Australia v India, 4th Test, Adelaide, 4th day January 27, 2012

Rigid India falter again

Even after seven batting failures on tour, the visitors didn't try to break the rut by experimenting with the batting order
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In the end it was so sad it was funny. With less than three overs to go in the day's play, VVS Laxman fell to a long hop, and walked off stunned. Out came Ishant Sharma, a nightwatchman for No. 7 Wriddhiman Saha. Virat Kohli, India's best batsman on the tour, and not used to trusting the lower order, understandably forgot the purpose of a nightwatchman, and instead began to shield Ishant. In doing so, he ran himself out on the last ball of the penultimate over, trying to steal a single.

It was funny because it happened on a day batsmen were falling to full tosses and long hops. It was instructive because it laid bare the mental state the team is in. It was sad because throughout the eight innings of a series where the batsmen have underperformed, consigning Ishant to nightwatchman duties has been the only change India have brought to their batting order.

It is baffling enough that the batting personnel have continued unchanged - it still is consistent with India's traditional ways however incorrect it sounds - but previous captains and previous teams have played around with the batting order to try to break the hold of the opposition bowlers in tough times. India's 10 years of good Test cricket have been replete with occasions when VVS Laxman has been promoted to No. 3 to do something different. India have made those decisions at times in the middle of a series, at times in the middle of a match, and sometimes before the start of a series.

They did so famously in Kolkata in 2000-01 under Sourav Ganguly and John Wright. On a beast of a turner in Mumbai in 2003-04, the team of Rahul Dravid and Wright once again promoted Laxman to reap a gem again. Anil Kumble, forced in part by the decision to open with Dravid, asked Laxman to bat at 3 on the last trip to Australia with good results. Kumble and Gary Kirsten did the same when India could read Mendis and Murali in Sri Lanka in 2008, although it didn't work this time.

In Australia, though, the Indian batsmen have been failing innings after innings all series in almost the same manner, but there seems to be no effort to shake things up. Innings after innings we have spent hoping for the sight of Laxman or Virat Kohli - who incidentally finds himself in a state similar to what Laxman did in 1999-2000 - walking out at the fall of the first wicket, but India have been set in their ways. The Australian bowlers have not been forced to change their pre-series plans at all.

If the ways with the Indian team management have been so set, perish the thought of sending in Virender Sehwag, so clearly struggling against new moving ball, in the middle order to perhaps better use him. And at any rate, even if you are going to be stubborn, it didn't make much sense in leaving a young Kohli stranded with the tail so often.

It is perhaps unfair on Dravid to ask him to open yet again. It is possible the captains might have felt it disrespectful to demote him. That, though, is not close to reality. Had they changed the batting order, it would have been a desperate move. And these have been desperate times. That was the successful Indian team's hallmark: they found a way. You are losing, you are losing consistently, you change things up. You try to break the rhythm. Sometimes you need to do desperate things.

Because promoting Laxman has worked in the past, it was surprising to hear from MS Dhoni after Perth that until then India had never given a thought to changing the batting order in their six previous failures at all. That rules out the reluctance of any of the batsmen to bat out of their comfort zones. Forget the batting order, which is less fluid than bowling changes, India introduced Ishant in Perth after Umesh Yadav had been introduced, taken off, and brought back again to bowl to a rampaging David Warner. Dhoni's reasoning was that they did so because Ishant is not a swing bowler. Because of that stubbornness Ishant came on to bowl when Australia had reached 0 for 89, and Zaheer Khan had gone for 44 in his six overs.

In Adelaide, although as defensive as Dhoni, Sehwag at least juggled better with the bowlers. R Ashwin was brought in as early as the fourth over, albeit on a track that was closest to what you get in India, and the results were there. This is not to say that India would have won the series or lost fewer Tests had they changed the batting order. Nor is this to suggest that Laxman would have scored a century from No. 3 or Kohli would have scored more than he has from No. 6 or Dravid or Sehwag would have found form batting lower than they have been doing. However, by doing so, India would have shown desperation at the most desperate of times as opposed to going through the motions as props in a play that was almost certain to go down this path ever since they were bowled out for 191 on the first day in Sydney.

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Wismay on January 28, 2012, 13:56 GMT

    @ Jose Puliampatta Why are you bringing some useless topic? I was talking about batting order and in australia openers were struggling and Tendulkar could have opened but no one mentions it and Rahul's name is mentioned, including in this article. Sachin has done well in this series? Why are you mentioning it? Compare it to Dravid in England! So you are admitting that Sachin will fail if he bats on any other position? If not why did you mention his runs while talking about batting order? Stop being a fanboy. Rahul fails in one series and you guys start about changing his batting order. Why the same doesn't apply to Sachin? He has failed many times and gone through bad phases like Dravid. It is nothing but bias and worshipping someone as God, without any objectivity.

  • Wismay on January 28, 2012, 10:59 GMT

    What difference will batting order do when players are struggling? What most guys overlooking is even when Rahul was successful with 3 centuries in England, India got thrashed 0-4. So the problem won't be solved by one Rahul or Laxman or Sachin. All players need good training to play on foreign pitches. And India can't get good bowlers if they keep playing on batting friendly pitches. Ridiculous bowling and inept batting, how can India win?

  • on January 28, 2012, 5:38 GMT

    @Ishwar Prashad: You hit the nail on the head on one point: this Australian side is not a great one by any means.

    I don't think the Aussie team is as good as India made them look, and I don't believe that the Indian players are as bad as their team result makes them look.

    I think the result is due to rigidity, but not as described in this article:

    The Australian bowlers turned unexceptional individuals into a very good unit by sticking to a plan;

    The Indian batsmen turned a lineup including some exceptional batsmen into a mediocre unit by refusing to adjust to the bowlers' plans;

    The Indian bowlers turned individuals who ranged from average to very good into a below-average unit by straying from plans;

    And the Australian batting lineup turned individuals who ranged from possibly below-average to one or two exceptional into a very good unit by at least one or two understanding and adjusting to the situation.

    India actually need to be more rigid in places, and less so in others

  • zenboomerang on January 28, 2012, 5:09 GMT

    @Sidharth Monga... It is all good & well to blame the batsmen, but not acknowledging the Oz bowling group shows a lack of completeness... Oz now have 2 top 10 world ranked bowlers(Siddle, Hilfy) with Pattinson just below Ishant after just 4 Tests & Harris one of the most economical & tight bowlers going around... Yet for India only Zaheer stood up in all 4 Tests with Ashwin OK, Yadav a work in progress & Ishant bowling the same length as Oz bowlers did last year to England... This Test series India needed 3 batters to stand up & 3 bowlers - sad to say it just didn't happen...

