Australia v India, 4th Test, Adelaide, 5th day January 28, 2012

No need for anyone to retire - Sehwag

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None of the senior players is retiring as of now, the India team has said. There have been reports during the series that VVS Laxman (during Perth) and Rahul Dravid (during Adelaide) might have played their last Test match. After India's 0-4 whitewash, though, the team spokesperson read out a statement saying the reports were rumour and incorrect.

"The team takes note of the stories in the media suggesting the imminent retirement of a member of the Indian team," the spokesperson said. "We would like to clarify the situation by stating categorically that these are not correct and are baseless." The statement didn't name any of the players. "No players from the Indian team will be retiring. It is a rumour. Baseless. Incorrect."

Virender Sehwag, the stand-in captain, said, "I clarify that there is no need for retirement from anybody in this team. And they will take their call when they need it and when they think that their time is up."

The speculation, though, remains rife, especially because India don't play an away Test for the next two years, and it doesn't make sense to carry any player further unless he will be fit and ready for those overseas tours. When asked if he felt the seniors should be phased out, Sehwag said it wasn't his decision. "That's the team management and selectors who will decide," he said. "It is not me or anyone else who will decide. If they think we need something to change, they will do that. If they think we should carry on with the same, and just wait for other players to perform, and if you perform, they will take the call."

Sehwag also supported coach Duncan Fletcher, under whom India have lost eight away Tests in a row. Fletcher's record as a coach in Australia now reads one Test win and 13 losses. "He is a good coach," Sehwag said. "He is talking to a lot of the batsmen and giving his input and making a lot of strategy. When you can't execute your strategy, nothing happens.

"Why should I blame him [Fletcher]? It's the players who let the team down, not the support staff. They are very good. They are giving everything the players ask for. They were throwing to a lot of the batsmen. Thanks to the support staff. They are working hard to make sure the players perform. Make sure they give a good atmosphere for the players to perform."

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • ChrisDane on January 30, 2012, 12:40 GMT

    @ chenchukrishna : now they were playing the Ausi series. when they were playing also, picture went dirty. Right ?? So, no any difference is there. Even when they were playing, same thing happened. Lost in a worst way. Cannot depend on same people everyday. Still Bradman z not playing for Ausi. They have done and they have played well. Appreciate them. but, They have to admit that they made mistake and they should try to correct it or they should leave the place giving a chance to some one if they can't correct it.

  • m_ilind on January 30, 2012, 12:36 GMT

    and keep minting money, I suppose.

  • on January 30, 2012, 12:25 GMT

    I saw guys are commenting about IPL. Please stop playing IPL then you(India) can protect your cricket as well as countries Like West Indies and Sri Lanka can protect their cricket. The IPL is suck...

  • Kirk-at-Lords on January 30, 2012, 11:01 GMT

    While we are about the task of clarification, let me clarify some things for the BCCI. The only vital things to do right now are for Dravid to move down the batting order to Laxman's position, and for Laxman to retire with dignity. These selfless and necessary steps will undoubtedly benefit Indian cricket and send the right messages to younger players, particularly Virat Kohli, who needs to assume the mantle of Dravid's old place at #3. Sachin can still be Sachin, at least for a little while longer. Tendulkar has what it takes to do what Ricky Ponting has done so well in the just-concluded series: reinvent himself as a wise old batsman hungry for big runs. In this department, Dravid is a long shot at best, and Laxman is not in the running at all. If there is to be any sort of orderly changing of the guard in Indian cricket, with no lingering hard feelings toward the great players of the past, the moment for true clarity has definitely come. BCCI, step aside!

  • on January 30, 2012, 7:47 GMT

    This happens only in India

  • Nandika on January 30, 2012, 7:33 GMT

    bad luck for india.i think india has been given 110 matches till 2020 and other coutries pakistan srilanka 88 matches by ICC that is unfair.others also should be given like india.sure ly indians are no capable of playing under fast bounce wickets.but they can play under flat spinng wicket .but sri lanka lost only one game 1-0 in englnad and south africa 2-1 .also pakistan did well last few months but india two white washes 4-0 in uk and aussi.so icc pls give more matches to other countries.they only think about india because they have money and IPL everything

  • ptnair on January 30, 2012, 6:19 GMT

    @rko_rules please do boycott... NOBODY cares ... LOL

  • dhoni_sachin_fan on January 30, 2012, 5:01 GMT

    yeah...they needn't retire...a couple of them better be dropped.

  • nickcarter80 on January 30, 2012, 4:27 GMT

    These greedy Indians will never retire unless they get axed. I'm sure Tendulkar will not retire without getting his 100th century even it takes another 10 series losses for India. Please give youngsters a chance. Need to think about the country before individuals.

  • on January 30, 2012, 3:58 GMT

    Please tell me why Laxman should not ?

  • ChrisDane on January 30, 2012, 12:40 GMT

    @ chenchukrishna : now they were playing the Ausi series. when they were playing also, picture went dirty. Right ?? So, no any difference is there. Even when they were playing, same thing happened. Lost in a worst way. Cannot depend on same people everyday. Still Bradman z not playing for Ausi. They have done and they have played well. Appreciate them. but, They have to admit that they made mistake and they should try to correct it or they should leave the place giving a chance to some one if they can't correct it.

  • m_ilind on January 30, 2012, 12:36 GMT

    and keep minting money, I suppose.

  • on January 30, 2012, 12:25 GMT

    I saw guys are commenting about IPL. Please stop playing IPL then you(India) can protect your cricket as well as countries Like West Indies and Sri Lanka can protect their cricket. The IPL is suck...

  • Kirk-at-Lords on January 30, 2012, 11:01 GMT

    While we are about the task of clarification, let me clarify some things for the BCCI. The only vital things to do right now are for Dravid to move down the batting order to Laxman's position, and for Laxman to retire with dignity. These selfless and necessary steps will undoubtedly benefit Indian cricket and send the right messages to younger players, particularly Virat Kohli, who needs to assume the mantle of Dravid's old place at #3. Sachin can still be Sachin, at least for a little while longer. Tendulkar has what it takes to do what Ricky Ponting has done so well in the just-concluded series: reinvent himself as a wise old batsman hungry for big runs. In this department, Dravid is a long shot at best, and Laxman is not in the running at all. If there is to be any sort of orderly changing of the guard in Indian cricket, with no lingering hard feelings toward the great players of the past, the moment for true clarity has definitely come. BCCI, step aside!

  • on January 30, 2012, 7:47 GMT

    This happens only in India

  • Nandika on January 30, 2012, 7:33 GMT

    bad luck for india.i think india has been given 110 matches till 2020 and other coutries pakistan srilanka 88 matches by ICC that is unfair.others also should be given like india.sure ly indians are no capable of playing under fast bounce wickets.but they can play under flat spinng wicket .but sri lanka lost only one game 1-0 in englnad and south africa 2-1 .also pakistan did well last few months but india two white washes 4-0 in uk and aussi.so icc pls give more matches to other countries.they only think about india because they have money and IPL everything

  • ptnair on January 30, 2012, 6:19 GMT

    @rko_rules please do boycott... NOBODY cares ... LOL

  • dhoni_sachin_fan on January 30, 2012, 5:01 GMT

    yeah...they needn't retire...a couple of them better be dropped.

  • nickcarter80 on January 30, 2012, 4:27 GMT

    These greedy Indians will never retire unless they get axed. I'm sure Tendulkar will not retire without getting his 100th century even it takes another 10 series losses for India. Please give youngsters a chance. Need to think about the country before individuals.

  • on January 30, 2012, 3:58 GMT

    Please tell me why Laxman should not ?

  • zico123 on January 30, 2012, 3:18 GMT

    Ishant is not unlucky, he should learn from Stuart Broad or Siddle, both of them were so ineffective last year when they used to bowl short, now they are bowling full and they got rich dividents, Ishant sharma with his pace, height, swing, if he bowls full he will definitely get bag full of wickets, he has discard the notion that bowling short is his natural length, that is rubbish. if he keeps bowling short he would not continue to not get wickets, and he would have to consolde himself saying he is unlucky

  • zico123 on January 30, 2012, 3:07 GMT

    Duncan Fletcher may be is not bad, but still it doesn't hurt to change the coach, may be he is just unlucky for Indian cricket, also time to change the bowling coach, under Eric Simmons we see no improvement in our bowling unit, why can't India take Wasim Akram or Glen Mcgrath as bowling coach.

  • zico123 on January 30, 2012, 2:52 GMT

    Pujara should be drafted in the Test team immidiately. Pujara, Rohit Sharma, Ajinkye Rahane and Kohli - these young players should be persisted with in Test cricket, they are future of indian cricket.

  • zico123 on January 30, 2012, 2:52 GMT

    Kohli has to tell himself he can be one of the best in the world in Test cricket, he should take Test cricket more seriously an show the world the same.

  • zico123 on January 30, 2012, 2:52 GMT

    Dhoni is playing as wicket keeper/batsman/captain in IPL, CL, T20, ODI, Test, it is hurting India that its captain is mentally and physically exhausted, either he has to quit wicket keeping/captaincy in IPL and CL, or he has to quit captaincy in Test cricket.

  • zico123 on January 30, 2012, 2:51 GMT

    make Gambhir captain, responsibility might bring the best in him and he might start scoring tons after tons, like Clarke.

  • zico123 on January 30, 2012, 2:51 GMT

    no need for any of the veterans to retire, rather senior players should be rotated, so that more young players get to play against weaker opponents, and against stronger opponent indian team should be picked on merit be it senior or young players.

  • zico123 on January 30, 2012, 2:51 GMT

    BCCI's priorities are wrong, Ranji trouphy 4 day match tournament should be India's no. 1 domestic tournament, not IPL. over importance to IPL is doing big damage to Indian cricket.

  • Sports4Youth on January 30, 2012, 1:49 GMT

    I must admit that with the passage of every day i am loosing respect for these 3 senior players. SRT & Dravid have crossed 39 yrs of age, going 40. And sehwag is callinig for support from Indian Media and public, he must have gone mad. I think they will realise only when they will find the stadiums empty.

  • Sports4Youth on January 30, 2012, 1:44 GMT

    Yes, NO need. VERY SOON OUR TEAM WILL CONSIST OF SENIOUR CITIZEN. THEY WILL GO ON WHEEL CHAIRS TO THE PITCH TO BAT. and the fielding will only get worst.

  • on January 30, 2012, 1:12 GMT

    I love how you guys disparage West Indies... At least they have had unbeatable teams, years of dominance. You Indians brush #1 by default and are world beaters hahaha, pathetic.

  • zenboomerang on January 30, 2012, 0:37 GMT

    Its not for me to say which Indian players should be dropped, but I would expect every other top cricketing nation would have changed at least 2 batters & 2 bowlers after 2 whitewashes @ 0-8... 1 series OK a hiccup, 2 series is a sign the team structure isn't working... Expecting a lot more from the Indian ODI team & that may be where your future players are coming from...

  • on January 29, 2012, 23:18 GMT

    I am sorry to say this but it seems that Indian team, their senior players and BCCI have hit the lowest low possible. They are not thinking at all. This is the death of Indian dominated we saw last year.

  • stark-truth on January 29, 2012, 20:19 GMT

    At least Dravid held India high in England, Tendulkar has been mediocre and consistent at that in the last two mega Series. Unforgettable in the backdrop of his personal milestone.

  • WAAAAAAAALLLLLLLL on January 29, 2012, 19:36 GMT

    Ohhh really...!!!

    VIRU u r absolutely right,there is no need of retirement from ny 1...coz they r living legends nd no one ( including BCCI 2 ) has the authority to force him for retirement,now these legends r playing for there own records...if this will continue then one day will come when they r more than 60 nd grabs all records of cricket books,as far as our team performance is concern we r in qualifying round wid BERMUDA,UGANDA,NEPAL etc...

    plz legendry boys thnk bout the future of ROHIT,RAHANE nd PUJARA,these guys has the capability of world best in near future...but this will only happened when u guys create slots in our team...

    BCCI plz drop ISHANT nd ASHWIN...nd SEHWAG replace DHONI as a captain from test team nd SAHA as a wicket keeper... We dnt need DHONI in our test team,his game is best suited to one day or t20,so leave him to concentrate fully on these format...

  • anil_annu on January 29, 2012, 18:54 GMT

    It's time to take bold steps from Indian selectors. But they won't do it. Think about losing eight in a row away from home and still don't want to retire from cricket. Come on who's kidding? We have made only one change throughout the series inspite of this debacle. Which direction they want to go?

    Anil_annu

  • blaster.pk on January 29, 2012, 18:28 GMT

    No one has the guts to questions Mr sachin tendulkar,,,is it becuase 1.He has contacts with all politicians and BCCI so it can back fire for whome they question sachin. 2.Is it because sachins record of most test runs may be surpassed by ponting or kallis if he retires. 3.Is it because he has the backing of sunil gavaskar, ravi shastri, ganguly etc it does not matter if he performs or not...

    Did any one above question why they sent out ashwin for press conference, why did SACHIN not come out , 22 years in cricket and he cannot come out to face media,, instead sending Ashwin... that shows his character ,, why cant people understand this selfish player who plays for him and for taht 100 .

    why cant sacnin retire, he has all the records ,, then what is stopping him ... is it money he is making or is he behind records as informed by mr sunil gavaskar to sachin to score more than 15000 runs ,,, Never interview sunil gavaskar, ravi shastri or ganguly no one wants sachin to retire ...

  • Raj12345 on January 29, 2012, 17:13 GMT

    So crop. You people don't have skill, what is happening here. Hello mrs x & y, you are representing our country , not you. if you are not able to play just get out, our of 1 billion people, there r lot of talents to pove. this is a ridiculous statement from indian cricketers.

  • on January 29, 2012, 17:02 GMT

    i am an indian and am a south african cricket supporter since 1995. its really amazing when indian fans do see the real picture of indian cricket at least once in a while like this. but does it matter. all indian fans are so biased and the media overhypes the team to such an extent that the people have forgotten where really they stand in world cricket. bcci has been killing indian cricket and if they continue in the same manner im soorry to say, indian cricket has some dark days ahead.

    anyways i dont care . just hoping for a sa series win against nzl in february \,,/

  • playitstraight on January 29, 2012, 17:00 GMT

    No Sehwag, you are wrong. If you retire now, it is better as the big three, you, Gambhir and Dhoni are doing nothing in our Test team. All the better, you all can team up with Gayle and play IPL and all the T20 competitions in the world and tour the whole world and come back to India and become commentators when India play. Yes, this is a very good idea. I hope you agree with me.

