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Former cricket stalwarts slam India's dismal show in England

India’s shambolic show in the five-Test series against England has not gone down well with some of the finest practitioners of the game. Here’s what they said...


Ajinkya Rahane walks back to the pavilion after his dismissal for four on Sunday. PIC/Bipin Patel

Nasser Hussain

I will give Gautam Gambhir one out of 10 for his performance in England. Only he is to be blamed for his run out at The Oval. He never looked confident at all. He only wanted to take that single, which was never there, to avoid Jimmy Anderson

Dilip Doshi

When we played for India, we were prepared to even give a leg for our country. But that pride is missing in this team. I’d like to ask them why are they playing for India. If it is for the money then they should leave right away and take up a career in business, but please stop treating cricket like a business. They were never confident against seam bowling and if you don’t know how to face seam bowling, you cannot come to England

Gundappa Viswanath

I am not happy with MS Dhoni’s wicket-keeping and his captaincy. He has got his own mind. He always keeps repeating that. He always expects a miracle. Miracles cannot happen all the time. It happens once in a blue moon

Sunil Gavaskar 

Even till two days ago, I was defending the team. But you see them today, they have made the same mistakes over and over again. It means the team is not learning. Do they care about it? I don’t know. Most of these players have played in South Africa, New Zealand and England. How much of a rope do you give a young player? I think somewhere down the line some firm decisions have to be taken. I don’t know if they will be taken

Sourav Ganguly

There have to be some harsh decisions. The selectors’ outlook has to change — when you pick your players, when you identify talent, these are the things you have to look for: who gets runs for you in difficult circumstances, who gets runs for you when the chips are down, who gets runs for you when you are 50-5 

Dilip Vengsarkar

Of late the BCCI is not giving much importance to Test cricket.  It was evident from the fact that there was hardly any preparation for the tour. Besides, the itinerary was poorly drawn as there were no side games either before the Test series or in-between the Tests. That did not allow out of form players to fight back

Ajit Wadekar 

What was coach Duncan Fletcher doing after we won the Lord’s Test on a difficult pitch? This is where he lacked imagination in keeping the lead. Yes, I think Fletcher has to go. Skipper MS Dhoni changed his technique and batted well. But why he did not change his tactics as captain foxes me

Geoffrey Boycott

Gautam never looked calm, or composed. He was like a terrified tortoise. How can he open the innings?

Shane Warne

England went on to improve after the Lord’s Test defeat while India only went down and down after that win. I cannot understand their priorities

With inputs from Debasish Datta in London and agencies

Michael Vaughan rubs it in

London: Michael Vaughan took criticism to another level after the former England skipper posted a ‘white flag’ on his twitter handle, terming it as the new Indian cricket flag after MS Dhoni and Co’s abject surrender at the Oval.

Vaughan not only slammed the Indian team for its poor showing after the innings and 244 runs loss at the Oval and the subsequent 3-1 series loss, but also came down heavily on the fans.


The white flag that Vaughan tweeted

“Indian cricket fans just accept it’s banter.... Your team haven’t performed,” tweeted Vaughan. Getting behind a 338-run lead on the third day of the fifth and final Test, the Indian batting just caved in as they were shot for for a paltry 94 runs. Even during the ‘procession’, Vaughan kept on tweeting his celebrations. “England fantastic... India clearly have sight seeing trips booked in for tomorrow...”, he wrote.

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