  • yuvirulz99 on January 28, 2012, 3:53 GMT

    Living in Australia, and having seen every ball this series the changes that need to be made include: 1) Remove Ishant Sharma - the guy has has had one good spell in his career. It's absolutely ridiculous to come out of 4 matches in pace-friendly conditions with only 5 wickets, when other fast bowlers can get 5 in an innings. 2) Bring in Suresh Raina - his batting may be abysmal, but he fields like a dog. Warner for Australia has saved around 50+ runs per innings and taken amazing catches, for only one good innings with the bat. 3) Laxman and Dravid are well past their prime, and should have retired with dignity like Sourav Ganguly. 4) Forget a coach, get a tactician - All you people saying get rid of Dhoni are shameless. The guy led India to test rank 1 and world cup victory. No degree of captaincy can you win a test match when your batting line up can only produce 200 runs.

  • moBlue on January 28, 2012, 3:39 GMT

    the way i see IND after the 3 greats retire, and when IND play a tough away series: we have only a few slots filled. pujara @ #3, kohli @ #4, and sehwag @ #5, zaheer @ #10 and yadav @ #11. the rest of the slots are all wide open. let us hope rohit or rahane fills in #6 successfully. i'd drop dhoni and start playing saha, karthik and parthiv in that order in dhoni's place in IND to see which of them proves to be the better wk-batter for us! two of them have the ability to open, which might come in handy in tests abroad. i'd also start the hunt for a great attacking spinner on unhelpful tracks - ashwin is not it! - maybe i'd start with ojha and wait for bhajji to rebound; i hope there are others [like rahul sharma], but the prime spinner's slot abroad is wide open! we also need 2 openers who can play the moving ball on fast bouncy tracks. gambhir should be dropped. the last fast bowler's slot is wide open too! with a shrink's help and some bribes, sreesanth maybe? :) or irfan? or aaron?

  • on January 28, 2012, 3:32 GMT

    I WOULD BE BE HAPPY TO SEE DRAVID, LAXMAN AND SACHIN EXIT THE INDIAN TEAM. LET'S NOT GET EMOTIONAL, WE NEED TO GROOM OUR YOUNGSTERS FOR THE SHAKE OF BRIGHT FUTURE OF INDIAN CRICKET. WE ALL KNOW WE CANNOT REPLACE GREATS LIKE THEM, BUT WE HAVE LOT OF TALENT POOL WHO CAN BUILD THE FUTURE OF INDIAN CRICKET AS THE TRIO DID WHEN THEY STARTED.

  • moBlue on January 28, 2012, 3:17 GMT

    so much sound and fury about the 3 IND greats! you think IND would not have lost this badly if the 3 had been dropped?!? have you watched our younger players closely? i ask y'all the same question i asked before the entire series began... who are you going to replace the 3 greats with? i can think of one name, and one name only: pujara... when he is not hurt anymore. rohit sharma? despite all of your infatuation with him, thanks to the IPL, he hasn't done a thing yet when he had his chances to show that he has the temperament needed for tests. [i am happy to see kohli mature as a batter in this test series.] sehwag will want to play at #4 or #5. so... we have space for 2 openers [talking of a tough away series, a couple of years from now], pujara at #3, sehwag at #4 and kohli at #5. that is it, people! we don't have a #6 yet, even if you might wish for rohit sharma to make it his own. i hope he succeeds. yuvraj would have worked at #6 but he is weak against the bouncer and he is sick.

  • spin_king4 on January 28, 2012, 3:09 GMT

    PROBLEM: IN THE LAST 12 MONTHS THE INDIAN BATTING LINE UP HAS ONLY SCORED 9 CENTURIES, OF WHICH DRAVID HAS 5. the main culprits are gambir, sewhag, tendulkar(who for all his lovers has not scored a century in over a year) and laxman. Ashwin averages more than gambhir or viru, 1) THE OPENERS MUST GO, the opening patnership averages just 28 in last 15 innings with 4 1/2 centuries only and averages 13 away, this has to be the first to change. Bring in mukund and rahane who have shown potential and more importantly technique in domestic and limited internationals so should be given an extended run. 2) laxman just looks like he doesnt care anymore + his fielding has gone down dramatically this tour, he should be replaced by rohit or pujara ( i prefer pujara but rohit was on the tour so deserves his go). You cant cut the whole batting because you will start a rot like the current windies had but should start with these changes and over next few years phase sachin and rahul.

  • spathy on January 28, 2012, 2:34 GMT

    BCCI only have time to fight to stop DRS , no time to prepare for any away series

  • Wismay on January 28, 2012, 13:56 GMT

    @ Jose Puliampatta Why are you bringing some useless topic? I was talking about batting order and in australia openers were struggling and Tendulkar could have opened but no one mentions it and Rahul's name is mentioned, including in this article. Sachin has done well in this series? Why are you mentioning it? Compare it to Dravid in England! So you are admitting that Sachin will fail if he bats on any other position? If not why did you mention his runs while talking about batting order? Stop being a fanboy. Rahul fails in one series and you guys start about changing his batting order. Why the same doesn't apply to Sachin? He has failed many times and gone through bad phases like Dravid. It is nothing but bias and worshipping someone as God, without any objectivity.

  • Wismay on January 28, 2012, 10:59 GMT

    What difference will batting order do when players are struggling? What most guys overlooking is even when Rahul was successful with 3 centuries in England, India got thrashed 0-4. So the problem won't be solved by one Rahul or Laxman or Sachin. All players need good training to play on foreign pitches. And India can't get good bowlers if they keep playing on batting friendly pitches. Ridiculous bowling and inept batting, how can India win?

  • on January 28, 2012, 5:38 GMT

    @Ishwar Prashad: You hit the nail on the head on one point: this Australian side is not a great one by any means.

    I don't think the Aussie team is as good as India made them look, and I don't believe that the Indian players are as bad as their team result makes them look.

    I think the result is due to rigidity, but not as described in this article:

    The Australian bowlers turned unexceptional individuals into a very good unit by sticking to a plan;

    The Indian batsmen turned a lineup including some exceptional batsmen into a mediocre unit by refusing to adjust to the bowlers' plans;

    The Indian bowlers turned individuals who ranged from average to very good into a below-average unit by straying from plans;

    And the Australian batting lineup turned individuals who ranged from possibly below-average to one or two exceptional into a very good unit by at least one or two understanding and adjusting to the situation.

    India actually need to be more rigid in places, and less so in others

  • zenboomerang on January 28, 2012, 5:09 GMT

    @Sidharth Monga... It is all good & well to blame the batsmen, but not acknowledging the Oz bowling group shows a lack of completeness... Oz now have 2 top 10 world ranked bowlers(Siddle, Hilfy) with Pattinson just below Ishant after just 4 Tests & Harris one of the most economical & tight bowlers going around... Yet for India only Zaheer stood up in all 4 Tests with Ashwin OK, Yadav a work in progress & Ishant bowling the same length as Oz bowlers did last year to England... This Test series India needed 3 batters to stand up & 3 bowlers - sad to say it just didn't happen...