  • bombay4u on January 29, 2012, 15:42 GMT

    Its time to protest agaist BCCI to bring Indian Cricket to so low and persuing money without contributing to advancement of cricket in India. On the agenda should be 1. Improve domentic pitches gradually over 5 years to suite more bounce and grass allwoing local batsman to adapt to more bounce, pitches should be suitable to spin on day 3 onwards. 2. Look into team selection and rotation policy and allow better decision making, besides captain and the coach they should be provided with neutral and experianced outside person who can advise over tour team section on rapid basis.The idea is the neutral person whold be able to advise them rather then get sucked into emotions, i.e should have played spinner in perth instead of 4 fasts and should have played Rohit mush earlier and allow Virat to to to number 3 position. 3.Captains should be advised to play aggresive cricket and go for wickets rather then get bogged down and allow other teams to dictate. 4. Dont play shevag as a captain,

  • on January 29, 2012, 15:06 GMT

    Sehwag was look like an idiot when he was batting. Have ever he changed his style on batting ,team need to keep wickets? Always try smash every bowler out of the ground. Eng /Aus are not IPL or your backyard. All over the world know your weakness but you never think about their strenths. YOU MAY DO GOOD IN THE CB SERIES ,that does not mean you are good at test level.

  • mensan on January 29, 2012, 13:54 GMT

    OLDIES are not retiring because of IPL money. If they retire, there is no space for them in IPL. What an old man like laxman give in cricketing terms by playing in IPL? They are just after money. Tendulkar and dravid retired from international T20 but kept playing IPL because of money.

  • santymant1 on January 29, 2012, 13:28 GMT

    Come on guys, its just business. Indian board makes a hell lot of money from cricket, far more than any other cricket board of any country. Its just like they want other teams to win too and keep playing. What if England and Australia stopped playing cricket if they kept losing. Let them win too sometimes else we will not be having good opponents and people will stop watching cricket as thats where the business comes from :D

  • spinkingKK on January 29, 2012, 12:22 GMT

    Everyone in this Indian team thinks that they would have won convincingly if it was in India. I don't think so. With this ageing team, India would have lost the home series to the Australians. Maybe not as bad. Because, there could have been some rank turners and spinners may have caused problems to the Aussie batsmen than what the Aussie pace attack could do to the Indian batsmen in those pitches. But, the final result would have been at least a defeat by 2 test margin. India's closely fought series against the West Indies at home was an indication of their strength. I, for one, never ever had any doubt that the Australian team will win this series. If India continue on as if there is nothing wrong and thinks that same team was winning before, they will, seriously, reach below Bangladesh in the ranking. If they take drastic measures, then they can remain in the top 3 to 5. I hope they bring in a new chief selector who is strict and has backbone.

  • on January 29, 2012, 12:00 GMT

    These Players should be retired & give chance to new players to get in & perform,Just like Virat Kohli did. These all players rethink & soyld be retied.

  • monis11 on January 29, 2012, 11:21 GMT

    Viru is right. Do anybody knows an English cricketer is scrapping after defeats in India ODI & now in tests by the hands of Pakistan. They also won on their home land. Who has won in away test match series. Before this series what was promised from Ponting to the media. Form will be back. Again fans will come with cheers. Media will make this slum reports just to catch the huge Indian fan follow.

  • josh2david on January 29, 2012, 11:05 GMT

    I am a big fan og dravud but I don't agree that what he say, its clear tindua has no overseas test until auguest,Indian fans are going to be crazy of ipl and odis, these senior players dravid Tendulkar And laxman know nothing going to happen For them , they should be axed, I feel very sorry for the youngsters who talents pujra, rihane And rohit, they should have been given the chance in Adelaide, I just want to ask a fAir question about the cricket god trndulkAr how many matches he won for India? I Agree with ian chappell star culture in India is getting worse these senior players are stubborn to move out.

  • Abhimanyu on January 29, 2012, 11:00 GMT

    Lame excuses!! Now, give us one good reason why should India select Dravid and Laxman for the next test series at home against a team like New Zealand? We don't need a Dravid and Laxman to win in the subcontinent, we can do that without them easily, there is enough bating talent (Pujara, Badrinath, Manoj Tiwari, Rohit, Rahane) all waiting for an opportunity. Do not forget that Dravid and Laxman were picked in the squad because India wanted to win in England and Australia. Now, since India have failed to do that, there is nothing left that these guys can do for this Indian team. Can't believe, India will be stuck with such selfish players for another couple years since our Indian selectors don't have the guts to drop them (not taking about Tendulkar). Only thing the Indian cricket fans can do now is watch them make runs on flat pitches at home and extend their personal records for the next 2 years. God save us, please!

  • Naresh28 on January 29, 2012, 10:04 GMT

    LETS FACE IT INDIAN CRICKET HAS HIT ROCK BOTTOM. DONT BE DIPLOMATIC - JUST RETIRE AND LET THE YOUNGSTERS WITH FRESH LEGS COME IN. THESE VETS HAVE DONE ENOUGH IN THE PAST- YES WE APPRECIATE THAT. WHOLE TEAM APART FROM YADAV,KHOLI, ROHIT - NEED TO GO REST.

  • bondbonddb on January 29, 2012, 9:17 GMT

    Shameless creatures. I do agree winning and loosing is part of game. But they should accept the truth. Its right time to bring young blood to Indian team and try to rebuild the team. 5 big names (tendulkar,dravid,vvs,shewag,dhoni) and with out century in 8 innings. Really its bad remark for indian team. Just before this series Newzealand has won the match they y not this indian team. This is all because of IPL. Players are earning money like anything and not interested to play 5 day game.

  • blackerthanyourhate on January 29, 2012, 9:13 GMT

    Well a lot of things need to be reviewed. When you play against a team like Australia in Australia, you mean business...A normal home series for this current Indian team would mean they can handle things under control..Whereas when the same team plays a test match overseas, their so called home mindset wont work.You need plenty of preparation,mental toughness which the current team lacks..India will bounce back, but till then the CB series will be over

  • willard on January 29, 2012, 9:02 GMT

    unless India start to prepare hard bouncy wickets, they will loose away from India..straight and simple. When Dravid, Tendulkar and Laxman gone, India will be just ahead of the Waste Indies

  • on January 29, 2012, 7:45 GMT

    Not only do you have a great eye, but also a great brain. Let's win a few series at home. Selfish Tendulkar will score his century that he needs to score before he retires. Sehwag will score some flashy hundreds. Dravid and Laxman will graft some good scores and the Indian public will forget everything. Worry about the away games in two years, when they beaten to submission with the same oldies and we start all over again. Meanwhile he has bought two more years. Good thinking.

  • praveenchopra on January 29, 2012, 6:43 GMT

    its very difficult to win test matches in bouncy pacy pitches abroad,people should undestand that,besides who can replace big 5?do we have such classy players?look at their immaculate records,we simply do not have alternative

  • Rumy1 on January 29, 2012, 5:50 GMT

    So we saw more of the same. Enough man.Time to rest Sehwag, Gambhir, Dravid, Sachin and Laxman. Clearly, Sehwag is the most irresponsible player in team. This is proved time and again. Good time to bring Jaffer, Badrinath, Pujara and Kaif for the Test series at home. Wasim Jaffer, Badri and Pujara would be a great blend. Kaif would be a great addition as well. Kaif has always been a captaincy material. Make him the Captain. Besides youngsters, you need some experience too. Both Kaif and Jaffer are in early 30s.Sounds much better than greats in 38s / 39s. Time to blood in Rohit Sharma too.Bring back Harbhajan. Ashwin remains an avg. Ranji level offie who has carrom ball. Ashwin stands sorted out by international batsmen including lesser mortals like Bravo,Chanderpaul, Russel, Rampaul, etc. Pragyan Ojha should also be brought back in. He is a much better bowler with lot more variation and skills than this Srikanth favorite - Ashwin.Time to confirm Saha or I.Khaleel -India's best wk now

  • Rumy1 on January 29, 2012, 5:44 GMT

    The Test team for forthcoming home series should look like this....Wasim Jaffer, Rahane, S.Badrinath/C.Pujara, M.Kaif (Capt.), V.Kohli, Rohit Sharma, W.Saha/I.Khaleel (WK), Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, Ishant Sharma/Umesh Yadav and Pragyan Ojha. The other three spots could be for S.Sreesanth, Manoj Tiwary, and PA Reddy. Extraordinary problems need out of box thinking to solve. Look at Aussies. They have appointed Bailey as Captain of their T20 international side even when Bailey is yet to make an international T20 debut.

  • Rumy1 on January 29, 2012, 5:43 GMT

    So we saw more of the same. Enough man.Time to rest Sehwag, Gambhir, Dravid, Sachin and Laxman. Clearly, Sehwag is the most irresponsible player in team. This is proved time and again. Good time to bring Jaffer, Badrinath, Pujara and Kaif for the Test series at home. Wasim Jaffer, Badri and Pujara would be a great blend. Kaif would be a great addition as well. Kaif has always been a captaincy material. Make him the Captain. Besides youngsters, you need some experience too. Both Kaif and Jaffer are in early 30s.Sounds much better than greats in 38s / 39s. Time to blood in Rohit Sharma too.Bring back Harbhajan. Ashwin remains an avg. Ranji level offie who has carrom ball. Ashwin stands sorted out by international batsmen including lesser mortals like Bravo,Chanderpaul, Russel, Rampaul, etc. Pragyan Ojha should also be brought back in. He is a much better bowler with lot more variation and skills than this Srikanth favorite - Ashwin.Time to confirm Saha or I.Khaleel -India's best wk now

  • musingsofamoron on January 29, 2012, 5:06 GMT

    All seniors should be asked to leave. Virat Kohli should be made the captain and Rohit Sharma should be the vice-captain. Indian cricket would reach new levels under them.

  • chenchukrishna on January 29, 2012, 4:59 GMT

    @CbeCricket: Imagine a test team without sachin, dravid, laxman and sehwag against Australia even in home series. The picture will go dirty. Who can be placed after them? We enjoy double hundreds from seniors in ODI. We enjoy their contribution in the world cup we won. Now we are cursing them. eh?

  • Techsters on January 29, 2012, 4:23 GMT

    Most of the oldies have forgotten just how pathetic they have become. They will surely go down kicking and screaming. Compared to the current 4, Gavaskar and Kapil did the honorable thing to leave on a reasonable high. By current standards Gavaskar, Kapil, Srikkanth and Azhar could have played for another decade.

  • McCricket_ on January 29, 2012, 2:59 GMT

    I find all the focus on Dravid a bit strange? Since June 2011, Dravid has scored 1,225 Test runs at an average of 51.04. This compares to the others as follows: Tendulkar, 778 @ 37.0 average; Gambhir 478 @ 25; Sehwag 484 @ 28.5; Laxman 878 @ 36.6; Dhoni 584 @ 27.8 and Kohli 491 @ 32.7. Dravid may not have been the Wall in the last 4 Tests, but his return in 7 months includes 5 centuries and 4 fifties. A thousand runs and 5 centuries in a calendar year is nomally a feat that only 2-3 batsmen achieve across the world. Dravid may well retire sometime in the next 12-18 months, but he should be last in the chopping order.

  • Chris_P on January 29, 2012, 2:58 GMT

    You're right Viru. While there are walking frames, canes & wheelchairs avalable, let's bring out the pensioners next time round! Maybe Sunny Kris, Kapil would consider a comeback?

  • on January 29, 2012, 2:37 GMT

    Crazy people, fill the roads and beach when India won the world cup and now.! Like India losing in seaming pitches, teams from that region have problems in playing spin. They have given bizarre performances in sub-continents. Why you people are screaming like this...

  • rko_rules on January 29, 2012, 1:44 GMT

    Just drop them ruthfully. No need to show any mercy towards them .I swear if I see VVS playing in India's next test series, I will boycott that series

  • ToTellUTheTruth on January 29, 2012, 1:18 GMT

    Excellent. What they are saying is that losing in India to all comers is next on cards. Great job. If all it takes for a coach is to offer some throw downs, please BCCI, give me a chance to coach team India. I beg you. That must be the easiest job in the world. Simply offer throw downs and don't mess with the status-quo.

  • playitstraight on January 29, 2012, 1:00 GMT

    Viru is stating the truth. After all, the next Test-series is in 7-8 months. But, if you want to perform well, then stop playing IPL and start focusing on playing for the nation.

  • Trident on January 29, 2012, 0:58 GMT

    leave these players , we dont need their opinion right now, cos they forget the motto perform or perish ... BCCI officials to sack them

  • Koolk on January 29, 2012, 0:49 GMT

    All the great players of the past knew when it was time to go. Steve Waugh, Lara, aravinda all went out without all these speculation and anticipation. The india so called greats should look back in history

  • TRAM on January 28, 2012, 23:51 GMT

    Some years back I used to think India batting line up is so strong that even their second XI would compete well against any country. I am wrong. It is ONLY THE SECOND XI that can compete. 1st XI batsmen are rotten. (barring Kohli).

  • Vincent49 on January 28, 2012, 23:06 GMT

    Yes IPL has been the catalyst for 'team India' test downfall. Money is a powerfull form of seduction. I think cricket in general would be far healthier, if 20/20 was never played again. I believe india's 50 over game will be next on the chopping block in terms of performing..

  • freemasons on January 28, 2012, 21:58 GMT

    well said sehwag, i feel the two series losses that we have seen was first trigerred by the immature bowling , u know on pitches that help the bowlers we failed to bowl england out early and again in australia in the first test we were not able to get the tail out early,. every time chasing big totals or trying to save the match by batting out two days is not possible for even such strong batting line up... its the bowlers who have to improve,..

  • cricket4ever6 on January 28, 2012, 20:55 GMT

    This is the time to support team India. They were #1 in tests and won the world cup less than a year ago. This was a culmination of almost a decade of improving, particularly in the test arena. They are going through a tough patch with most of their batsmen out of form at the same time. India should rotate out a few of them and bring in new players to also prepare for the time when all the greats will retire. Eng and Aus have played well, but it's nothing to get carried away with. Eng is nowhere near the Aus team of the 2000s, and has not even performed as well as Ind did in the later 2000s - no significant overseas wins, for example. It's also good to see Aus turning things around, but let's be realistic, Punter and Hussey are near retirement, and they have no established batsmen other than Clarke. Their bowlers did a good job, but they were made to look better in home conditions and against an out-of-form opposition. Overall they still have a long road to the top.

  • suko99 on January 28, 2012, 20:39 GMT

    I agree with sehwag. sachin , laxman & dravid still has a lot of cricket in them. sachin must try to get to 20000 runs , dravid 17000 & laxman 10000. sachin must try to get to 75 hundreds in tests & 75 in odis. as an indian i'm not worried about win/lose ratio. i want to see my heroes grab every batting record thats in offer. long live sachin..sachin....sacin......sacin

  • Rumy1 on January 28, 2012, 20:31 GMT

    The Test team for forthcoming home series should look like this....Wasim Jaffer, Rahane, S.Badrinath/C.Pujara, M.Kaif (Capt.), V.Kohli, Rohit Sharma, W.Saha/Khaleel (WK), Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, Ishant Sharma/Umesh Yadav and Pragyan Ojha. The other three spots could be for S.Sreesanth, Manoj Tiwary, and PA Reddy. Extraordinary problems need out of box thinking to solve. Look at Aussies. They have appointed Bailey as Captain of their T20 international side even when Bailey is yet to make an international T20 debut.

