New Delhi: India’s meek surrender in two consecutive Tests against England on home turf was lambasted by former players, who felt it was high time the selectors made players accountable for their shambolic performance.
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 for the next Test match.
Former batsman Kirti Azad ridiculed the team’s performance and praised the Englishmen for adapting to the
“It is not just the batsmen, it is the entire team. I fail to understand that our spinners were struggling to take wickets but look at the spinners of the England team. They have bowled to a very good line. They are not trying anything because the wicket is helpful.”
“They have managed to put batsmen under a lot of pressure and you could see that even the god of cricket struggled to get into form. I have heard Niranjan Shah say that this team can do wonders. Sure it can but only in the dressing room I suppose,” he said.
Azad said the team lacks consistent performers.
“I think we have the best team on paper. I hope we are not reduced to paper tigers. We have some great players in the side but it seems they are supporting each other rather than trying to support and make a good Indian team.”
“We have good players who can perform well but then your greatness is known by your consistency, if you don’t have consistency than you old records will not help you,” he said.
Forner captain Mohammed Azharuddin said,”It was a disappointing performance and it was time for youngsters to get a chance.”