  • yuvirulz99 on January 28, 2012, 3:53 GMT

    Living in Australia, and having seen every ball this series the changes that need to be made include: 1) Remove Ishant Sharma - the guy has has had one good spell in his career. It's absolutely ridiculous to come out of 4 matches in pace-friendly conditions with only 5 wickets, when other fast bowlers can get 5 in an innings. 2) Bring in Suresh Raina - his batting may be abysmal, but he fields like a dog. Warner for Australia has saved around 50+ runs per innings and taken amazing catches, for only one good innings with the bat. 3) Laxman and Dravid are well past their prime, and should have retired with dignity like Sourav Ganguly. 4) Forget a coach, get a tactician - All you people saying get rid of Dhoni are shameless. The guy led India to test rank 1 and world cup victory. No degree of captaincy can you win a test match when your batting line up can only produce 200 runs.

  • moBlue on January 28, 2012, 3:39 GMT

    the way i see IND after the 3 greats retire, and when IND play a tough away series: we have only a few slots filled. pujara @ #3, kohli @ #4, and sehwag @ #5, zaheer @ #10 and yadav @ #11. the rest of the slots are all wide open. let us hope rohit or rahane fills in #6 successfully. i'd drop dhoni and start playing saha, karthik and parthiv in that order in dhoni's place in IND to see which of them proves to be the better wk-batter for us! two of them have the ability to open, which might come in handy in tests abroad. i'd also start the hunt for a great attacking spinner on unhelpful tracks - ashwin is not it! - maybe i'd start with ojha and wait for bhajji to rebound; i hope there are others [like rahul sharma], but the prime spinner's slot abroad is wide open! we also need 2 openers who can play the moving ball on fast bouncy tracks. gambhir should be dropped. the last fast bowler's slot is wide open too! with a shrink's help and some bribes, sreesanth maybe? :) or irfan? or aaron?

  • on January 28, 2012, 3:32 GMT

    I WOULD BE BE HAPPY TO SEE DRAVID, LAXMAN AND SACHIN EXIT THE INDIAN TEAM. LET'S NOT GET EMOTIONAL, WE NEED TO GROOM OUR YOUNGSTERS FOR THE SHAKE OF BRIGHT FUTURE OF INDIAN CRICKET. WE ALL KNOW WE CANNOT REPLACE GREATS LIKE THEM, BUT WE HAVE LOT OF TALENT POOL WHO CAN BUILD THE FUTURE OF INDIAN CRICKET AS THE TRIO DID WHEN THEY STARTED.

  • moBlue on January 28, 2012, 3:17 GMT

    so much sound and fury about the 3 IND greats! you think IND would not have lost this badly if the 3 had been dropped?!? have you watched our younger players closely? i ask y'all the same question i asked before the entire series began... who are you going to replace the 3 greats with? i can think of one name, and one name only: pujara... when he is not hurt anymore. rohit sharma? despite all of your infatuation with him, thanks to the IPL, he hasn't done a thing yet when he had his chances to show that he has the temperament needed for tests. [i am happy to see kohli mature as a batter in this test series.] sehwag will want to play at #4 or #5. so... we have space for 2 openers [talking of a tough away series, a couple of years from now], pujara at #3, sehwag at #4 and kohli at #5. that is it, people! we don't have a #6 yet, even if you might wish for rohit sharma to make it his own. i hope he succeeds. yuvraj would have worked at #6 but he is weak against the bouncer and he is sick.

  • spin_king4 on January 28, 2012, 3:09 GMT

    PROBLEM: IN THE LAST 12 MONTHS THE INDIAN BATTING LINE UP HAS ONLY SCORED 9 CENTURIES, OF WHICH DRAVID HAS 5. the main culprits are gambir, sewhag, tendulkar(who for all his lovers has not scored a century in over a year) and laxman. Ashwin averages more than gambhir or viru, 1) THE OPENERS MUST GO, the opening patnership averages just 28 in last 15 innings with 4 1/2 centuries only and averages 13 away, this has to be the first to change. Bring in mukund and rahane who have shown potential and more importantly technique in domestic and limited internationals so should be given an extended run. 2) laxman just looks like he doesnt care anymore + his fielding has gone down dramatically this tour, he should be replaced by rohit or pujara ( i prefer pujara but rohit was on the tour so deserves his go). You cant cut the whole batting because you will start a rot like the current windies had but should start with these changes and over next few years phase sachin and rahul.

  • spathy on January 28, 2012, 2:34 GMT

    BCCI only have time to fight to stop DRS , no time to prepare for any away series

  • indianpunter on January 28, 2012, 2:20 GMT

    Good heavens ! The carnage has ended and thank god this is not a 5 test series. Emotion aside, India needs to take a long hard look at their team and ask-" where do we go from here"? Here are my thoughts. 1. The seniors have to go NOW. Laxman and Dravid now and tendulkar within 6-10 months. There was an opportunity to play Kohli at 3 in the 2nd inns, but Dravid was not gracious enough to give up his spot. This surely means that the srs are dead weight pulling the team back. 2. Dhoni to be sacked as captain. Give it to Kohli and build a young team around him. 3. Drop the pretenders and players who dont have the bottle for a fight ( gambhir, sehwag and ishant). They can go back to playing IPL and making rude comments about the opponents. I think that money has tempered their will to perform. 4. Scrap the champions league ( pray, what good is it?) and shorten IPL to only 30 days. 5. Do a detailed uncompromising review on the flop show. My man for the job- Vengsarkar

  • tezmond on January 28, 2012, 1:25 GMT

    its allmost insulting that india are trying to blame the pitches.ozzie has produced the best cricket wickets in the world fo decades.

    these guys in the top 7 have played cricket(and scored runs)all around the worl for near on 20 years.pathetic excuse really.

    they planned poorly. captain was lazy and showed no imagination selectors are just scared of either the indian public or the old guard(vvs,dravid,sachin.id say a combination of both.

    they showed very little fight and when they did,the likes of dravd,vvs,ghambir showed they were grossly out of form,ozzie pick players on form but india constantly keep players on there past.

    its a shame these guys should be made to retire,after all its there jobs and there suppose to be profesional,simple,not doing your job should mean down the road.

    finally just goes to show india has allways had a team full of champions just ozzie is and will continue to have a champion team.

    im so proud that our mob(nz) beat ozzie on a real 'GREEN" pitch

  • S305 on January 28, 2012, 1:20 GMT

    The Aussies showed what kind of a tough team while they were in Sri Lanka. Now they've brought things home to Australia. Very very soon, Australia is going to be No. 1 in both Tests and ODIs (who cares about T20's). Subcontinent teams waiting to win in their ready-made home turfs are going to be kicked aside.... Good!