  • Rumy1 on January 28, 2012, 20:30 GMT

    So we saw more of the same. Enough man.Time to rest Sehwag, Gambhir, Dravid, Sachin and Laxman. Clearly, Sehwag is the most irresponsible player in team. This is proved time and again. Good time to bring Jaffer, Badrinath, Pujara and Kaif for the Test series at home.Wasim Jaffer,Badri and Pujara would be a great blend. Kaif would be a great addition as well. Kaif has always been a captaincy material. Make him the Captain. Besides youngsters, you need some experience too. Both Kaif and Jaffer are in early 30s.Sounds much better than greats in 38s / 39s. Time to blood in Rohit Sharma too.Bring back Harbhajan. Ashwin remains an avg. Ranji level offie who has carrom ball.Ashwin stands sorted out by international batsmen including lesser mortals like Bravo,Chanderpaul, Russel, Rampaul, etc. Pragyan Ojha should also be brought back in. He is a much better bowler with lot more variation and skills than this Srikanth favorite-Ashwin.Time to confirm Saha or bring I.Khaleel -best wk in India now

  • InvisiblePJs on January 28, 2012, 20:20 GMT

    @Mozenrath Tabaqi - Rahul's ability to grind an opposition created the platform on many occasions for the more free flowing batsmen like Sachin to 'dominate' other teams. Interesting statistics you provide about Rahul - I'm not sure how him having a bad year in 1999 is relevant to the current situation though. It remains the case that over the past 12-18 months both Rahul & VVS have provided more value to the Indian team than Sachin - he therefore should be the first to put up his hand and retire gracefully.

  • on January 28, 2012, 19:58 GMT

    Whitewash after whitewash does not make this a poor team, credit must be given to the home teams on these occasions. They played much better cricket (bowling) than team India. Could have been an interesting series with quality bowling from India...

    India's Great batsmen failed against some great bowling.

    Aus' batsmen scored a lot of runs against some poor bowling.

  • aussiecurry on January 28, 2012, 19:41 GMT

    4-0 is embarrassing Mr Viru,if you know bitter truth then you are one of the main culprit,LAXMAN is my friend he is VVS to indian cric still he should think of dignity and respect he earned from cric lovers same with DRAVID-Mr Wall even the strongest of wall become's weak as it gets old...ah talk of SACHIN-he was the only one middling the ball but he cannot stay at the crease for long anymore...Lets give this people onemore year and the talent sitting on the bench should be touring ENGLAND or AUSTRALIA to play some overseas cricket with county teams so that when this greaties retire we will have enough experience and talent to win overseas-BTW why can't we send GAMBHIR on a honeymoon and i say goodluck to RAINA,RAHANE,ROHIT,MUKUND,PUJARA, AROON VAROON,DINDA,PATHAN's,OJHA but for sure we will not have another DRAVID,LAXI,SACHIN,VIRU still we need to make tommorrow

  • Nampally on January 28, 2012, 19:27 GMT

    I don't think anyone will be forced to retire. The next series of Test matches is not due till another 8 months. India should first retire (or fire) the present Selectors first. Then they should elect a new Selection committee which include former test Cricketers like Gavaskar, Kumble, Kapil & Ganguly. These 4 cover all regions + experience from late 60's to 2008. Secondly the position of the present Coach needs to be reviewed. Thirdly the real cause of batting failure needs to be investigated & corrective actions implemented.It made no sense in omitting Rohit in Australia when he was in terrific form - Why?. This question needs to be answered.Rohit & Kohli must be in XI as 1-2 punch like Ponting & Clarke. Yadev, Aaron, Ishant, Ashwin,Ojha & Rahul must be persisted as 6 permanent squad bowlers.These 8 form the nucleaus of the Indian squad. All other batting positions subject to review - based on form, fitness and competition - no special treatment for "legends". That is fair game!.

  • Natx on January 28, 2012, 19:24 GMT

    @zoot - mate, are u kidding? what else is left to tarnish for these three? It's all gone and amply demonstrated by 8 continuous tests abroad. Only Dravid on this list has some reason to look up. But his time is up as well as demonstrated by the countless number of clean bowled's he achieved down under. It's time for the shameless record chaser (aka god) to retire soon or get fired first than the public asking the head of other two as at least they played for the country and either saved or won the tests both in India and abroad, numerous times.

  • myStraightTalk on January 28, 2012, 18:41 GMT

    SOURCES ARE SAYING THEY WILL BE TREATED LIKE HARBAJAN SINGH. DROPING AND GIVING CHANCE TO OTHERS. ACCOUNTABILITY WILL BE DONE WHEN THEY BACK TO INDIA. TILL THEN THEY CAN JUST TALK.

  • CaughtAndBowled on January 28, 2012, 18:10 GMT

    India do not have proper overseas tour in the next two years. It is blessing in disguise. Selectors should not replace all three in one one go. I think they should start with Dravid. Replace him with Rohit and shift Laxman to No.3. After a series, hopefully Tendulkar would have scored his 100th century. Get him the pink slip and show him the door. We have got Pujara and Raina to compete for his place and Laxman should be phased next. Long road ahead.

    We have got similar problem with our bowling unit. We have to find a decent replacement for Khan. Ishant should learn to bowl little fuller and may be BCCI should get him a county contract for a season. I don't think Praveen Kumar is good enough. Same goes with Munaf, Sreesanth. Not sure if we have any other bowler in the horizon.

  • Romenevans on January 28, 2012, 17:46 GMT

    When i think about Indian Cricket, Passion and self respect, team above records, only one name comes in my mind, Anil Kumble. Rest all are suffering with a disease called "Selfishness"! Enough said.

  • on January 28, 2012, 17:46 GMT

    yep agree with viru vvs to be dropped and dhoni shud also be and ishanth but sachin and dravid still has lot of cricket.... forget rohit koliu r raina no one can replace these 2 guys...it doesnt mean they shud not retire only but decision shud be left to dem.... see how aussies backed ponting... instead india touring aus if aus would hav toured india now i think ponting would hav taken retirement.... wall and paaji cant be replaced... v shud back dem....all u fellas cho commented against dem dont think u ll be regarded as super brains just bec u screwing those...

  • on January 28, 2012, 17:27 GMT

    dravid laxman can go, sachin needs to stay as he is playing very well.

  • TheCommonMan on January 28, 2012, 17:11 GMT

    Please review last few series record, Don't blindly say, we lost the series because of seniors. Just look at the last few series records not their past records(couple years ago). Dhoni WI Series (Away) 3 5 0 97 74 19.40 Eng series (Away) 4 8 1 220 77 31.42 WI (Home) 3 5 1 165 144 41.25 Aus (Away) 3 6 1 102 57* 20.40 Schewag Eng series (Away) 2 4 0 41 33 10.25 WI (Home) 3 5 0 245 60 49.00 Aus (Away) 4 8 0 198 67 24.75 Lax WI Series (Away) 3 6 1 243 87 48.60 Eng series (Away) 4 8 0 182 56 22.75 WI (Home) 3 5 2 298 176* 99.33 Aus (Away) 4 8 0 155 66 19.37 Sachin Record Eng series (Away) 4 8 0 273 91 34.12 WI (Home) 3 5 0 218 94 43.60 Aus (Away) 4 8 0 287 80 35.87 Dravid WI Series (Away) 3 6 1 251 112 50.20 Eng series (Away) 4 8 2 461 146* 76.83 WI (Home) 3 5 0 319 119 63.80 Aus (Away) 4 8 0 194 68 24.25

    Please choose the person who has to retire from team. Age is not a factor

  • trinibay on January 28, 2012, 17:00 GMT

    Is Sewag out of his mind?????? He should first ask himself what he has done..evryone says it is his style of batting..well that is not good enough ..he should learn a thing or 2 from David Warner..

  • NSGD on January 28, 2012, 16:57 GMT

    To those who thinks sachin has not won test matches for India is totally dumb. He bats at #4 position and his job is to keep runs flowing during that time and tht is exactly he's been doing. I think some of the commentators should retire, cause most of them time its same old commentary and current Indian coach needs to retire. everyone is been talking about players and how poor they have played, i have not heard single word from the coach him self. And far as saying Indian greatest have not won a test series in AUS is a lie too. if ur an Indian, then u know that in 2008 we would have won that match so Indian fans think it as a win so the series goes 2-1 in India's favor.

  • cric_fan__ on January 28, 2012, 16:55 GMT

    INDIA SHOULD TRUST YOUNG GUYS LIKE AUS. AUS LOST WARNE, MCCRATH, HAYDEN, GILLY, BEVAN ALL BUT THEY TRUSTED ON YOUNG GUYS WITH ONE OR TWO SENIORS. I WOULD SAY SACHIN OR LAXMAN OR BOTH SHOULD RETIRE....

  • on January 28, 2012, 16:36 GMT

    still how many defeats they wanna giv us to see ?? it was soo painful to see this 8-0 drubbing .completely selfish act by these oldies luk at the srilankan team now dilshan kicked out frm captaincy and jayasuriya was dropped !! thats a great move atleast deserving players like chandimal and matthews got their turn.is any selector tht brave to drop sachin ?? who will play a series if he wants or rests if he doesnt.then why do we need a selection panel ?? gregg chappell was atleast brave enough but he targetted ganguly who was a legend .come on seniors gracefully get retired otherwise u will be kicked out of the team .how many more matches u want to block the entry of rohit and rahane,pujara and mukund ?? come on if u guys were blocked in tge same way by ur seniors then sachin could hav never debuted at 16 and playd 70+ odi's without a century .

  • wicketman on January 28, 2012, 16:18 GMT

    There is a distinct problem here if the senior players do not feel the need to retire. I am an avid fan of their batting skills and prowess but everyone succumbs to age and slowing reflexes and judgement. Change the selectors, invite Ganguly and Kapil Dev to be part of the selection process for the team (they are/were natural fighters). Please...fire Duncan Fletcher - take his salary and help feed the poor. It is time for a new captain too. Dhoni should be kept for ODI's, Kohli should be given a shot at captaincy and players like Pujara, Rahane, (2Sharma's - Rohit & Rahul) and Mukund should all be playing!!!!! BTW, Gambhir's place is by no means secure either.

  • on January 28, 2012, 16:17 GMT

    NO WORRIES, CONTINUE FOR FEW MORE YEARS. Rahul was never a success in Australia but for his epic 231, even in his prime days he was a failure in Australia, so nothing is different this series. He is a gem against all other nations. As regards Sachin, he is a supreme cricketer & no retirement for him for 5 years atleast. VVS & Ishant should make way. Manish Pandey should come in place of the dead VVS. Manish Pandey is very aggressive batsman & a superb fielder like Jonty rhodes.

  • IAS2009 on January 28, 2012, 16:10 GMT

    if India is not playing any tests away in 2 years the big 4 will make all the records and make people happy in India, it will not serve good for indian cricket in the future though. Ian Chapel comments was right about India he said "People ar OK in India if Sachin scores a century and India loos that Test match but in Australia it other way around". If India lost 4-0 with new players at least they will find out who is good, Kohli comes out pretty good. India have to rebuild people like it or not but they will quite a few tests (away) for some time to come.

  • SamRoy on January 28, 2012, 16:08 GMT

    Yes top 5 has to be dropped, big 3 permanently. That way nobody ever has to retire.

  • on January 28, 2012, 16:07 GMT

    There are replacements for every older player in our team but they are never given a chance or are dropped after few chances and not these seniors. Cheteshwar Pujara,Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma, Raina, Yuvraj. But v vll always go by name and vll still make excuses. Its time for change for sure.

  • on January 28, 2012, 16:00 GMT

    Indian cricket will never improve if team is still picked on past records. When will the likes of Rohit Sharma, Pujara get any opportunity. When they get frustrated and are low on confidence?? I think seniors themselves should quit if they want Indian cricket should improve. If they are selfish and want to earn more money and fame, then sorry guys, die hard fans of cricket like me will stop watching cricket. I think Sachin should lead the way in this regard.

  • TamilIndian on January 28, 2012, 15:51 GMT

    Ian Chappell is bang on - The star culture is the main problem in India.

  • datewithdestiny on January 28, 2012, 15:49 GMT

    Everyone in india needs to RELAX. let me make my point. 1. Dravid was not only the highest run getter but also the HIGHEST RUN GETTER for India in EVERY SERIES in 2011. He has just had three bad matches in 2012. 2. Can we forgive the trio for two bad series (one for Dravid) for all they have done last 15 years? 3. At the beginning of this tour none of us felt we needed Sharma, Pujara or Rahane. So to a large extent we are getting emotional and directing our negative sentiments towards age related bias. None of the young ppl above are in form except Sharma. if we believe we wont lose in india, then wait.lets give them a send off at home. They deserve that. Lets show Dravid and Laxman that what they did at Eden will be something we will remember till we die. We all know from the bottom of our hearts that Dravid and Laxman are not selfish. But we still say it. They will be gone end of yr. Lets give them a BLOCKBUSTER HOME FAREWELL. show them we dont remember them for the last 6 months.

  • CbeCricket on January 28, 2012, 15:45 GMT

    Really Shewag, you said that no has to retire. Keep them and let them take time to pile up individual records. Put Team India first, not the individual greats of the past. Do not deny the youngsters their chance and let them debut at 30's. How long are we going to cover up the inablities of the so called greats.

  • on January 28, 2012, 15:37 GMT

    enough is enough .Sehwag, Gambhir, Sachin, Dravid, Rahul, Dhoni, Zaheer and Ishant should be changed like a Child's Neppy. don't give them time to retire respectfuly just drp them. Please ask Shrikanth to leave as he never deserve this chair. Harbhajan should be given chance to lead India for one year as Lankan's has done rebuilding process with jaywardne.

  • Al_Bundy1 on January 28, 2012, 15:37 GMT

    People who say there's no replacement for the Big 3 are living in the past. They have cut themselves from reality. Same nonsense was floated around when it was time for Kapil and Gavaskar to retire. RAHANE, MUKUND , ROHIT SHARMA, PUJARA, etc. are quite capable of taking over from our Big 3 losers + those 2 openers. Who's the best batsman in current Indian team? It's a youngster named Kohli - not any of those oldies. We also have pace bowlers like Ashok Dinda, Abu Nechim Ahmed, Irfan Pathan, TP Sudhindra who can bowl better than Ishant Sharma or Vinay Kumar.

