The Australian media today described the star-studded Indian batting line-up as "useless rubble" and skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni as a "passive captain" as it taunts the visiting team for its abject surrender in the ongoing Test series.
India meekly surrendered the four-match series after being humiliated by Australia by an innings and 37 runs in the third Test here and the local media targetted the visiting side's highly-rated but struggling batsmen and captain Dhoni for the spineless show.
Gautam Gambhir and VVS Laxman at the nets.PIC/AFP
Under the headline 'India's pillars of strength reduced to useless rubble', 'The Australian' wrote, "Dhoni is not the only shaky pillar of what only eight months ago was the number one cricket nation in the world. VVS Laxman, once the scourge of Australian bowlers, is being flayed himself at home after scores of 2,1, 2, 66, 31 and 0.
"Virender Sehwag, who warmed up for this series by scoring the fastest double century in one-day international history, also is trending south faster than Scott and Amundsen, having followed up his whirlwind 67 in Melbourne with innings of 7, 30, 4, 0 and 10.
"Worst of all, Dhoni has failed with the bat. The Indian captain is no thunderer at the best of times -- neither is coach Duncan Fletcher, which may be part of the problem -- but how can he demand more of his batsmen when he has nowhere to hide behind scores of 6, 23, 57no, 2, 12 and 2?
India has not had a single century-maker in the past three Tests," it said.
Dhoni was described as one of the most passive captains to have led a side in Australia and one who doesn't inspire his teammates.
"Dhoni is the most passive captain to visit these shores since Andrew 'Freddie' Flintoff, whose 2006-07 England side also was coached, wait for it, by Fletcher. He allows matches to drift aimlessly and by the time he acts, it usually is way too late. Why, for instance, did he allow Warner and Cowan to put on 88 runs before introducing his fastest bowler Ishant Sharma?" a write up in 'The Australian' asked.