  • on January 28, 2012, 1:14 GMT

    You needed fighters like Harbhajan for a team like Australia. Some of Virat Kohli's comments in the media showed how immature he is - he may have scored runs but he does not understand that it is not important how he plays but how he playes with the team. This team had zero fighting spirit & absolutely no pride. Every match was 11 Indians against an Australian team, no team from our side. The reason for this incompetence is that India does not select and keep players on basis of merit rather than who knows who and who came first.

  • on January 28, 2012, 1:12 GMT

    @Wismay. If Tendulkar offers to open, we, the same guys would say, "he wants to hog all the time for himself to hanker for his 100th 100. How fickle and whimsical we are! If you do, you are damned; if you don't you are damned! He is the only one among the seniors who got some runs, without much struggle. Other than the youngsters Kohli & Ashwin.

  • on January 28, 2012, 0:49 GMT

    @12thUmpire - wouldn't get much play in Brisbane at the moment, they've copped plenty of rain over the last week or so, with more to come.

  • on January 28, 2012, 0:44 GMT

    good on you Sid I say, good on you. You seem to be the only guy other than the two chucks to point out the real issues and hit the bull's eye. Rest all beat around the bush too scared to say a thing and thus cover the reality and do disservice to their beloved sport. Just an hour ago the same thought crossed my mind. I recalled Dravid in 2007-08 opening the innings, Lax promoted (ofcrc Sachin dusnt like changin his position) etc. The thing is, Dhoni can just play his tricks in ODIs and T20s which have much less depth and the tricks needed are shallow as well...he simply cant think and own big change patterns which are the basis of Test match captainship. Test series are played across weeks and to try and alter the line of thinking of opposition like you said is the prerogative of battle hardened and real test captains, not that of - might I say with an apology - an impostor. But we deserve this loss if we are fooled so easily! Wheres the mutual respect n culture in the Indian camp?

  • on January 27, 2012, 23:53 GMT

    laxman,dravid,tendulkar grave digger of indian cricket.

  • doosra95 on January 27, 2012, 23:28 GMT

    Cic info have the guts to publish my feedback. don't be so picky.no wonder your analysis's are just rubbish.

  • mamboman on January 27, 2012, 23:27 GMT

    Why are you always making excuses for this Kholi fellow? it was a schoolboy mistake and shows that he is mentally not up to rigours of test cricket. You Indians are always trying to big up your players ans the just don't deliver!

  • Wismay on January 27, 2012, 23:19 GMT

    Does any writer has the guts to write on Tendulkar and his fixed position #4? Why he can't open at least once?

  • wake_up_india on January 27, 2012, 23:00 GMT

    India's total inability to prepare for either the England or the Australia series is what shines through all this. I remember when Ganguly/Wright took the reins after the match fixing scandals that saw the exit of another bunch of "greats", there was almost a national sense of purpose of how the team would be rebuilt. Journalists wrote articles about how team India was preparing and all the things being done to induce a culture change -- the emphasis was on how to win abroad. In contrast, India walked into both of the recent series presuming they were the favorites. Wake up India -- cricket may go the way of hockey in India (does anyone know the name of the present captain of the Indian hockey team? I am old enough to remember a time when I could name every member of the Indian national hockey team). And please remove all bill boards and TV ads featuring our "cricket greats" to avoid being reminded of this nightmare.

  • Pritt32 on January 27, 2012, 22:21 GMT

    Indian current crop of players are simply not good enough for test cricket as second whitewash will loom in a row. The Australian team outplayed, outclassed and outsmarted us. Although we have experienced players, it is now time for them to retire as they have reached their peak. Laxman and Tendulkar should announce their retirements. Dravid wil retire soon. Dhoni should be axed from test cricket. Sharma and Ashwin should both go as well. Gambhir and Sehwag should take the responsibility of guiding new players in the team. We cannot drop all player as experience should mix with youth. We cannot rely on over 30 players forever. BCCI needs fresh faces and new coaching team. Discipline and fitness should need be instilled.. We will continue to rot if we do not take the necessary steps. I am so upset we performed badly. The test series was so one-sided. Now the worst that is going to happen is IPL will make us hide everything under the carpet and BCCI will never learn.

  • Sanj747 on January 27, 2012, 22:07 GMT

    India have failed both on and off the field. The mind games Gambhir and Ishant Sharma especially have played have made the team and these 2 look so poor and out of depth.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on January 27, 2012, 21:42 GMT

    @ravichakra, as usual, agree with you 100%. Miss you bro...

  • on January 27, 2012, 21:38 GMT

    That just shows that the Indian team is disinterested in playing test cricket. If that wasn't the case they would have had Plan A, B, C each for batting and bowling so 6 plans in all. But they have been stuck with Plan A in both areas which means the senior players including the captain are not thinking at all - brain dead....

  • spinkingKK on January 27, 2012, 21:31 GMT

    I hope Australia doesn't take this victory as a big achievement. I beleive this Australian team will find life difficult in West Indies soon. Anyway, if the Indian team was as follows, Australia would have lost: Sehwag, Gambhir, Kohli, Pujara/Raina, Rohit, Karthik, Irfan Pathan, Ashwin, Zaheer, Ishant, Yadav.

  • Al_Bundy1 on January 27, 2012, 21:29 GMT

    For starters - get rid of Dravid, Laxman and SRT. No need for a farewell test. They lost that dignity by not going on their own. They are 38 and 39 years old - they need to realize that 38 is retirement age in active professional sports. SRT can still play ODI series to complete his meaningless 100th ton.

  • InnocentGuy on January 27, 2012, 20:57 GMT

    And now, ladies and gentlemen, give a loud welcome to I-P-L FIIIIIVVVVE!! (God!)

  • DaBigDawg on January 27, 2012, 20:56 GMT

    Mr. Monga...here's an alternative headline for your article "...they say the definition of madness is...to try the same thing over and over again... but expecting a different result..."

  • D.Sharma on January 27, 2012, 20:44 GMT

    Yet again the focus will be on on Dravid becasue of the picture. I know people will defend Sachin "God" Tendulkar for no reason. What has he done in this series? NOTHING. Scored only 93 more runs than Dravid and 132 more runs than Laxman. People were raving on about how Sachin was the best batsman and he should be the only one to play on for a couple of years. Big deal. Only Dravid has averaged above 50 since the Jo'burg win and people want him kicked out. Tendulkar has not even scored a single 100 in this period. Tendulkar has "god-like" stats, but will never have god-like performances in tests. The champion of India will be the one who retires now.