  • on January 28, 2012, 15:37 GMT

    enough is enough .Sehwag, Gambhir, Sachin, Dravid, Rahul, Dhoni, Zaheer and Ishant should be changed like a Child's Neppy. don't give them time to retire respectfuly just drp them. Please ask Shrikanth to leave as he never deserve this chair. Harbhajan should be given chance to lead India for one year as Lankan's has done rebuilding process with jaywardne.

  • arvin on January 28, 2012, 15:23 GMT

    sehwag is worried about himself coz he is the first player needs to be kicked out of the team along with his ipl loving team mate gambhir who faked injury on england tour to play in ipl... and very very selfish laxman and politician dhoni and useless ishant who has not done much even after playing almost 50 tests... and these 5 players need not retire but should be immediately sacked from test team...zaheer should also be warned that he can not take his place for granted... and bring back mishra and rp singh/pathan and praveen kumar... enough of ashwins and vinay kumars... it is indian team and not south indian team... and dont even think of bringing back bhajji or yuvraj... only dravid and sachin should be given the option to announce retirement in next series or so.... they deserve it... and one of them should be appointed captain with kohli as vice captain b4 taking over when they retire...

  • CricketWalia on January 28, 2012, 15:20 GMT

    Overseas test tours are over (for 2 years), it is clear that the selectors, senior players, coach and to some extent the Indian culture (make Gods out of mortals) is to be blamed. Hind sight is 20/20 and now that we have that benefit, let's not hide behind justifications, excuses and comradery. First we have to stop denying what happened. These overseas tours were not disappointments, they were embarrassment.

    We have a luxury of 2 years to build the next generation of Indian cricketers, let's not waste that opportunity. We also have to defend the title of 1-day world champions in less than 4 years and none of our demigods are going to be around for that (let's be realistic).

    Yes, nobody should be forced to retire, but they can be dropped in the best interest of the country and the sport. Tough and necessary decisions have to be made regarding Tendulkar, Dravid, Laxman, Dhoni(right test captain), Sehwag(right opener outside India) and Ishant. Let's be practical and not emotional.

  • on January 28, 2012, 15:17 GMT

    Yes, no need for anyone to retire. Just axe them from the not just 11 but 15. The Indian team's brains were frozen as shown by crazy statements coming from Sehwag, Ashwin, Gambhir, etc. The could not change even the batting order to fight the Aussies. They had no desire to win.

  • on January 28, 2012, 15:09 GMT

    You are right Mr. Sehwag, let the seniors continue to play till they are 60 or until we break our own infamous record of losing 17 away tests.

  • RSBali on January 28, 2012, 15:08 GMT

    Yes, no need to retire. All non performing players should be kicked out of the team. BCCI and selectors get your act together and take action.

  • asaduzzaman-khan on January 28, 2012, 15:05 GMT

    Play cricket, stop IPL and other business. Then India may become a good team again (but not best; far far away)

  • bkdheeraj3131 on January 28, 2012, 14:55 GMT

    I hate also to have sehwag..He is just third class cricketer..i must put him away out always. Do not know.. how he is continuing with the team with just stupid comments.

  • bkdheeraj3131 on January 28, 2012, 14:53 GMT

    Sachin to show the door first.

  • bkdheeraj3131 on January 28, 2012, 14:52 GMT

    Throw sachin..i hardly remember he has done anything for india except only sharjah series. He plays only for record and always chased records..never won for india and never played well under pressure..so first show him the gateway.

  • on January 28, 2012, 14:51 GMT

    If they not retire they Will lost Every match i dont know why they like older players who are 40 years old for them (the indians) even kapil and gavaskar CAN play they Will say that they are young what rubbish from india.

  • praveenchopra on January 28, 2012, 14:47 GMT

    this is very true.only players can decide when to retire.we only lost a series,its not the end of the world,i do hope indias great 5 will continue another 4 years atleast

  • on January 28, 2012, 14:46 GMT

    Its about time that India starts thinking of the future. There's no point hanging on to oldies & their performances speak for themselves. Invest now in youngsters and have faith in your domestic. It will pay off soon enough.

  • on January 28, 2012, 14:42 GMT

    Not sure if my previous comment went in, so here it is again (the interface needs improvement!) The players are not the only once to blame in this case. What is lacking is the lack of accountability. That is in the entire organization, starting with the selectors, the coach and ending with the players. There is a sense of entitlement once you have established yourself. Players feel that they don't have to continue to prove themselves until they decide to call it a day.... otherwise there is ramifications (like Ganguli's case). Here, in the US, there is the "what have you done for me lately" environment, that keeps athletes on their toes. Athletes, are getting paid for their work, so they need to deliver. One more thing, we need to mandate that players play in England or other pitches every year so they get used to the bounce & pace. Hope people take notice and change the way things are being managed.

  • zoot on January 28, 2012, 14:42 GMT

    Tendulkar (39), Dravid (39) and Laxman (37) do not have much future or even a present judging by their performances in this series. Younger players like Rohit Sharma, Rahene, Kohli and others deserve their chance. The former three should all retire gracefully before tarnishing their reputations any further.

  • itsthewayuplay on January 28, 2012, 14:41 GMT

    the idea having of a squad of players is that if players are injured or out of form then there are others to call on. sehwag advice to us is to wait until the next year or next series to see a turnaround. so if i've understood him, you select a player who performs and then when he doesn't perform you back them until they come good and when they come good they continue to get selected. a new player only gets a chance when a current player retires but according to sehwag there's no need for any of the current team to retire. could someone please explain when do other players get a chance?

  • on January 28, 2012, 14:38 GMT

    @InvisiblePJs Where was Dravid in srilanka and south africa in the past? only one good tour of Aus in 2004, that is it? In his career he was miserable in 1999,2000,2007,2008,2010 i.e.5 years , Dravid has never carried India's batting. He could the grind opposition ,NEVER DOMINATE THEM. Dravid also had better bowlers in the team at his peak. DRAVID FANS WHAT ABOUT HIS VERY POOR RECORD IN 4TH INNINGS, IT IS WORSE THAN SEHWAG, LOL.

  • on January 28, 2012, 14:28 GMT

    The problem is that current players think that they are entitled to playing for India. That entitlement mentality is evident by the way they pick and choose which game they play in. Our selectors & coach have not inculcated the discipline that is needed at international level. I know it sounds middle ages, but heads need to roll in the selection committee & coaching staff, and a new perspective (an discipline) needs to be emphasized. Just tweaking the players (who are merely using the space provided by the management) is a short-term solution.

  • on January 28, 2012, 14:23 GMT

    Whether they retire or not All the 35+ players are to be dropped. The Board is buckling under pressure from the sponsors of these players, who have been given fabulous contracts. It is stupidity to wait for Sachin Tendulkar to reach his 100th 100. If he is not able to utilise the opportunity and rise up to the occasion it is the end of the road for him too.

  • JustIPL on January 28, 2012, 14:12 GMT

    I agree with sehwag. No changes are needed as they will not impact the performance of inidan team. Board, selectors, coach, captain, fab4 all are not responsible for this humiliation. It is the bench strength that is not capable enough. Board made sure that they avoid swann by opposing DRS and avoid playing lowly rated teams in FTP. also avoid loosing against pakistan home or away to maintain the statistics. selectors made sure they try new faces against windies in search of replacements for fab4 before both the whitewashes but it proved elusive. coaches had no role after chappel disciplined indian team and that helped achieve that statistical milestone(icc ranking). captain cant do any thing since bench strength was futile. and last but not the least fab4 have passed their prime and are established in other businesses than cricket.

  • vik56in on January 28, 2012, 14:09 GMT

    The only solution to the problem is to make all wickets in India matting wickets for Ranjii Trophy.This will ensure that young batsmen in India will develop sound techniques against the moving ball.Since all the pitches commitees are all a total farce over the years.Secondly allow only Indian players aged 24yrs and above to take part in IPL, as 20/20 deteriorates the game of batsmen.

  • cricketsage on January 28, 2012, 13:58 GMT

    Board cannot "retire" any player. At the most, players can be dropped from squad. Retirement is entirely up to the individual. I would think that dropping a senior player is enough of an hint for a senior player to retire. That is if do not understand the ramifications of staying on. First and foremost, the senior is not getting any younger. More important, by staying on, he is taking away a position in team from a younger player who needs exposure at the top level for the time when senior does actually exit.

    Its commendable that Indian team is standing by its players. However, they are doing their fans and Indian cricket a disservice. Players need to be dropped based on performance. I suppose, a good home series, lots of centuries, and people will forget the humiliation at the hands of Aussies.

    And Zaheer Khan, great bowler that he is, needs to shed at least 10kg weight. It was painful to see him lumbering up bowl. Agreed he is not young, but at this level you have to be super fit.

  • Rahul0413 on January 28, 2012, 13:45 GMT

    I am sorry to see that India continues with the struggles overseas. At the same time, It is important that events like the IPL continue because it gives the young guns of India on the BCCI radar. It is the lack of enthusiasm that should thru out the aussie series that really told the whole story. We just have not played in conditions that are in England and Australia. We will never do well in overseas conditions unless we can replicate them at home. We just need to keep looking for younger players and move on.

    Perhaps all we need to do is look at the loss England suffered against Pakistan and ask if England should really be considered a NO#1 team in test cricket. Or is it really true that Test Cricket has turned out to be a home town winning fair.

  • on January 28, 2012, 13:40 GMT

    I agree with Sehwag..Whos said that they should retire..why? They should be DROPPED!!!

  • sunilnaram on January 28, 2012, 13:32 GMT

    Well well well ........see b4 the start of the series all the ex-players of India and world said that this is there best chance to win in Australia, but none of the guys said that INDIA will win. I'm not disappointed abt losing but worried abt the manner in which our team lost. I think we should leave upto the players abt there decision to retire.

  • AvidCricFan on January 28, 2012, 13:27 GMT

    No need to retire, just drop non-performing players. The list is Shewag, Gambhir, Dravid, VVS, SRT, Dhoni, Ishant Sharma. None of the batsmen are good fielders and they have failed miserably in the last 2 1/2 series. I am not sure what the team management and coaching staff is up to. That also needs close scrutiny. These players make huge fortune on the back of fans. They have morale responsibilities to perform or get out of the way. BCCI has responsibilties to force the team performance by dropping stars that are not shining any more.

  • D.Sharma on January 28, 2012, 13:19 GMT

    @InvisiblePJs.. good comment. Why are people defending Tendulkar? Why are people not mentioning his name along with Dravid and VVS to retire?

  • heathrf1974 on January 28, 2012, 13:06 GMT

    It shows the older players in India run the selection of the side and not the selectors. This is very bad and players must realise they serve Indian cricket, not the other way around.

  • ajayrcs on January 28, 2012, 13:03 GMT

    "No need for anyone to retire" Dravid is 40, Sachin is almost 39 can anyone give me any clue when will they Retire. Don't say they can go on and on If they don't retire now then People needed to kick them Out. Sachin worst sportsperson in the world most selfish cricketer. Lots of Talk about Sachins greatness How can a person can be called great if he is involve in a team which never Won series in few countries. He went Australia to score 100 against one of the best team in the world, So that he can be called great . My prediction about CB series Australia will win this time.

  • on January 28, 2012, 13:01 GMT

    I do not understand one thing, when Dravid was the lone player to play well against England, our press said its Dravid vs England. There was no mention of Sachin's under performance. Now both Sachin & Dravid fail in Australia our former players & media talk about Dravid being sacked. Why this indifference to Dravid? Why is our media doiing selective reporting? Why is that harsh decisions not taken on Sachin? Sachin struggling to score a century for almost a year now, agreed he is scoring mediocre half centuries, we expect more from him. We do not need Sachin to score these half centuries. We need Sachin to play long innings and score big hundreds like Ponting. Dravid has still long way to go, he is fit & has never been out with injuries, he has lots of cricket, so does VVS!!!!

  • spinkingKK on January 28, 2012, 13:00 GMT

    No need for anyone to reitre. They will and should be dropped. All the 3 and possibily Sehwag SHOULD GO! New India should give emphasis on the fitness of the players. It was as if India were missing two batsmen and Australia had 2 men advantage. Because, the amount of runs the Australians saved in the field was equal to a score of a batsman and the amount of runs the Indian batsmen failed to run (whereby the Indian batsmen consistently converted 3's into 2 and 2's into 1) was also equal to the runs of another batsman. So, Australia had a two batsmen advantage. PLEASE BRING IN ATHLETIC YOUNGSTERS into the team!

  • Chets99 on January 28, 2012, 12:56 GMT

    What a dismal performance and once again negative emotions run high. The knee jerk reaction is to blame all the players and say they are all useless, with particular blame being attached to the senior batsmen. After a few hours and some deep breathing to get the blood pressure back to normal, a sense of clarity returns and you realise that these players have given India one of its most successful periods in cricket, attaining number 1 test status and winning the World Cup.

    I agree that some changes need to be made, but personally abusing the very players who gave everything for their country is not the answer. India needs to ensure that the domestic first class structure is strong and that we have a large pool of talent to pick from. We need a variety of pitches at home to become skilled in all conditions. Before this wonderful team that we had...India's overseas record was much poorer. It is time for some new faces, but lets stay positive...C'MON INDIA!!

  • on January 28, 2012, 12:51 GMT

    Its sad that the seniors will have a such a shameful send off but its no point carrying them after such a huge disaster. Under home condition they may get some success but that would not serve Indian cricket any more. They got ample chances to redeem themselves but failed miserably. I have been following the Indian team for more than 3 decades but never seen such a spineless performance continuously. The next generation players need to be groomed and home series should be utilised develop a new squad. The one day series should be used for preparation of the next world cup and there is little justification in picking Sachin for this team- this lack of planning is the reason we are in such a downward spiral.

  • frigidaire on January 28, 2012, 12:49 GMT

    "No need for anyone to retire - Sehwag" , well said, the big guys should be kept in the bench and not youngsters like Rohit sharma etc, this will make big guys get out of complacency mode. Hopefully BCCI is bold enough to do that.

  • on January 28, 2012, 12:19 GMT

    Totally agree with Viru Sehwag and Gauti Gambhir, that no player should retire......

    VVS, The WALL, and the Little Master all have a lot to offer to Team INDIA in TEST MATCHES!

    Hopefully we will start winning soon..............

  • nikhilb239 on January 28, 2012, 11:59 GMT

    I have not been a big fan of IPL since its inception and I think this is the main reason for India's troubles abroad. Players are simply not interested in Test cricket after being paid easy money through IPL. Simply scrap IPL. It's nothing more than a drama and is just copied from EPL to keep the pockets of BCCI full. I also feel BCCI should be headed by an ex-cricketer like they have in England or Australia.Politicians and corporate honchos don't understand the game fully and is harmful for the game in long run.

