Is Jaffer currently better than Gambhir and Sehwag?

Selections have backfired, planning has failed, questions have been raised and answers have not been given. Top it with the series losses at home to England and Pakistan and Indian cricket seems to be spiralling downwards at a rapid rate.

So, rather than chirp about building  a squad for World Cup 2015 while the team looks so vulnerable in 2013, shouldn't the cricket think-tank consider some short-term solutions?

"The thinking which goes behind the team should be deeper — especially in Test cricket, where we have slid to number five. While England have been ultra-analytic in their planning, Australia have gone for a rotation policy. With India, we've been static where planning is concerned," said cricket expert Ayaz Memon on Sports Talk.

Time for a recall? Reuters

Time for a recall? Reuters

There has been a lot of discussion on creating a pool for the 2015 World Cup, but that sort of thinking seems amiss where the longer format of the game is concerned. And with the top order looking so wobbly, India have two options.

"I think a short-term solution is the way to go, or else to tighten your seat belts and punt on youngsters while ready to lose for the next three years. But you've already lost 18-20 months losing everywhere. Can we afford another 18 months of losing?" questions Ayaz.

With an immediate solution in mind, what stands out is the absence of Ranji Trophy veterans in the team. As Ayaz explains, India have been obsessed with injecting youth everywhere. But sometimes, a player like Wasim Jaffer, who has been so consistent, can be the answer to plugging the gap in a team in transition.

"If youth doesn't work, then someone like Jaffer should be thrown into the pool," admits Ayaz.

But at the end of the day, it all comes down to strategy. When you compare India's record under Gary Kirsten to Duncan Fletcher's, the latter's numbers seem dismal. And one of the reasons could be that the Englishman cannot handle the pressure of looking after all three formats.

Ayaz says, "There is merit in the thought that India can have different coaches for different formats. Fletcher hasn't had enough time to spend in the domestic circuit, so he's relying on someone else's planning."

Watch the full video as Ayaz Memon and Sports Editor Ashish Magotra discuss the solutions for the Indian team.

Updated Date: Jan 29, 2013 09:53 AM

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