  • 12thUmpire on January 27, 2012, 20:01 GMT

    India have legends, 50K+ runs and god! If CA should arrange a fifth test and let Brisbanites enjoy the treat as well, it would be a glorious and fitting finale!

  • on January 27, 2012, 19:27 GMT

    I guess Sidharth conveniently forgot that Dravid was our best batsman in England & performed fairly well against the West Indies at home. It's sickening that every time the guy fails for a test or two, he can be shunted down the order or made to open the batting. We never say Sachin should be pushed down to no. 5 / 6 or made to open: just to 'show some desperation'. Reading Sidharth's commentary, one feels that Laxman, Gambhir & Sachin have been scoring runs by the tons & Dravid's the one that has failed consistently in all matches. Shaun Marsh has failed in each of his innings in this series. I didn't see the Aussies push anybody else to No. 3 position, or did they?? Ponting hadn't scored half decent runs before this series. Was he pushed down the order to No. 5 / 6? Let's just acknowledge that no Indian batsman whether he was pushed up or down the order (barring Kohli to some extent) performed. It was a collective failure, & let's leave it at that. Please don't target individuals.

  • baskar_guha on January 27, 2012, 19:04 GMT

    While there is only so much batting order changes one can make, at least for the second innings of the Adelaide test, I would have swapped Kohli and Dravid (which was also done when India beat Australia in India by swapping Pujara and Dravid). To me the #3 batsman has to be someone in form who will stop the rut if an early wicket falls which always did happen in this series. Dravid is woefully and possibly permanently out of form and as a senior he should have insisted on the swap. Outside of Sehwag and Gambhir, no one else in current form can open except possibly Saha as long as he corrects his propensity to allow his off stump to be aimed at. This is clearly a team in transition and the seniors either should be flexible to yield their long-held slots or just retire if that is heresy to them. In this regard, they can learn from Ponting and Hussey.

  • on January 27, 2012, 18:52 GMT

    Out-captained, out-fielded, oou-bowled, out-hustled, out-sledged and out-played by a mediocre Aussie team, made to look innincible. Failure to press home great bowling start. Beaten by ascores of two batsmen in each Test. RIP and thanks for the memories

  • on January 27, 2012, 18:42 GMT

    the Indian think tank is currently blank. wonder what our famed batting trio with about 48000 runs among them think. There is no change in strategy . No innovative ideas or experimentation.After all there is nothing more to loose. we have lost last 8 tests in a row, it can only become better, if at all. And what is the role of the Coach ? hard to figure out. Just going through motions on a beaten track. we need fresh ideas..

  • Longmemory on January 27, 2012, 18:39 GMT

    Does the phrase "re-arranging the deck chairs on the Titanic" mean anything to you? India could change its batting order, bowling order or whatever, but its hard to see how 4-0 could have been averted. Srikkanth was right about one thing - this is the best team India can put out there at the moment. And they were hopelessly outclassed. The sooner we understand the full implications of that, the better off we will be.

  • Liz_Hamp on January 27, 2012, 18:35 GMT

    Enough is enough...I think India has not heard this phrase. Time to say goodbye to Sachin, Dravid and Laxman. Sachin needs to go. I presume selectors must be scared to sack him due to his demi-god status. But hey this is sports not a corporate office. Sachin can wreck someones money earning abilities in future if he is thrown out but time to take some hard decisions. Dravid and Laxman need to retire like intelligent cricketers. Sehwag should bat down the order, get fresh opener to partner Gambhir. Kohli, Sharma come in the middle order. Dhoni cant play test cricket, Zaheer needs to get married and go. Rest of the team looks fine. This will be true rebuilding. Sachin, dear shorty, time to go, Played enough now please go.

  • myStraightTalk on January 27, 2012, 18:17 GMT

    GOOD JOB AUSTRAILIA IN PERFORMING BETTER THEN ENG IN BEATING INDIA. NEXT T-20 AND 1-DAY SERIES WHITE WASH DEFENITELY POSSIBLE SINCE INDIAN TEAM WILL NOT CHANGE..

  • tanweeralam on January 27, 2012, 17:59 GMT

    Mr Monga writing for Mr Sharma, still dont realise he only has the looks of a WIndian fast bowler with talent of Abey Kuruvila and company What Sharma would have done had he been brought back, got his 6th wicket of the series? You can call him unlucky well that is just an excuse. You cannot be unlucky for all you carrer except for an spell against ponting which brought him to limelight. Sorry Mr Monga poor analysis.

  • VickGower on January 27, 2012, 17:57 GMT

    It's been a painful test series like none other. Very upset at the performance of the seniors - of them having overstayed their welcome and all that. But now that Dravid is about to retire my anger is gone. I don't feel angry about the seniors or this whitewash anymore. I am only sad that things couldn't end on a better note. It's all right, it's just sport.

  • on January 27, 2012, 17:40 GMT

    India is getting what it deserves,and how humiliated must the Indian fans and team will be tommorow when they get thrashed 8-0 in 2 tours. All thanks to BCCI for keeping old horses who cant perform in the races anymore.

  • CbeCricket on January 27, 2012, 17:36 GMT

    So the GOD of the Indian cricket failed again when India needed him the most.SRT please retire. The WALL got breached several times. Very Very Special turns out to be Very Very Ordinary.

  • on January 27, 2012, 17:24 GMT

    I am still unable to fathom why no one raises questions on Sachin Tendulkar. Tendulkar is the one who according to his own wishes fancies not to go to West Indies, not play in many one day matches. On the other hand if there is IPL or champions league he is happy to sit in the dressing room so that he can motivate his franchise. He was under cooked and under prepared while playing at the first test match at Lords. As far as changing batting order s concerned, i am sure Dravid had come as an opener many in the past. laxman has come at no.3. But when its about tendulkar Indian captains never dare to touch the so called holy position of Tendulkar. so much so that a Sourav Ganguly came late in the day to face few overs during India's second inning at MCG in 2003-04 series, thus saving the wicjet of Tendulkar. Same was the case during Oval test last summer in England. Drvaid batted out the whole inning when India was following on Tendulkar did not show responsibility to come up.

  • Al_Bundy1 on January 27, 2012, 17:13 GMT

    The biggest change needs to come from the Selection committee - Drop Dravid, SRT and Laxman NOW. Apparently the Coach/Captain didn't have the guts to drop Laxman and play Rohit Sharma, or drop Gambhir and play Rahane. But I doubt that would have changed the end result. Desperate times call for desperate measures - Drop Dravid, SRT and Laxman NOW. Rest Viru and Gauti and give a chance to youngsters. We have no shortage of young talent in India. Drop Ishant, Vinay and Mithun and bring in bowlers like Ashok Dinda, Abu Nechim Ahmed, TP Sudhindra, Irfan Pathan.