  • on January 28, 2012, 11:46 GMT

    Come on now , there should be a limit to greed and selfishness. All Senior have served well , we acknowledge that. Now it is time to move on. Final shopping is also done in down under.

  • RARD on January 28, 2012, 11:46 GMT

    A 4-0 whitewash is not the issue here.It is the lack of fight & an abject surrender of the team as a unit. Fletcher has surpisingly had a pass.If this was the U.S.A..Fletcher along with Dhoni would be the first to go.These two were the selectors in Australia, and after the loss in Sydney,Laxman should have gone,and after Perth,Dravid should have been dropped.It is shocking that Rohit Sharma,Rahane & Ojha did not get a single chance.Dhoni is a cool customer & his captaincy suits the T 20 & the one day format,but the test matches need someone with an aggressive attitude who also has the guts to take tough decisions which includes the dropping of over the hill senior players.The loss to this mediocre Australian team is difficult to swallow and is even worse than the 3-0 drubbing by a good England team in 1974.

  • VJGS on January 28, 2012, 11:46 GMT

    If the seniors are really greats, they should realize that their time is up. Instead of all of them quitting at the same time(or dropped at the same time) - which would create a huge hole in the line up, they should leave one at a time - starting with Laxman simply because he has been out of form for a longer time. Then after a couple more series, Dravid should quit, then finally, after a year or 18 months, the master should follow.

  • on January 28, 2012, 11:33 GMT

    Drop gambhir,sehwag,dravid, laxman,dhoni and bring in mukund rahane pujara,rohit, karthik

  • on January 28, 2012, 11:30 GMT

    They can play Ranji ,who cares.

  • InvisiblePJs on January 28, 2012, 11:18 GMT

    Without question, the first to go should be Sachin - he has not won a test (like VVS) or carried a whole batting line up (like Rahul) for years. A good player on good tracks - but not when the pressure is really on. India needs more players with the passion to play like Kohli - at least he seems to give a damn when he gets out.

  • Hraig on January 28, 2012, 10:58 GMT

    Don`t get panic, Yes the situation is bad or can say worst. But no one is there to replace these guys as Kohli averages only 37 as you all might think he can be replacement of Ganguly. But I don`t think so we are able to replace Ganguly till now how can we accept these 3 to retire. And this time cricket is just in an arena where teams can win home series only. But this performance is really bad as there was no fight any time.

  • on January 28, 2012, 10:56 GMT

    @SunilReddy - Good question. Cricket fans need to boycott IPL. I am with you on that I would not go to any stadium to watch any IPL match (Avoid mostly on TV as well).

  • chitraj on January 28, 2012, 10:51 GMT

    Yes! Thank you.please let's distinguish between dropping and retiring. Maybe some of the senior players need dropping on poor form just like a junior player would. But retiring...let's leave that call to them, otherwise this is going to feel like another baseless witch hunt

  • shabbasus on January 28, 2012, 10:51 GMT

    This doesn't make sense..As you said , no away test for 2 years and still the seniors have their flights booked for the series..can't understand the logic of indian selectors. pls pls bring new fresh blood into the side..don't go for records, for this sake you are destroying careeers of hundreds of players..REHANYE, MUKUND , ROHIT SHARMA and few more are now fully set and ready to fill in shows for the seniors..pls let them take the indian cricket forward..enough of sachin's hundreds, dravids walls and laxman's resistance..hopefully indian selectors will give priority to future and not the RECORDS....good luck india...

  • on January 28, 2012, 10:49 GMT

    The current Indian team is a 'herd of white elephants'. Firstly, elect a selection panel that is independent and has the ability to select 11 good players. Secondly, select people who are focussed in playing cricket rather than players who run after money. Scrap off IPL from BCCI's diary as IPL has really spoiled the talented young cricketers. And Thirdly, have short-term individual performance player contracts for a few years and see the outcome.

  • on January 28, 2012, 10:45 GMT

    Remove Sehwag first followed by DRAVID,SACHIN and LaXMAN enough of these lazy donkeys playing for india they dont bat well field well or ball well what is the use of these fellows in indian team...get new blood with fresh legs

    Badrinath for Dravid,Rohit sharma for Sachin ,pujara for Laxman..Mukund for sehwag

    Karthik for Dhoni then india team gonna win series abroad

  • amitksingh on January 28, 2012, 10:38 GMT

    The selection must be simple... Give rest those who have not perform well for a number of matches say 4 to 5 tests in a row.. I am not saying throw the plaYer out. Just give them time so that they can think about themselves n work on their game in net n domestic matches. its very simple n must be subjected to all players. Selector should give a little more benefit to players like Sachin and Dravid. Everybody know how Ponting was performing lately b4 this series. Retirement is a personal call of players no one can force a player to retire. Its other thing, selectors can only do to give rest to whome those have not performed well n give chance to new players . About Sachin one of my friend has already written the day Sachin will retire Cricket in India will be not that religiousness the way it is. Sachin Tendulkar has made cricket a huge thing in INDIA... EVERYONE KNOWS .

  • on January 28, 2012, 10:38 GMT

    After consecutive whitewash series, I think the selectors now act and make some bold moves. Agreed there is no replacement for the big 3 or 4, but they also took their time to get settled. So it's high time they be axed and not to wait for them to retire.

  • crikbuff on January 28, 2012, 10:37 GMT

    If Laxman does not retire, he should be dropped. Also, Srikkanth should be fired, and Eric Simmons. Ishant also has to be dropped. And WATCH OUT warning has to be given to Sehwag, Gambhir, Dhoni, Ashwin, Zaheer!

  • rkannancrown on January 28, 2012, 10:29 GMT

    Sehwag is correct - there is no need for anybody to retire. The seniors need to be replaced - it is as simple as that. The fact is Ashwin has batted better than the top order & on current form could fill in the shoes of these batsmen. Mukund did better than Sehwag & Gambhir and is not even in the squad. The success of Kohli highlights the need to persist with youngsters like Mukund, Pujara, Jadeja, Raina, Sharma. In 2006, when the Indian team was floundering in SA, Dinesh Kartik was compelled to open & did a good job in SA and later in England. For no fault, he was sidelined subsequently and played a couple of games in sri lanka where the entire batting line up failed and he was dropped. The selectors need to look beyond statistics 7 pick players who fight when the chips are down. Dhoni, dravid, Gambhir, Laxman & Sehwag should be

  • sunilreddy on January 28, 2012, 10:15 GMT

    I request every one here not to goto stadiums to watch our flat track bullies punish bowlers in IPL. How many here with me against IPL.....

  • on January 28, 2012, 10:08 GMT

    They need not retire unless they desire..:)the fab 4 are still fit. Pls dont retire atleast for 2 yrs... instead skip tests and make way for the next generation in different slots of batting position. at the same tym, youngsters need these seniors around in their development process... once the mantle is passed all fab4 can even retire on the same day.. pls do not humiliate them. You ll know their importance once they leave the team.

  • on January 28, 2012, 10:03 GMT

    Indian Politicos and Cricketers know when not to make a graceful exit

  • on January 28, 2012, 9:59 GMT

    Sehwag you are again making a big mistake by making such statements, either you keep them or you don't......we are not saying all have to go, you need to ask one or 2 of the seniors to make way for established youngsters so you do not fall further down on your rankings as in this case if you are going to wait and see for the seniors to perform again, it will be toooooo damn late. you can see the frustration the fans are having with this attitude. The selectors too seem DUMB as they cannot see or else it's pure politics which they are more concerned with filling their own pockets.If a school going boy can see what is happeninng and urges changes in the Indian Team then why cannot you guys. You too have not performed at all on the top which is shamful and you are more concerned about the rest. Fit in yourself first as your class of batting has become a laughing stalk. This is utter selfishness, please give us our cricket back.

  • S.Jagernath on January 28, 2012, 9:40 GMT

    I cannot understand why India would want to persist with the old players,Tendulkar & Dravid have performed well on previous tours but this tour they showed their age & batting consistently will be a problem.Its a good time for Ajinkya Rahane,Rohit Sharma,Cheteshwar Pujara,Virat Kohli,Abhinav Mukund & even Robin Bist or Ashok Menaria to take over the batting as India will be at home for a while now.Ishant Sharma needs to be dropped,his performances have been pathetic all along.The BCCI don't seem to care about test cricket,they seem content with their pathetic performances.Without Dravid & Tendulkar performing well overseas,India are very foolish to retain them as the other Indians can perform in Indian conditions.Indian cricket really does need a similar review as to what Australian cricket went through!

  • on January 28, 2012, 9:38 GMT

    Its amazing Sehwag speach is speachless he just try to retain his place in Inian team. But u have to focus on the results, They dont want to give the chance to youngsters like Rohit, Pujara Bcz they knew they will be perform under huge pressure and so on their place will be no where in the team. Look at Kohli inning of last test match although he is a young in experience but he shows some guts playing like a senior Batsmen. I would like to mention more same like with Pakistan team younis, misbah should retire n give chance to young guns like umar akmal, umer Ameen. its not just the case of carrying players u have to preape new players which should be ready for Worldcup and test series against tough Test Nations. Sachin never scoredd century on peeples demand.

  • Vpx23 on January 28, 2012, 9:28 GMT

    JUSTICE HAS BEEN DONE!!! THESE RESULTS 0-8 GOES WAY BEYOND THE CRIES OF THE INNOCENT SOULS WHO WHERE WAITING FOR A BREAK INTO THE TEAM.. THOSE WHO WERE UNJUSTLY LEFTOUT WITHOUT ANY REASONS DUE TO HIGH & MIGHTY HEAVY WEIGHTS WHO ARE NOW WILTING LIKE THE MIGHTY C.CLAY!!!.TAKEN IT TOO FAR???

  • on January 28, 2012, 9:19 GMT

    Those who need to retire (that includes the support staff), do not do so, they should be dropped.

  • on January 28, 2012, 9:15 GMT

    Test cricket is real test.The again this old saying cricket maxim has proved its wording.Indian cricket is facing this test and fans are seeking answers.These whitewashes has raised questions on skills of players,which now have become weakness.Yes,indeed there should be why not.Whenever we play abroad ,we have been shown mirror by other teams,instead see your face yourself.This staint is getting darker and darker.BCCI is power house of money.The money attracts ICC to follow BCCI.But actually BCCI had forgotten that,this vanity could prove costly,as it did.This team has brought shame to nation much before the WC winning anniversary to come. The whole team has failed,it is a not a matter of 2 or 3 players.The need of hour is to overhaul the basic cricket infra and to change the selection policy procedures which actually loves number more than technical skills.Deep analysis is required from BCCI. By mere retiring players wont solve our problem.Game demands accountability.

  • Haleos on January 28, 2012, 9:14 GMT

    Mr Sehwag, you r out of ur mind. This is unbelievable. VVS and Dravid are most selfish cricketers in this generation. Rather than agreeing that there is a problem this indian team is too full about themselves.

  • on January 28, 2012, 9:08 GMT

    Laxman or Dravid will never announce their retirement unless they should be dropped. Big guns totally ruining the young blood.........Very sorry for Rohit, Pujara, Mukund & co......Selectors should step up

  • Arrow011 on January 28, 2012, 9:04 GMT

    THE GREATEST NEWS, NO NEED FOR ANYONE TO RETIRE. SACHIN SHOULD PLAY NEXT WORLD CUP TOO.

  • on January 28, 2012, 8:50 GMT

    Hey. I wish all the people who commented above would be replaced with selectors. What a great suggestions. And now talking about team, they are more experienced enough, they served a lot to make India into top 3 cricketing teams. Let them live guys. Don't dishonor them. Its not practical to perform all the times. Its a down season for them it seems. Wish them all the very best, and just hold back for an year or two.

  • on January 28, 2012, 8:46 GMT

    Yes, we welcome an early retirement of all seniors. As for as Sachin is concerned, he himself will quit after achieving the milestone of 100th century.

  • ramli on January 28, 2012, 8:42 GMT

    No need for anyone (read Sachin, Dravid, lakshman,...) to retire ... Sehwag is safe-guarding himself for future similar demands ... may be Badrinath, Pujara and co. can retire before anyone ...

  • atuljain1969 on January 28, 2012, 8:38 GMT

    With Sehwag clarifying that none of the seniors are going to retire, it is clear that they won't be dropped and unless they retire young blood will remain sidelined.

    Now it is up to selectors to either throw in the towel or remain mute spectators, because class is permanent and form is temporary, so one day these world class batsmen will again score heavily and this abject surrender shall be forgotten.

  • dalasagere on January 28, 2012, 8:38 GMT

    Yes i believe no need to retire Dravid and Laxman. It's good to Ind team if selectors drop Sehwag,Gambir & Dhoni for next matches...

    It's time to select Bajji and Patan now.

  • on January 28, 2012, 8:37 GMT

    I feel that the decision to pick players should be purely based on form. I agree that laxman and dravid havent performed that well this series, but has everyone forgotten dravids heroics in England? Yes, I believe that lax should be dropped, but not dravid. I wont even mention sachin being dropped, thats not possible. He has looked the best this series, and has averaged higher than most batsmen this series. The day Sachin retires from cricket, that's the day i'm done watching Indian cricket.

  • rbokhari on January 28, 2012, 8:35 GMT

    oh yes, IPL is coming, one of india team will win and they ll have the title. no body in asia like to retire, they only be kicked .

  • ramli on January 28, 2012, 8:34 GMT

    If the seniors all retire .... are we sure that we will pass muster even in home test series? .. no ... on the other hand ... blooding young players all at once ... will it ensure team building ... no ... then??? Instead of losing with seniors .. for a change .. team India can lose with the youngsters ... best way ... don't play overseas test series anymore ... all is well and at peace...

  • Precioustar84 on January 28, 2012, 8:34 GMT

    Why freaking not?! Why not retire NOW? What is it that they are waiting for? WHAT! Ugh this is soo frustrating as an Indian fan. I'm not expecting overnight miracles but hell if I was nearing 40 and practically end of my career, I would look to do something else in the cricketing world. There are other options out there like coaching maybe? I would NOT want to disappoint an entire cricket crazy nation because I want to leave on a high note or make a few bucks more or have a point to prove; nothing would stand in front of national pride. Sorry personal opinion I guess but if I HAVE to lose for the next 10 years, I rather do it with those warming up the benches and making mistakes but still have TIME on their side to learn from it. THAT is less embarrassing to watch and don't say who will replace them cause there are PLENTY available! Cricinfo please publish

  • on January 28, 2012, 8:32 GMT

    What a predictable response from Sehwag. Not having scored runs overseas in a long time. I think the selectors have let Sehwag enjoy the free rides for too long. Sachin and Dravid have a few more years of good cricket in them. And retiring them would leave too big of a void for the young guns to fill. Team India should look at filling the shoes of these greats by having a set plan to replace them in intervals thereby giving the younger generation an opportunity to enjoy time in the middle and grasp the in's and out's of test cricket from Dravid and Tendulkar. Laxman, Sehwag, and Dhoni should seriously think about doing what is best for the team and let Team India transition to its new era without holding on for selfish reasons.

