the people behind the scenes?
After a dismal 1.5 years in Test cricket, are we repeating the same mistakes, is Indian cricket in its toughest phase?
Here’s how they fared in the recent past
4 - 0 against England
4 - 0 against Australia
0 - 2 against New Zealand
2 - 1 trailing against England at home currently
Let’s look at some positives in last 1.5 years of test cricket :
* Rahul Dravid’s amazing form in England. He failed in all the 4 tests in Australia and immediately retired, a true gentleman.
* Virat Kohli's belligerent century in Australia, we need more youngsters to carry forward Indian cricket right from today.
* Ojha’s spell in Ahmedabad test. He is the only consistent bowler in the current series.
But apart from this everything else has failed. What actually went wrong, five top reasons according to me -
A. Selectors sticking with the same team/combination right through these 8 losses. Very bad, just shows how emotions play a part in Indian cricket and not common
B. Seniors not taking the responsibility in the away series. But Dravid, Laxman retired and made way for youngsters to come in.
C. Preparation/Practice - If we play continuous cricket where do we get time to prepare?
D. Investing in new talent - Drop non performing players, give youngsters chance, we haven’t done that.
E. Fielding - Jaded legs is one, but missing easy catches and run out chances is unacceptable.
We can say it’s a team failure, are captain and coach to be blamed? We can say each and everything has gone wrong, but how much fans have suffered?
MSD has to take more responsibility, both batting and keeping. Need to take tougher decisions on the field shell away the attitude of some players and have a say in
the selection too, but does he deserve to be in the team?
Sachin, the greatest batsman of all time, hasn’t had a good last year and a half. One or two good innings out of 20+ isn’t how a good player performs. If an Australian
or a South African great had such a bad run would he have been selected? Should the selectors drop him? Do we need Tendulkar to mentor youngsters and then retire?
All in all, tough decisions need to be taken now. We have lost 2 on the trot, if we draw or lose the next one too then that’s certainly a bad sign. Do we need to get
into that state that too at the start of long home season? Hope fans get to see an Indian Test victory at Nagpur!