  • musingsofamoron on January 27, 2012, 17:05 GMT

    India have not lost this series only because of their batting but also because of their bowling too which has been substandard (except for Melbourne). Indian media's ad hominem ways of putting the blame on its batting reflects the reflexive (but incorrect) thinking that batsmen win test matches. India should look at their bowling resources/reserves very seriously. I would not go into a test match with four bowlers with one of the bowlers being Ishant. It cuts you down by 25% straightaway. Add to this, a Zaheer Khan who has bowled 3 overs, and you are 50% down. Add to this a Umesh Yadav who on somedays seems to have left his cranial possesions inside the locker room and you are 75% down. Until this problem is rectified, India would continue to lose like this. Indian bowlers have managed to allow their opposition score more than 450 runs in 7 of the last 8 tests that they have played abroad ( on the bowler friendly pitches of England and Australia). Why is the media quiet on this???

  • on January 27, 2012, 16:42 GMT

    I think rigidness of the Captains as also the defensive mindset has caused the humiliation in the Series. Sehwag showed some innovation by introducing Ashwin, but then went on defensive with Ponting, by not attacking him and taking away the third slip. One thing all the Indian Captains need to learn that they can only win the matches if they can get the opposition out twice. That can only be done by attacking the batsman. By playing a defensive game you can only delay the defeat. The second reason looks to me , that the players seems to no longer consider Test Cricket as important since IPL pays them more money.Sticking to the out of form seniors, and not giving a game to Rahane and Rohit Sharma shows the bankrupty of ideas and lack of courage. They want to maintain the prestige of VVS and Dravid, at the honor of the nation.

  • T-800 on January 27, 2012, 16:40 GMT

    Every cloud has a silver lining. Lets hope this dreadful series has one in terms of serious rethink of domestic Indian cricket. I am not one of those to bash IPL. IPL has its own utility in terms of providing a decent livelihood for non international players. IPL though, is not doing much for the quality of Indian cricketers. I think it would be a good idea to hold the IPL alternately in India and in an overseas location like it was held in South Africa. This may induce Indian cricketers to develop skills required to succeed at those kind of pitches. Perhaps it is also time to consider ideas like those of Harsha Bhogle such as making the Ranji trophy a huge prize money tournament and other ideas such as changing the nature of pitches in India.

  • doosra95 on January 27, 2012, 16:27 GMT

    What about Tendulkar is he not part of this batting line up.Why is he exempt from your biased criticism of him no mention in your artical, such pathetic observation does not serve well for Indian cricket,Mr.Sidhahrt Monga you need to bring your head out of the sand and see what this Tendulkars 100 hundred is doing to Indian batting line up, the whole team is under pressure for one silly mile stone,which is quite irrelevant. In contrast a Player like Ricky Ponting Hammer India left right and centre,he was under immense pressure to keep his place in the team.Well done Sir Ricky Ponting soon to be greatest match winner in history of the game.P.s.Publish my Comments just expressing my opinion,don't be shy cricinfo.

  • on January 27, 2012, 16:27 GMT

    What did the new "OLD" coach and his team do to break the Indian obstinacy, mostly being followed to pander the whimsical desires of a few "OLD" but great-in-the past batsmen? He can't fill the shoes of his erstwhile disciple Kirsten. Not even, the underrated Wright! Coaches don't do much to "teach"their wards; but they are supposed to bring in new / creative / potentially successful thinking process! If he / they can't, let him / them go!

  • ToTellUTheTruth on January 27, 2012, 16:26 GMT

    Pathetic performance. They just successfully killed the hopes of a long time die-hard Indian fan with their insipid performance. Jarrod Kimber was asking why only Ashwin is sent to face the media time and time again, while none other ventured out. Well, it looks like the so called "superstars" are aware of the wrath of the fans awaiting them on their return. They are scared of Oz bowlers, Oz batters and now the international media too.

  • karthik_krishna1984 on January 27, 2012, 16:01 GMT

    remove dravid,laxman and dhoni bat sehwag lower if you need him badly. Make Ashwin the Captain. My new indian team would be like this. 1.Gambhir 2.Ajinkiya Rahane/Murali Vijay 3.Virat Kohli 4.Sachin 5. Rohit Sharma 6. Ravindra Jadeja/ V Sehwag 7. W Saha 8. R Ashwin (Captain) 9. Ishant 10. U Yadav 11. Z Khan

    This team may not look very strong on paper but would have certainly given the OZs a run for what its worth

  • zico123 on January 27, 2012, 16:00 GMT

    India have to draft in Pujara into Test cricket immidiately.

  • EddGeorge on January 27, 2012, 15:52 GMT

    Well written Monga, I think India failed to observe and learn from their ways. If what you are doing is not working for you, you should try out different things and not simplywork hard at what is not working for you. Its like trying to break a wall with banging your head at it. Hitting your head harder is only going to hurt you more.

  • on January 27, 2012, 15:47 GMT

    for heavens sake laxman dravid and sachin, yes mr sachin retire from test cricket.It is clearly evident who is responsible for india's failure.Retire with pride.

  • on January 27, 2012, 15:28 GMT

    Bang on. I'm almost shocked that Kohli wasn't played at no.3 this innings, as he's in all probability the future holder of that spot. There's been no imagination and absolutely no creativity. There's been no will, there's been no fight. The big 3 have all had outstanding careers, but we've got to phase them out from the next series. One, or even two of them need to go to give the youngsters a good run before the next string of tours.

  • NikhilNair on January 27, 2012, 15:26 GMT

    With due respect to the greats, if this is not the last time Sachin, Laxman and Dravid are playing together... this is definitely the last test I'm watching. A nation can never move forward with 80 year old leaders... just like that, a team can never move forward with 35+ year old players in the team for too long, regardless of how great they are. If Sachin retires from either Tests and ODI's this year [though highly unlikely], my respect for him will remain... if the question is about the 100th ton he will probably get in the second half of the tour.

  • CaughtAndBowled on January 27, 2012, 15:25 GMT

    I just heard that India's next proper overseas test tour is not in the next two years!! In the meantime, India will call home few fringe teams and beat team on flat, slow, low tracks and ensure that the Indian cricketing fans forget this whole episode.

    I really admire BCCI, trust me on this.

  • on January 27, 2012, 15:20 GMT

    Good Article.But as you and I know things re not gonna change much in Indian Cricket and until India loses few home series badly they re not gonna do anything about this.I will more than delighted if i'm proven wrong.Cheers!!!