  • baksh1982 on January 28, 2012, 8:32 GMT

    IF THEY"RE NOT RETIRING THROW THEM OUT SELECTORS. DROP THEM. NO GUTS NO GLORY. You're forgetting DRAVID, GANGULY, SEHWAG & SACHIN were young too when they were given chances. If Ganguly had not sent Sehwag as an opener no one would have known his true skill..Basically in order to do well you need to take some risks some times. Esp if nothing else is working. And, LAXMAN, buddy i loved the 281 you made but its time to hang out those boots. A terrible fielder, can't bowl & has average 19 in the past 15 months. Dravid does not need out testimony. Being bowled so many times he shud know that he needs reading glasses, they guy is 40. If they don't then they don;t care about Indian cricket but just themselves. SELFISH I SAY.

  • veerakannadiga on January 28, 2012, 8:30 GMT

    Emotions apart, the retirement of the big 3 does not solve the problem,rather it would be a disaster.We do not have the talent to backup ,all we have is some names that look very good on paper. These young names have to be properly groomed under the guidance of the seniors.If anything, the seniors should be phased out one by one.The big 3 have sense to know when to retire, it should not be forced upon them.

  • KarmatBaig on January 28, 2012, 8:28 GMT

    BCCI should start bringing in youngesters I think Indian had already lost important years of most of the talented players like Badrinath, Pujara and Rohit Sharma sitting on the sidelines and remember they are also getting older by the year.

    Learn from Australia as to how they had phase out senior players Slater, Steve Waugh, Mark Waugh, Hayden, Langer, Martyn, Warne, McGill, McGrath, Gilliespe to name a few almost a full squad.

  • cricketmaniagola on January 28, 2012, 8:20 GMT

    Sehwah and Dhoni should be dropped alongwith Ishant Sharma...let the seniors guide others.....i think Dravid should quit ....Laxman should be honoured and made captain again for 1 year and gambir as vice captain...Dheeraj Jadhav and Gambhir should open the innings....Naman Ojha cd come handy as wicket keeper batsman at 6...Pathan should play at number 7..................

  • kiranrane on January 28, 2012, 8:20 GMT

    Personally I believe that not all 4 has to retire, but surely Dravid and Laxman has to hang there pads. We have talented players to replace them like Pujara in place of Dravid and Rohit Sharma for Laxman. Also Sehwag to has be sideline for time being who need to prove his form in domestic games ( i mean Ranji not IPL) We have Ajinkya Rahane or Mukund to replace the current inform opener. India has to think in their bowling department also, apart from Zaheer and Yadav rest failed to take wickets. Ishant was helpless on the lively wickets. Since there will no international tour till next year, we can try youngsters on our pitches for time being and keep them inform instead of trying same old fab 4. Sachin has too think about himself and has to get runs. If out of form Ponting can come back with more than 500 runs in the series with 1 double ton at this age, Sachin too can. He need to be more agreesive and determined.

  • on January 28, 2012, 8:18 GMT

    In two consecutive overseas series India loses 0-4. ICC should limit India's test status to playing in the sub-continent. It is becoming clear that India does not have the batting or bowling prowess to compete on international tracks in Test Cricket outside the sub-continent. To salvage Test Cricket from obsolescence, it requires to be competitive for at least 4-5 days. Both Teams must fight hard and keep spectators interested for that length of the period. India has shown to capitulate in 3-4 days making it a one sided game. India's Test Cricket capabilities on faster swinging tracks is "Killing Test Cricket". India's test status should be limited to playing in the sub-continent. To save India further humiliation, BCCI should suggest the changes at the next ICC Board of Governors meet.

  • liverkewe11 on January 28, 2012, 8:18 GMT

    Sehwag is, in theory, correct. Players can only retire when there is a better player to step in and if the best of the rest is Kohli, who averaged 37 for the series, then surely those next in line aren't good enough? I think Laxman should go based on a long run of poor form and because the retirements need to be staggered over a few years. The Indian fans have very short memories, forgetting that Dravid was the best batsman in test cricket last year and saved them from what would have been a catastrophe in England. India were ranked 1 due to a reluctance to play away and were never the worlds best side. They refused DRS based on the pressure they put the umpires under yet forgot this only works the way they would like at home. I went to every day in Melb and Syd and have never seen as lazy a fielder as Gambhir. He jogged after balls that trickled over the boundary and seems disinterested in the less fun aspects in the game. If he is a future captain then Indian cricket is in trouble.

  • stFleming on January 28, 2012, 8:12 GMT

    Well if seniors won't retire....Then they'll be axed for sure...Its useless to keep them in the team...Look at Kohli...He has performed well under pressure...I think Dravid , Sachin Tendulkar and Laxman should be axed now...Laxman and SAchin haven't performed on both overseas tour, England and Australia...Dravid performed well last year and in England, but now its time for him to retire or he should be axed...India should look to build a new team now...So seniors should not waste their time and retire soon before being axed by the selectors....

  • on January 28, 2012, 8:09 GMT

    retiring is not d solution....The problem is smthin' else....It needs to be solved....n ultimately the Batting approach shud hv sm amendments....n huever hell says dat Youngsters shud be given a chance...den which Damn Youngster performed in this series....??Test match is a bowlers game....n whole of ur bowling unit comprised of Youngsters only barring Zak.....Who d hell is goin' to bat well when u have 500 to chase or 600 to catch....??...

  • on January 28, 2012, 8:09 GMT

    I don't think Dravid,Laxman can retain their spot in test team as granted, however, i wish they deserve a farewell game. We don't look for your service in home tests which most of indian youngsters can do that. So, drop gambhir, ishant from test team. Dravid & Laxman can get one more game to say good bye officially, that's all. Sehwag should play in middle spot, preferably Laxman's spot. Kohli in place of dravid, mukund & Rahane for opening slot and rohit, pujara & badrinath for middle order spots.

  • Drew2 on January 28, 2012, 8:07 GMT

    A Yes all three should go - otherwise they will taint their records further. In the case of Sachin Tendulkar, a farewell home series is the way for him to go out. On home pitches he would rise to the occasion I'm sure and go out leaving Indians with better memories than what has just happened.

  • enigma77543 on January 28, 2012, 8:07 GMT

    @indiapunter, "By not announcing their retirements, the trio have lost the right to call time" Well said, it's their fault if they can't do the right thing, no matter who it is, no one should be greater than the future of the team And to those who keep saying that "there are no replacements"! How will there be any replacements if youngsters don't get enough chances to prove themselves, afterall these "legends" weren't made in a day, a lot of people thought Sachin was too young & needed to gain experience, Dravid was criticized for being too slow, Laxman & Sehwag were criticised for being too unorthodox.....but they were persisted with & given chances & they did well. Same will be the case with youngsters, there are plenty of talented youngsters, they need to be given chances & they'll be the "legends" of the future.

  • on January 28, 2012, 8:02 GMT

    They are shameless, if they have any sense of self respect left in them, they should retire now! I hope Dravid leaves first with his head held high!

  • SirViv1973 on January 28, 2012, 7:59 GMT

    Personally I would like to see at least one of the big 3 retire now. If they don't then the selectors must surely wield the axe otherwise these 3 guys could all still be playing in to their 40's! Ind next series is at home to NZL which should be a perfect opportunity to blood at least 2 new batsmen.

  • on January 28, 2012, 7:59 GMT

    When has Sehwag ever made sense with his post/pre match comments? Don't be surprised if he says that Indian team will follow retirement logic of our public sector jobs. Hail this Indian team management and board that thought that no changes were required in the batting line up even after repeated failures. In a way they did good to us by saving our precious winter morning sleep.

  • on January 28, 2012, 7:57 GMT

    Mmmmm.. really good idea. Keep them playing for another 15years.

  • on January 28, 2012, 7:56 GMT

    Just look at how sehwag replies ! They have let their nation down, made a joke out of a billion fans,...if these shameless approaches continue coming, the cricket fans(Indians) will drastically come down in numbers...boo to these unthankful players, they have come to represent India yet they think this sport is their private property...A request from an Indian cricket fan - please do give youngsters some chance...we are tired of watching the same old players else a time will come when fans like me will stop watching Indian cricket.

  • on January 28, 2012, 7:55 GMT

    what an idiot.....these guys seem clueless

  • on January 28, 2012, 7:49 GMT

    If you dont retire. then Selector should throw them out.

  • on January 28, 2012, 7:46 GMT

    nothing to say,every thing have an end.it came for dravid,laxman and sachin.virat is very well better than dravid,he will fill all the three.am great fan of dravid but time comes pls get out dravid.i dont like to see helpless dravid.pls dont lose your respect dravid,pls get out.

  • blakmamba on January 28, 2012, 7:46 GMT

    plzz frnzzz dont loose faith on the team....i trully blv that they will come hard on d opponent the nxt time they ply ovrses...and plzz dont demoralise any of the senior plyrs....

  • on January 28, 2012, 7:44 GMT

    Dear Sehwag, Don't you think about Rohit Sharma, Rahane, Pujara..? How long you want seniors to play? Tell me one reason why Dravid and Laxman shud play a single test match after this series? what they want to prove? They are not going get any younger do they? Every body has to earn their place in the team, Gone are the days for just playing with reputation, for God sake please get real team INDIA.

  • kirkeet-fan on January 28, 2012, 7:43 GMT

    This is what I'd call height of delusion. Sehwag needs to grow a pair and man up, the guy is earning enough out if cricket. Trust me even I'd probably make a hundred against B'desh/Srilanka/NZ/Severely depleted PK-SA-Eng etc etc etc.

  • tanweeralam on January 28, 2012, 7:40 GMT

    I remember one article by Greg Chapell where he mentioned Ganguli got him in and was of the believe that he would shield him as Ganguli was having a lean patch. And he used a phrase which I think is where apt for this situation, "U Scratch my Back I urs". Sehwag himself a failure is shielding other failures and why not because cricket in India is private property of the so called batting heros. Next overseas tour is 2 years away and we need to start today even that require dropping Mr "I have got no patience"

  • Romenevans on January 28, 2012, 7:39 GMT

    LOL it must be so ridiculous and torturing for the Media people who take their press conference interviews. It almost sounds like these players are not cricketers, they are some punk ROCK STARS and believe that these media or press people are privileged to take their questions and answer. ROFLMAO! It was so embarrassing to listen sehwag's post match conference. Why don't he just keep quite and send someone who owe the entire nation an apology for the debacle and shameless performances.

  • Hraig on January 28, 2012, 7:37 GMT

    Why there is so much fuss about retirement from the team, what we can`t see as spectator is that the replacements are not there, what I think is that they are thinking for a phased retirement. We should have a belief in the senior players, they have done excpetionally well for the years and now 2 overseas series they let us down. They are also thinking good for the team as we are. What happens to Ganguly`s replacement it does not finalize till now after 2 years. We tried Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina they fails in a longer period. We are thinking now Kohli is the right replacement, it might be no as all other like Yuvraj and Raina also started well but not performed in longer period and also if Kohli has to perform he can perform in pressure situations like in Melbourne where the last punch was required by him but he fails. Blame seniors but asked them to retire or thrown out, they don`t deserve this.

  • on January 28, 2012, 7:37 GMT

    At last Indian fans has found the truth :D

  • ultimatewarrior on January 28, 2012, 7:35 GMT

    Everybody in defense of so EXPERIENCED Indian Team is hiding a fact that even an under 19 Indian Cricket Team can't give results worse than this........

  • ultimatewarrior on January 28, 2012, 7:29 GMT

    Indian Greats awaiting more humiliation before retiring.......

  • Gizza on January 28, 2012, 7:27 GMT

    The senior batsmen are trying to boss everyone around. If you're making runs and taking wickets, okay be a boss. But how can these old people have so much power. Did anyone notice how Kohli and Gambhir were forced to defend them. I really hope New Zealand beat India in India (which is the next series). And I think they have a good shot. Especially if Dhoni is still captain and nobody has retired. Bracewell and Boult will destroy the batting just like they did to Australia in Hobart and Zimbabwe now.

  • sandeeepd on January 28, 2012, 7:26 GMT

    they are not embarassed, they dont want to retire, they dont want to make runs. what exactly is on their mind then? hang on shamelessly till they cant walk on their own?

  • on January 28, 2012, 7:24 GMT

    Rakesh_Sharma, if you know the nuances of the game you will look deeper into the results and what is being said. It is true, this is the same team that achieved number one status and produced numerous results that were previously not achieved. The team is taking responsibility and that's a good thing. They are asking for support and we should provide support. Should there be an overhaul, yes there should. But not in the team, in the system itself that promotes run scoring belters rather than providing equal contest between ball and bat.

  • Kashi0127 on January 28, 2012, 7:24 GMT

    Live in Past Glory dear Gentleman. Any event Zimbabwe and Bagla Desh tour to India should be happening and hopefully we can do well then.....

  • here2rock on January 28, 2012, 7:22 GMT

    Putting input is one thing and making them work is another. Indian batsmen have been overly catious with their approach and have paid dearly. They have not tried to break the shackles when the things are not working for them. India need to retire the top order from 1-5 including Tendulkar.

  • Alkais on January 28, 2012, 7:20 GMT

    Its high time strong decision is taken by selectors. Ishant should be allowed to play a season in County Cricket. That will improve him a lot, just like Zaheer.Seniors should be phased out slowly. Its high time Eric Simmons is replaced with somebody else like wasim akram,Ambrose. Ishant should be dropped for a year, he should be asked to play domestic matches for a season. Pujara,ManojTiwary,Rohit Sharma,Virat kohli,Ajinkya Rahane are future. Virat can be a good captian in future.. Selectors has to take tough call.I dont understand, why kapil dev cant be made as bowling coach of Indian Team forever..

  • on January 28, 2012, 7:14 GMT

    Shewag's interview is pathetic on retirement of seniors.including himself ,other three past greats also should go.Sachin should lead the way--he should forget that 100 th century.no point in scoring century against a club team like Bangladesh or Zimbabve.BOSS pl do us a favour by announciing retirement

  • on January 28, 2012, 7:12 GMT

    The last time india toured australia, rohit sharma was not given a chance and instead, they decided to give a farewell series to ganguly...the scenario is pretty similar now...rohit again didnt get the chance he befittingly deserved...adios pros!!!!

