Kolkata Test: Problem isn't the pitch, it's the dressing room

FP Sports, Nov, 28 2012
Kolkata Test: Problem isn't the pitch, it's the dressing room

The last time India lost by 10 wickets at home was way back in March 2001 against Australia at Mumbai. And we all know what happened in Kolkata after that. Harbhajan Singh, Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman combined to give India one of it's most memorable Test wins.

In 2001, India had run into Adam Gilchrist. The Australian wicket-keeper had smashed 122 off 112 balls to rescue his side after they had been reduced to 99 for 5 and then the brittle Indian batting line-up did the rest.

Dhoni and Fletcher have a lot of problems on their hands. Reuters

Now, once again, the stage is set. India go into Kolkata -- the second Test begins on December 5 -- after a 10-wicket loss at Mumbai. So how will India respond? Will we see a repeat of the 2001 magic? Will India fight it's way to glory once again?

"I think the team need to get balance back in the side— playing three spinners is a joke," said senior cricket writer Ayaz Memon. "There cannot be a bigger and a better wake up call than the Mumbai loss. This is like a slap in your face. You did everything to win the match— from the curator, from winning the toss, from batting first, from packing the side with spinners... what more? The loss means there is something fundamentally wrong. The problem is not with the pitch, the selectors, the BCCI or the fans— it's in the dressing room and in the minds of the players and that's what needs to be understood."

There is talk once again that Dhoni wants a turner at Kolkata. Is it a defeatist attitude?

"You can't go into the match thinking of a draw, because you'll end up losing it. You have to go in thinking you'll win the match and the series too. If you don't have that frame of mind, then with all your mighty names you're going to bite dust."

Published Date: Nov 28, 2012 | Updated Date: Nov 28, 2012

Team Rankings

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3925 123
2 South Africa 3050 117
3 Australia 3087 100
4 England 3362 99
5 New Zealand 3114 97
Rank Team Points Rating
1 South Africa 5957 119
2 Australia 5505 117
3 India 4579 114
4 England 5645 113
5 New Zealand 5123 111
Rank Team Points Rating
1 New Zealand 1625 125
2 England 1962 123
3 Pakistan 2417 121
4 West Indies 2222 117
5 India 2183 115