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on January 27, 2012, 15:16 GMT

    It baffles me why wasn't Sachin promoted to open and Sehwag dropped down into the middle order with Dravid at 5, VVS at 6, Saha at 3 and Kohli at 4. This juggling would have made the Aussie captain thinking, if not on the back foot. Absolutely horrible Captaincy from Dhoni for a long time and Sehwag in this match and Duncan has no clue in divising a strategy. Plain hopeless. Please get rid off Dhoni and Duncan for the starters.

  • on January 27, 2012, 15:12 GMT

    We are not a complete cricketing outfit, forget about being world champs in test cricket.Historically, with so much stress on batting, we should at least have few batsmen who can play on all conditions. One thing became clear without doubt is that - Our so called famous batting line up is good ONLY on flat tracks. Gambhir looks like a school-level batsman on lively pitches. Sehwag becomes a joke from being a fun. Rahul and Sachin have done all they could have done abroad with their limitations of basically being a flat track specialist.laxman was never that great, but now he is not even effective. Senior pros needs to go. In one of the Sachin's TV commercial " he asks, R u ready for more? well...NO..!!! in Another one, Gambhir asks, have i made it large? No buddy, and i don't think you ever can. Time to go on the next level, in terms of how we play, run and manage our cricket. We are the largest, richest, craziest cricketing country in the world - we deserve better.

  • East_West on January 27, 2012, 15:12 GMT

    All excuses SID! why don't you and other indian writers take a voluntary retirement from wrting this garbage on Indians, and their dreams, etc! look what your Aussie colleague wrote" With Australia four wickets away from a 4-0 hammering of India, Cricket Australia have annouced that there will be free entry to Adelaide Oval tomorrow. Woeful from India, they have run out of their last excuse, this wasn't a green wicket, this was not a pitch helpful for the home fast bowlers, this was a flat batting wicket. Twice they have imploded against persistent high-quality bowling. They have nowhere to hide, however great their middle order may be. You can point to history, to their past records, to their earlier deeds overseas, but losing eight consecutive overseas Test is a massive, massive indictment.........." THIS TELLS A LOT ABOUT SO CALLED SUPER EGO Indian crickters! what a spineless team! useless and shameles indian cricinfo writers!

  • RK.Chandru on January 27, 2012, 15:09 GMT

    If only The giants, The idols, The masters and LITTLE masters, The Gods have fallen to some lethal pace bowling, it can be digested. Falling to Lyons that too not due to any demons in the pitch or some great spin bowling; but, due to lack of application and reckless, irresponsible, gully cricketer like technique is inexplicable. As one commentator has put it, Lyon bowls with the back up of 500, 600 runs in the kitty and poor Ashwin doesn't have that luxury and that's the difference between their bowling. This is the worst ever series in recent memory team India has ever played. We all cricket fans only expect the board and the selectors have the guts to revamp the team completely and let better cricketing sense prevail and not regional / religion based quotas. Naming three separate teams for Tests, ODIs and T20s will give well deserved chance for players who have been frustratingly waiting in the bench for quite long. Let selection not be based on investments made on a player.

  • rajputvikram on January 27, 2012, 15:08 GMT

    Its a shame that such experienced players have not been able to adapt to conditions. None of them looked to attack and take control of the game on this easy wicket. Sachin has been biggest disappointment. Why the hell was he defending every ball from Lyon??he did exactly same to Clarke in Sydneyand got out and now here. Is he really a great batsman??...

  • on January 27, 2012, 15:05 GMT

    Somewhere in the back of my mind is that statement from Gavaskar after the second test - "If you have to lose and get embarrased like this, rather do it with youngsters." Its appalling to see the tactics of the Indian team.. No focus, application and conviction at all! Mr Dhoni needs to start promoting Feviquick as he seems just as stuck with his strategy. Also, now that we have about a year before our next overseas series, identify the youngsters that are going to play, send them to Eng, Aus and SA and make them play only 4/5 day test cricket there agsinst local teams so that playing in those conditions becomes a habit. Also, someone please serve a cup of morning team to BCCI so that they can start their thoughts on improving Indian pitches.

  • ravichakra on January 27, 2012, 14:58 GMT

    Have we ever considered moving Sachin's batting position of No. 4 up or down? Two things will fall out of this bashing - one Rahul Dravid and Laxman will face the axe and inconsistencies of Sachin & Zaheer will again be veiled or shielded. The first hint of failure for Dravid or Laxman means media, selectors and former players will bay for their blood. But the same does not apply to some others. How come Sachin, Dhoni, Gambhir, Zaheer, etc. continue to be in the team or no questions being asked off them despite mediocre performances in the last 16 innings whereas Dravid was the only performer on the last tour and won us the match in WI as well which Sachin gleefully skipped?

  • cricketsage on January 27, 2012, 14:47 GMT

    The batsmen are out of form and at least three are past their best-before date (I think everyone knows their names). It wouldn't matter what order you send them in.

  • on January 27, 2012, 14:39 GMT

    it was required of India to go through the motions in ENG and AUS to pay back for a WC win. I think similar motions are still expected in SA and may be in PAK series too. how else can one explain some odd results in WC, including but not limited to ENG losing to IRL and SA to BD in WC, etc.. The defesive bowling, unexplainable field placements, rigid batting performance were all part of the deal: give us the WC so that sachin can retire with one, we wont even put up a fight when we come there. so it all went according to plan, if one looks at it from the bigger picture of what india really wanted. end to the wait for WC win after 28 years and achieving it in the last few days of sachin's career.

  • ElvisKing on January 27, 2012, 14:32 GMT

    Its ridiculous to see the top batsmen get out to Lyon in this test to lousy deliveries and is a big slap on the face of Indian Players and BCCI top brass talking about "let them come to India and make rank turners for them" ! In this test match, like in others, Indian batsman have not shown any patience and application unlike Aussies, except for Sachin, these bowlers are as vulnerable as any if you stick around for a long time at the wicket. We have seen them get frustrated by batsmen playing stubbornly for long periods, both here and in England. Regards change of batting line up its the captain who decides, but it seems management has no clue to what a team requires. One of the steadiest batsman had been Ashwin in the first 2 Test but then he was dropped in the Perth Test. Ashwin has the correct technique to qualify for opener slot, but the management will not do that since he is in the team as a Specialist Spinner, not as an opener and that slot is taken by non performing Gambhir.

  • Scrop on January 27, 2012, 14:21 GMT

    'Rigid India' Yeah rightly so may be 'Rigid and Monotonous'. It baffles me that there was no attempt to change things. Dont know if it was the captain or the coach or the batsmen who dint want to try this.