  • on January 28, 2012, 7:09 GMT

    correctly said Rakesh Sharma, I think it is high time these arrogant players are reminded that there are selectors whose role is to choose team and also viewers can't be held to ransom

  • Happy_AusBang on January 28, 2012, 7:06 GMT

    The first one to be dropped from tests should be Sehwag. He does not put any price on his wicket, and talks too much and brings pressure on own players. Earlier he mouthed off that this is the best Indian bowling attack he has ever seen, and most people have been saying just the opposite. He made unflattering remarks before playing against Bangladesh that they don't have the capacity to bowl a team out twice; he suffered embarrassment there, and he now his team has not been able to bowl out the opposition in several innings in the last eight tests.

    I think Sehwag should be played only in the ODIs; and India need to find opportunities to play upcoming players like Sharma, Ojha, Raina, Ashwin, etc. The icons may be given chances in home tests for another year maybe but not all of them at the same time.

  • on January 28, 2012, 7:00 GMT

    Someone said about there being a vacuum if all the senior players leave at once. I am pretty sure that is not going to happen. Whom are we going to replace the senior players with? The guys from the one-day team. The same guys that won us the World Cup. Those guys spend a lot of time together. So it is going to be easier for them the gel together and preform better as a unit. The seniors in the test team show up once in a blue moon and I am afraid to say were utterly pathetic on the tour. Kohli showed us that he has the guts for glory. The one innings where he did get decent support at the other end he converted to a hundred. So youth is clearly the way. We could have played Raina, Saha, Kohli, Rohit Sharma in Adelaide. How more worse could it have been? The seniors didn't let that happen cause' they knew, if these guys performed, they would definitely have to perish. Laxman and Dravid should wake up and smell the grass. And Mr. Sachin, somethings look best at 99 like Sir Don's average

  • CricketFanInLosAngles on January 28, 2012, 7:00 GMT

    If they choose not to retire, it their choice. But the selectors should not select them. This applies to VVS and Dravid. They were great players. No more. They should know better when to call it quits. Also, Sehwag should not play in tests until he learns to play according to the needs of the team and the situation. Tendulkar is still capable and can play, but not when he chooses. Time to get some fresh and guys in the team. Even if they loose they can't do this bad. It was soo frustrating when they did not pick Rohit even for the last test. I am sure he would have played better than current Indian test batsman. Including Tendulkar and Kohli.

  • on January 28, 2012, 7:00 GMT

    The best thing to do in my opinion is to stop talking and quietly access there positions in the team.Give the seniors rest for some time and see if their hunger to perform is still there.These players have given immense contribution to the game,you can't just kick them out like this.India needs to groom players and teach them on how to survive out there if they want good test ranking.

  • xylo on January 28, 2012, 6:59 GMT

    I sincerely hope that Sachin, VVS, and Dravid leave on their own accord rather than face the ignominy of being dropped and left bereft of any respect from their fans. The fact that they chose to play this series having known that any upcoming player will be toast on his first away tour has already taken them down a couple of notches in my regard. Ganguly, even if he was unhappy, when he retired, must be a happy man now. As such, even if the selection committee were to drop them for the next series, most fans' reaction would be "What took you so long", rather than "Why". Tough, but true.

  • Dushgarg on January 28, 2012, 6:58 GMT

    Thanks my lord.. I am happy that none of the senior seems to becoming scapegoat for whole 13 members failures on the field! No one is asking for Gambhir's, Dhoni's performance. And if anyone is not blind to see then he could see that only seniors have scored runs (what ever team made), during England and Aus series. I dont want any tom dic harry to come in place of them and score runs in Srilanka and say that, look I have scored runs which our seniors couldn't in AUstralia.

    And lastly, trust me as of now none of the younger player seems to be as accomplished in test matches as Dravid, Laxman were when they were of their age!

  • on January 28, 2012, 6:58 GMT

    Such an embarrassing and demoralising defeat for India. A 4-0 whitewash,....what next? The old horses must be put to rest, if India wants to maintain its dignity in international cricket, this has sent down shockwaves in the Indian fan following and the BCCI both. A lot of points to ponder about. India has the likes of virally kohli, and rohit sharma in the middle order, they need to find a few batsmen to fill an opener's slot and in the middle order. There will be no vacuum at all after departure of dravid,laxman and even tendulkar. No one is bigger then the game and greater than the team they play for.

  • Dashgar on January 28, 2012, 6:57 GMT

    They don't need to retire, thats up to the individual players. But the selectors need to pick the best possible team and no player over the age of 36 can be considered a certain starter in modern day cricket. Laxman, Dravid and to a lesser extent Sachin are running out of time to 'go on their own terms'. The fact of the matter is that if India's team can be improved by removing a player like Laxman or Dravid and replacing them with Rohit Sharma or some other younger player then selectors shouldn't hesitate. The old guys have to go.

  • Saqif_rahman on January 28, 2012, 6:55 GMT

    There will be a time after 20-30yrs that SACHIN still counting on 99 tons...as far as Sehwag is concern...INDIA counting on 99 consecutive away defeat...

  • Ashish133 on January 28, 2012, 6:53 GMT

    Man, am I reading this right! Even after this whitewash they do not realise... God help them!

  • on January 28, 2012, 6:44 GMT

    retirement is the players individual decision. They r qualiifed & dignified enough to take it a right time. Assuming they retire now & india continue losing, the same fans will criticse that they ran away instead of taking the team to their past glory. Fact of the matter is criticism should be valid & constructive.Not long ago ppl were calling for ponting's head & 2 centuries & he has been honoured with australian civil awrd.Ask ur daddies 2 retire when they underperform in their jobs & u will no d answer.

  • BRattan on January 28, 2012, 6:42 GMT

    Retire Tendulkar first, he is the biggest drag on the team. If Tendulkar, Dravid, Laxman have any sense, they should look at the performance of Yadav, Kohli, Ashwin - all younger members. All the big guns have become very slow, and have gotten out to relatively new bowlers including the one who has played only 4 shield games. Retire from test cricket and go on playing IPL till 50 years of age.

  • ForgeNZ on January 28, 2012, 6:38 GMT

    shamlaatu India has had years to blood in replacements. Ever since Dravid , Tendulka and Laxman all hit 30+ new players should have been blooded in. Probem is BCCI has its head in the sand. Seeing only money oppotunutues having the three in the side. Draved is 39 ! He should have gone two years ago. India have been vanquished away from home in two white washes. And saying oh well we will beat them at home is papering over the cracks. If anything the ICC should weight test match wins away from hoke more than home wins in the standings. Problem is the BCCI who are the masters and keepers of the ICC will not allow that as India are impotent playing away. This was an absolutly pathetic attempt in Australia , going on about Tendulka getting 100 centuries. What fools.

  • on January 28, 2012, 6:33 GMT

    No need to Panic.Try and organise more matches in india and try to win and thereby boost up the moral till the next overseas match .We should understand its difficult to win matches in bouncy pitches

  • whyowhy on January 28, 2012, 6:32 GMT

    Viru you are right, no need to retire, keep the old cronies going and why not get Gavaskar and Shastri to also join the team ?? You have our deepest sympathies - may the rank turners rest in peace over Team India..............

  • Babloo3544 on January 28, 2012, 6:32 GMT

    Please NZ forget the Zimbabwe, invite the Indians to a tour, you guys will have a record of a lifetime by whitewashing India. This is your chance to climb in test rankings.

  • nyc_missile on January 28, 2012, 6:31 GMT

    He will say wont he,he and Dhoni are next in line after all,what a jerk this guy is..If the humiliation of a loss was unbearable,this jokers comments put enough salt on the wounds for them to linger even more..This is what I had dreaded on the eve of the whitewash ..that the players themselves don't care a hoot and only bother about 'home series,'we also won 2-0'..what? Give me a break...I guess its only the poor loyal fans who will endure this disgrace,the players seem blissfully careless and oblivious to the ground reality..Dump Dhoni and Sehwag I say,the seniors will leave anyway,just cant believe that they will wait to be dropped..ESPNCricinfo thanks for posting this idiot's presser right away,at least the fans can vent their anger..

  • myers74 on January 28, 2012, 6:31 GMT

    So the BCCI's plan to get India back to number 1 is to play two years of home tests on rank turners. Hmmmmmm. I do not know of any other team that has played so long at home without an overseas tour. I agree that Australia, South Africa and England cannot be considered truly number 1 until they have beaten India in India, however I do not believe that this is the way for India to protect its ranking. For all of the complaints about the Australian pitches, the only way to be a truly great team is to be able to win on pitches around the world.

  • abyrao on January 28, 2012, 6:29 GMT

    Actually Vengsarkar was on track, he was phasing out the seniors and getting in the new blokes who could had been groomed by now. But Shrikkanth like his destructive and useless batting has a destructive mentality and he has to be blamed. Regarding Sehwags comments, before the seniors he and Gambhir should be thrown out. One says nothing to be embarssed one says no one should retire, gosh shows the shameless attitute.

  • on January 28, 2012, 6:29 GMT

    I agree that Seniors should be blamed for Team India's poor performance at Australia however it won't be fair to BLAME only Sr. Players for total India's worst performance. It's entire Team India who let us down and its not just 3 guys let us down, it's whole 11 Guys who let us down. One just can't blame just 3 guys for entire performance. It started from Openers, If Sehwag or Gautham gives a good start - our Middle Order could've done better. So asking those 3 Big guys to get out of the game isn't fair, we should also keep that in mind that those three felllas have been serving our nation from almost 2 decades and YES - they failed as individuals and as a team as well but it doesn't mean that they should get out of the game. One more interesting area most of us are forgetting is - OUR BOWLING line up, when new guys from Australia stopping world class players and restricting entire India by not scoring more than 200 odd runs in most of the times, y not EXPERIENCE Indian Bowing line up?

  • Mujtabakhan on January 28, 2012, 6:29 GMT

    I think indian selectors should take some bold decisions for the good of Indian cricket. There are so many youngsters waiting in the wings. The sooner they take the better it is for inndian cricket. Australian example is the most obvious manifestation.

  • nair_ottappalam on January 28, 2012, 6:28 GMT

    I remember, last year, Dhoni after reaching the top of the world had advocated for more test matches for team India. And the BCCI obliged. No one ever expected India to perform so badly, which has just gone from worse to worst. It is a pity that the team which has the reputation of the best batting line up in the world couldn't post a 400 + score more than once in 8 test matches. How meekly they surrendered first to the English and now to the Aussies. In fact before the start of both the series' India had the upper hand. England were not the best side for sure despite their recent records. See how they are struggling against Pakistan in the UAE. Australia were beaten badly by South Africa falling to a new low(47 all out). They even lost a home test to NZ. It is now time for Team India to roll the heads of the three stalwarts, eventhough, they had brought glory to Team India time and again. Dhoni should also be shown the door from the longer version . Induct Kohli,Rohit, Pujara and Saha

  • Street_Hawk on January 28, 2012, 6:28 GMT

    No need to retire..Sehwag is right...just drop them and get rid of Fletcher too..we don't need somebody whose tactics do not work...Look, we have plenty replacements..if you don't give them a chance and shout "we don't have replacement" "we don't have replacement" you'll never find a replacement...hero worshiping is a big thing in India and that's why the country has not gone anywhere with its billion people...I think we should follow Australia model...keep one old or two old guys (like Sachin, Zaheer) and get new blood in just like Aussies did with Ponting....If England had brought back Ramprakash they would have never found Trott...but I am sure idiots in BCCI will do everything to get another humiliation, may be this time a whitewash at home..

  • rahulcricket007 on January 28, 2012, 6:27 GMT

    ALL THESE SENIORS ARE SELFISH , THEY WANT TO REAMIN IN THE LIMELIGHT FOR LONGER PERIOD , THEY KNOW IF THEY RETIRE THEN THERE WILL BE SOME NEGATIVE EFFECTS LIKE LOWER IPL CONTRACTS . ONLY GANGULY & KUMBLE WERE THE REAL TEAM MEN WHO HONESTLY RETIRE TO GIVE CHANCE TO YOUTH .

  • gmt3872001 on January 28, 2012, 6:26 GMT

    I WOULD NOT JUMP TO CONCLUSIONS , AS THE PRESS & THE INDIAN PUBLIC ARE BRAYING FOR THE BLOOD ( RETIREMENT ) OF THE SENIOR MOST INDIAN BATSMEN ( SACHIN , THE WALL & VVS ) !!! REMEMBER THE WEST INDIES AWAY TOUR JUST PRIOR TO THE ENGLAND TOUR , WHO STOOD OUT FOR INDIA ??? IT WAS THE WALL & VVS , AMONG OTHERS !!! THEY TOOK RESPONSIBILITY IN SACHIN' s ABSENCE !!! THE ENGLAND TOUR HAD THE WALL AS THE LONE SAVIOUR !!! WINDIES TOUR TO INDIA WITNESSED THE 3 MASTERS BACK TO THEIR BEST !!! NOW AGAIN , THE AUSSIE DISASTER HAS MANY UNDERLYING REASONS : THE LOSS OF MOST OF THE TOSSES , THE CONDITIONS FOR BATTING & BOWLING WERE NOT THE BEST !!! OUR BOWLERS DIN' t ALWAYS RECIPROCATE THE AUSSIE QUICKS !!! AT TIMES THEY WERE TOOTHLESS TO SAY THE LEAST !!! AMONG THE BOWLERS , ASHWIN WAS PLAYING HIS FIRST AWAY SERIES , UMESH YADAV SHONE IN PATCHES & IS ALSO VERY RAW , ZAHEER SHONE IN PATCHES , ISHANTH WAS AN ABJECT FAILURE !!! IF YOU WANT TO THROW OUT SOMEBODY , IT WILL BE ISHANT !!! DHONI DISAPPOINTED !!

  • gothetaniwha on January 28, 2012, 6:19 GMT

    Time to buy some wheelchairs , looks like no ones going to retire anytime soon, maybe they think there best years are ahead of them .

  • sjissac on January 28, 2012, 6:19 GMT

    No need to retire anyone. But, selectors should not call Dravid, Sachin, Laxman, Shewag and Dhoni further for test matches. Can be included if India play against Bangladesh, WestIndies or Zimbabwye. All are playing for individual glory and giving wrong messages to youngsters. That is what we saw in Kohli's celebration after his 100. He thought getting 100 was the most wanted. Sachin, dravid and Laxman have certain class. But Shewag and Dhoni are flukes.

  • Semoli on January 28, 2012, 6:15 GMT

    Bottom line you LOST!! 8 games in a row. You need to be dropped. whatever you are doing is not working. DROPPED!

    or we should stop watching you losers!!

  • jaylohere on January 28, 2012, 6:15 GMT

    This is mighty hilarious I say...we have been thrashed,humiliated and cornered and the same tune being sung...Agree Lax & Rahul need to move on, but what about our eternal "GOD" Sachin???...I say he needs to be be the first to go and set an example. People say he is timing the ball well..so its ok..what utter nonsense, unless you are scoring and helping a team win you have no right to hold on and play for records.Retiring with 99 hundreds will earn him more respect than a 100 hundreds. As for Sehwag and Gambhir..they need some time off...and Ishant too. Why Rohit was not played in last test when all was lost baffles me.