  • spinkingKK on January 27, 2012, 14:18 GMT

    Very good Article Sidharth. I can't beleive they don't make any changes in the batting order. I am also surprised that they NEVER EVER go for a win. In perth and in Adelaide, they were presented with a possibility of miraculous wins. The miracles just don't happen itself. You have to make a valiant effort to make it happen. I was shocked to see that these batsmen and the captaincy has always been thinking of saving the matches. Perhaps in Kolkatta 2001, Laxman and Draid were just trying to save their position in the team than winning the match and that win was just a conicidence. When you are 3-0 down and this being most likely the last test match of most of the seniors, wouldn't you try to redeem yourself some pride by going fo the target, however imposing it may have looked? There is no point in making it stay at 3-0. Only way they could have gone home happy was by trying to achieve a world record chase of 500. But, they have no intentions whatsoever. Its JUST PATHETIC!!!!

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  • spinkingKK on January 27, 2012, 14:18 GMT

    Very good Article Sidharth. I can't beleive they don't make any changes in the batting order. I am also surprised that they NEVER EVER go for a win. In perth and in Adelaide, they were presented with a possibility of miraculous wins. The miracles just don't happen itself. You have to make a valiant effort to make it happen. I was shocked to see that these batsmen and the captaincy has always been thinking of saving the matches. Perhaps in Kolkatta 2001, Laxman and Draid were just trying to save their position in the team than winning the match and that win was just a conicidence. When you are 3-0 down and this being most likely the last test match of most of the seniors, wouldn't you try to redeem yourself some pride by going fo the target, however imposing it may have looked? There is no point in making it stay at 3-0. Only way they could have gone home happy was by trying to achieve a world record chase of 500. But, they have no intentions whatsoever. Its JUST PATHETIC!!!!

  • Scrop on January 27, 2012, 14:21 GMT

    'Rigid India' Yeah rightly so may be 'Rigid and Monotonous'. It baffles me that there was no attempt to change things. Dont know if it was the captain or the coach or the batsmen who dint want to try this.

  • ElvisKing on January 27, 2012, 14:32 GMT

    Its ridiculous to see the top batsmen get out to Lyon in this test to lousy deliveries and is a big slap on the face of Indian Players and BCCI top brass talking about "let them come to India and make rank turners for them" ! In this test match, like in others, Indian batsman have not shown any patience and application unlike Aussies, except for Sachin, these bowlers are as vulnerable as any if you stick around for a long time at the wicket. We have seen them get frustrated by batsmen playing stubbornly for long periods, both here and in England. Regards change of batting line up its the captain who decides, but it seems management has no clue to what a team requires. One of the steadiest batsman had been Ashwin in the first 2 Test but then he was dropped in the Perth Test. Ashwin has the correct technique to qualify for opener slot, but the management will not do that since he is in the team as a Specialist Spinner, not as an opener and that slot is taken by non performing Gambhir.

  • on January 27, 2012, 14:39 GMT

    it was required of India to go through the motions in ENG and AUS to pay back for a WC win. I think similar motions are still expected in SA and may be in PAK series too. how else can one explain some odd results in WC, including but not limited to ENG losing to IRL and SA to BD in WC, etc.. The defesive bowling, unexplainable field placements, rigid batting performance were all part of the deal: give us the WC so that sachin can retire with one, we wont even put up a fight when we come there. so it all went according to plan, if one looks at it from the bigger picture of what india really wanted. end to the wait for WC win after 28 years and achieving it in the last few days of sachin's career.

  • cricketsage on January 27, 2012, 14:47 GMT

    The batsmen are out of form and at least three are past their best-before date (I think everyone knows their names). It wouldn't matter what order you send them in.

  • ravichakra on January 27, 2012, 14:58 GMT

    Have we ever considered moving Sachin's batting position of No. 4 up or down? Two things will fall out of this bashing - one Rahul Dravid and Laxman will face the axe and inconsistencies of Sachin & Zaheer will again be veiled or shielded. The first hint of failure for Dravid or Laxman means media, selectors and former players will bay for their blood. But the same does not apply to some others. How come Sachin, Dhoni, Gambhir, Zaheer, etc. continue to be in the team or no questions being asked off them despite mediocre performances in the last 16 innings whereas Dravid was the only performer on the last tour and won us the match in WI as well which Sachin gleefully skipped?

  • on January 27, 2012, 15:05 GMT

    Somewhere in the back of my mind is that statement from Gavaskar after the second test - "If you have to lose and get embarrased like this, rather do it with youngsters." Its appalling to see the tactics of the Indian team.. No focus, application and conviction at all! Mr Dhoni needs to start promoting Feviquick as he seems just as stuck with his strategy. Also, now that we have about a year before our next overseas series, identify the youngsters that are going to play, send them to Eng, Aus and SA and make them play only 4/5 day test cricket there agsinst local teams so that playing in those conditions becomes a habit. Also, someone please serve a cup of morning team to BCCI so that they can start their thoughts on improving Indian pitches.

  • rajputvikram on January 27, 2012, 15:08 GMT

    Its a shame that such experienced players have not been able to adapt to conditions. None of them looked to attack and take control of the game on this easy wicket. Sachin has been biggest disappointment. Why the hell was he defending every ball from Lyon??he did exactly same to Clarke in Sydneyand got out and now here. Is he really a great batsman??...

  • RK.Chandru on January 27, 2012, 15:09 GMT

    If only The giants, The idols, The masters and LITTLE masters, The Gods have fallen to some lethal pace bowling, it can be digested. Falling to Lyons that too not due to any demons in the pitch or some great spin bowling; but, due to lack of application and reckless, irresponsible, gully cricketer like technique is inexplicable. As one commentator has put it, Lyon bowls with the back up of 500, 600 runs in the kitty and poor Ashwin doesn't have that luxury and that's the difference between their bowling. This is the worst ever series in recent memory team India has ever played. We all cricket fans only expect the board and the selectors have the guts to revamp the team completely and let better cricketing sense prevail and not regional / religion based quotas. Naming three separate teams for Tests, ODIs and T20s will give well deserved chance for players who have been frustratingly waiting in the bench for quite long. Let selection not be based on investments made on a player.

  • East_West on January 27, 2012, 15:12 GMT

    All excuses SID! why don't you and other indian writers take a voluntary retirement from wrting this garbage on Indians, and their dreams, etc! look what your Aussie colleague wrote" With Australia four wickets away from a 4-0 hammering of India, Cricket Australia have annouced that there will be free entry to Adelaide Oval tomorrow. Woeful from India, they have run out of their last excuse, this wasn't a green wicket, this was not a pitch helpful for the home fast bowlers, this was a flat batting wicket. Twice they have imploded against persistent high-quality bowling. They have nowhere to hide, however great their middle order may be. You can point to history, to their past records, to their earlier deeds overseas, but losing eight consecutive overseas Test is a massive, massive indictment.........." THIS TELLS A LOT ABOUT SO CALLED SUPER EGO Indian crickters! what a spineless team! useless and shameles indian cricinfo writers!