  • on January 28, 2012, 6:13 GMT

    His comments are just like his batting these days. Hopeless. Looks like those retirements will happen only after overseeing complete burial of Indian cricket.India will then go through a period of continuous losses like the windies with the inexperienced youngsters and by the time they start performing, the cricket fans would have gone forever. Indian cricket has become like Indian politics. Greed to stick on to power (read Indian team and money) has already done enough damage in the form of 8 continuous away losses. More than the losses,the manner of the losses has hurt the fans most. absolutely no fight and abject surrender. Cant the BCCI see the need for some massive overhaul? God save Indian cricket.

  • Gizza on January 28, 2012, 6:12 GMT

    In other teams and in other sports the players don't often decide when to retire. They get kicked out. Look at the amount of pressure on Ponting and Hussey in this series. If they had performed badly, it was bye-bye to both of them. Unfortunately, the Indian old batsmen will only say bye probably when their average is on 50.1 and they get worried about their statistics. Such is their mentality.

  • on January 28, 2012, 6:12 GMT

    I feel retiting of Dravid, Laxman and Tendulkar is not good for Team India...Everyone is forgetting what they have done to Indian cricket....If u see the record of cricket teams, it is the Home team that always performs well...Even if u luk at the youngsters like Rohit Sharma, He got so many chances to play for india....But he dint performed well... When we are 1st in ICC Test Rankings and also when we won World Cup everyone (Indian people, Commentators, News Channels) praised team India, But why no one is backing Team India.... It is we, who have to back Team...Finally i want to say that, team India dint performed well... I agree, But they need support from us guys...common lets cheer our team..

  • DragonCricketer on January 28, 2012, 6:11 GMT

    I think Ireland or Afghanistan should now gain test status at the expense of India.

  • on January 28, 2012, 6:11 GMT

    I think Sehwag is completely out of his mind to say such things. Whether BCCI has fixed some retirement age as in Central and state government services. For the sake of game, let's accept the fact and seniors make a graceful exit. Certainly all three are fabulous crickets of their time, now their time is up. Rahul has certainly slowed down foot work is so slow, which i've never seen. I've admired how he developed from ordinary to great player just by his attitude. Now it time for him to lead the way again by allowing youngster to grow.All three if they are really concerned about future cricket in India, each one would have sat out one test per series. That would have given atleast 8 chances for young players like Virat, Rohit and Rahane. BCCI atleast should have advised them about it. Laxman first to go, Rahul next and Sachin can manage a year,but he too is slowing down with footwork, recent LBWs prove this fact. So SRT please plan ur exit and fans please accept it,We need to move on.

  • aussieperthindian on January 28, 2012, 6:08 GMT

    Like other Indian fans I don't know where to hide!! Living in Perth I can only pretend to be an Afgan!! They could have done better!! A few pointers: Retirement a must for the legends by the end of this year, psychology a huge factor-"burn out" post world cup needs addressing urgently-explains why Dravid performed in England and no one else-he is mentally the toughest but he cannot carry the mental burden forever, Dhoni is severely mentally fatigued and needs to cut down his load or faces being dropped as captain, new blood needless to say, pick on form not on reputation, get rid of Fletcher-he did nothing for England and is a dinosaur, cut down IPL matches drastically, compulsary stint in County cricket for all test players and please please get fast bowlers from somewhere and bouncy pitches in India. There-problem fixed!!!!!!!!!!!

  • ekhalidim on January 28, 2012, 6:07 GMT

    India should now play with Ban and Zim to get back the confidence.

  • on January 28, 2012, 6:07 GMT

    please sehwag dont give such statements, i will be shamefull to say i am u r fan

  • on January 28, 2012, 6:06 GMT

    It is really funny how a guy at 39 scores the most runs in test cricket in 2011 @ 1200 Runs and then scores a meager190 runs in the next four and everyone calls for the axe.Is this the way to treat one of the true legends and saviors of Indian Cricket. It should have been done progressively and with lot of planning and policy by the world's richest board by infusing young players one by one. The first step in this regard could have taken place in Perth when Rohit should have been given an opportunity and VVS asked to sit out. Cricket like Football should be treated as team game and players allowed to sit in the bench to give opportunities for young players and the senior guys mentoring them. When you keep winning, you retain the core and when loosing has become a habit, change is inevitable and it is the change which will work wonders. Kohli should have been promoted up the order and Dravid at 5 would have easily stemmed the rot and the ignominy of big defeats.

  • on January 28, 2012, 6:05 GMT

    man... if two whitewashes while playing exactly the same middle order isn't enough to start India thinking about circulating players, I can't imagine what will be. I've always had a deep respect for Dravid specially, it would be very disappointing to see him getting kicked out, rather than bowing out with some grace.

  • Sanj747 on January 28, 2012, 6:04 GMT

    Permanently drop Gambhir, Dravid, Laxman and Dhoni from test cricket as a start.

  • rkhegde on January 28, 2012, 6:03 GMT

    Why everybody behind the the senior players to retire? Dont you people remember the contribution from these greats?. One series bad performance doesn't mean that they have to retire. Let them decide when to retire ( these greats better knows themselves than us). It ridiculous guys. They still have more cricket with them. We need senior players along with fresh hands. They are mentoring fresh hands. Let we all support them, let them play for india as long as they wish. Gud luck greats (Dravid, Sachin and VVS).

  • on January 28, 2012, 6:02 GMT

    NON PERFORMANCE IS NOT A MINUS PONT TO ANNOUNCE RETIRMENT.THEY CAN PLAY TILL THEY HAVE ENERGY.ALL THE BEST TO DRAVID,LAKSHMAN AND SACHIN.

  • on January 28, 2012, 5:55 GMT

    I was a amazed how badly they lost yet they Wana loose couple more seriese before they think about retirement

  • Rakesh_Sharma on January 28, 2012, 5:53 GMT

    Indian cricket team is not private property of Sehwag. Sehwag and all other 3 must be dropped. Other wise these people will play till they are 50 years.

  • shamlaatu on January 28, 2012, 5:47 GMT

    Frankly speaking I tend to agree with Sehwag and like his straight forward approach. Yes, all good things have to come to an end but such a hasty ouster of three big players will create a huge vacuum in the team. There won't be any senior player to mentor a youngster on the crease. I think the exodus of these seniors should be planned and systematic. Dont just kick them out of team. They deserve a much better and respected treatment, and the Indian team itself definitely needs them. I am a Pakistan supporter but I support the Indian team against Australia.

  • smartguy786 on January 28, 2012, 5:47 GMT

    End of a generation with no replacement in sight, What A dilemma India Has!

  • on January 28, 2012, 5:42 GMT

    Just sit on the laurels and enjoy dear. This is the vanity of Indian Cricket.

  • AtticusFinch on January 28, 2012, 5:41 GMT

    There is this Old Boys Club Mentality which seems to be prevailing in the Indian Team. Despite utter humiliation match after match, nothing seems to change - the team is unchanged, the batting order is the same, the reasons given are the same. And it is completely ridiculous that batsman like Gambhir and Sehwag keep shoring up other non-performers, when they dont deserve to be in the team themselves. THis is the classic syndrome of you watch my back, i will watch yours. What happened to the days when after a couple of defeats some non-performers are dropped, newcomers are given a trial and something different is attempted to buck the trend of losing. Here nothing seems to matter for Dhoni and his coterie - utter disregard to the Supporters and the Nation. Why bother when your bank coffers are filled with IPL and Ad money. The Sehwag Interview is classic self-denial. Pity.

  • Rajeshj on January 28, 2012, 5:40 GMT

    In spite of insipid performances which has exposed brutally the lessening of skill due to age (inclusive of Sehwag), how dare he proclaims that no need for seniors to retire.. do they (inclusive of Sehwag/Gambhir) think that a place in Indian team is their private property??? If the BCCI has any spine, it should sack all the non-performers with immediate effect and bring in a new team based purely on merit/skill and breed them for the next overseas tours... Its a dream... but its sickening to see the current players list as most of them don't deserve a place in the team....

  • on January 28, 2012, 5:39 GMT

    so the senior players won't retire from cricket, even they didn't perform well. when young players will get their chances. what the hell r u talking sehwag. u also one of the reason why india did not get opening the partnership well.rahane is better than u and gambir both did not perform well. for next two years india didn't play in overseas so changes not needed. is this good decision? selection must be on rotation policy

  • FAHMY on January 28, 2012, 5:34 GMT

    Interesting argument by Sehwag, isn't it? Sehwag agrees that (senior) players let the team down, and they are to be blamed for this. But hang on, he doesn't see any need for retirement from anyone in the team. I agree with Sehwag that it is a dacision to be taken by the team managment and selectors, but he is wrong in saying that the players themselves should decide when they have to go. The Indian team management has to decide whether they want to take the Indian cricket forward, or continue to carry the burden of the three senior batsmen, who are certainly well past their peak, as well as have lost the right to represent the Indian test team through their poor batting performance. Let he youngsters come to the team.

  • Sports4Youth on January 28, 2012, 5:30 GMT

    Who ever has given this statement does not have any sense of timing. they should have just keip quite and since the next test is 7-8 monthts away, they could retire one by one. However, even if they dont, i think with his age (close to 40 then) Dravid will be the first casualty. Laxman will follow (the axe effect). Hopefully SRT would have gotten his 100th ton by then. I sicerly hope he retires on his own before being axed.

  • on January 28, 2012, 5:25 GMT

    yea the senior players should stick in until The Team India will lose its test status :)

  • willmot on January 28, 2012, 5:25 GMT

    Gambhir and Sehwag shud be the first 2 claim their pensions. India have no heart or pride when the goings tough, only wen easy pikings to be had do they perform.

  • sandeepknk on January 28, 2012, 5:24 GMT

    ok sewag no need for retire.we have to retire from watching indian cricket.seniors should play atleast 20 more years or till death especially sachin.100 ton 200 ton 1000 ton.sachin go ahead,dont worry about India loosing,dont give chance to youngters,indian team is your team.make much more records and money.

  • AKS286 on January 28, 2012, 5:24 GMT

    if no need to retire. then how many years they all are goin to play? they should retire but one by one slowly slowly. otherwise same thing happen wat WEST INDIES face.all legends retire at a time. but if players will retire on the basis of this series.... then marsh, warner, haddin, harris, lyon all should retire bcoz these players also gave very poor performance.

  • on January 28, 2012, 5:22 GMT

    This is height of stupidity..no one is ready to step up and take the blame....no need for them to retire...but they must be dropped..problem is not in our ability but our thinking and approach to the life.....I feel ashamed to be an indian..we are good at nothing but yet think we are one of the best...

  • WildAmigo on January 28, 2012, 5:19 GMT

    BCCI and Indian Players have lost it...They didn't have a plan. They left out some of very talented players out like Waseem Jaffar, Rohit Sharma, Robin Uthapa and some of the domestic continuous piling up score in domestic.. Players in the playing eleven have a group not letting new comers to settle in. Eventually all have the senior players have to go some day so why not now.. They wasted this series to find any new talent other than Yadav is some one to count on. When they will try the new batting line up. They wasted the 2nd generation of stars as well. Players like Irfan etc

  • on January 28, 2012, 5:18 GMT

    No need for anyone to retire, just need to get dropped.

  • on January 28, 2012, 5:17 GMT

    In fact no need for Dravid and Laxman to announce retirement because they will be gone anyway, no need to have them in team anymore it is time for some youth and better fielders and faster runners between wickets to come in and bring some intensity to the game.

  • praveenchopra on January 28, 2012, 5:17 GMT

    yes,sehwag is right,we do not want to see glorious 5 retire,we love to see they play more,its only a series we lost,we will surely win when we play home tests,wait and see

  • hungrybunny on January 28, 2012, 5:14 GMT

    VERY TRUE. NO NEED FOR ANYONE TO RETIRE. IT'S TIME FOR EVERYONE TO BE KICKED OUT.

  • indianpunter on January 28, 2012, 5:13 GMT

    Keep saying the same lie again and again, and maybe it will sound true after sometime ! Is Indian cricket thinking of moving forwards? Or Is the dead weight of the seniors going to pull the team down again. By not announcing their retirements, the trio have lost the right to call time. It is now upto the selectors to do the right thing. I am not watching anymore if Laxman and Dravid are playing in Indias next test.

  • on January 28, 2012, 5:12 GMT

    What's going on with these players? Tendulkar, Dravid, Laxman are already old.It's time they retire gracefully to give the young guys a chance.Tendulkar needs to go first to show others the way.Greed never satiates.

  • on January 28, 2012, 5:09 GMT

    Retirement is not gonna 2 b a permanent solution bcoz we didn't have any youngster to took the role of Dravid or VVS what needed id to be done is to pick some good domestic players in the next test series because all next series upto 2013 dec is on the home turf and by playing on home soil the young champs can become more confident give 2 or 3 a chance in upcoming t20 championship in Srilanka ... If any temporary solution need to be done then please give the team a good and experienced coach like kapil dev or gavaskar bcoz the man who himself had not played any test in his carrier how can we expect from him to boost up players for Test matches BCCI take some lesson from Srilankan board and remove Duncan Fletcher

  • on January 28, 2012, 5:08 GMT

    I just hope that it dosent get ugly for the Fab 3 and they are pushed out of the team by management. All of their success over the years is being ruined by there refusal to retire.

  • on January 28, 2012, 5:07 GMT

    Someone once told me - "the definition of stupidity is when you do the same thing over and over again and expect a different result".

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  • on January 28, 2012, 5:07 GMT

    Someone once told me - "the definition of stupidity is when you do the same thing over and over again and expect a different result".

  • on January 28, 2012, 5:08 GMT

    I just hope that it dosent get ugly for the Fab 3 and they are pushed out of the team by management. All of their success over the years is being ruined by there refusal to retire.

  • on January 28, 2012, 5:09 GMT

    Retirement is not gonna 2 b a permanent solution bcoz we didn't have any youngster to took the role of Dravid or VVS what needed id to be done is to pick some good domestic players in the next test series because all next series upto 2013 dec is on the home turf and by playing on home soil the young champs can become more confident give 2 or 3 a chance in upcoming t20 championship in Srilanka ... If any temporary solution need to be done then please give the team a good and experienced coach like kapil dev or gavaskar bcoz the man who himself had not played any test in his carrier how can we expect from him to boost up players for Test matches BCCI take some lesson from Srilankan board and remove Duncan Fletcher

  • on January 28, 2012, 5:12 GMT

    What's going on with these players? Tendulkar, Dravid, Laxman are already old.It's time they retire gracefully to give the young guys a chance.Tendulkar needs to go first to show others the way.Greed never satiates.

  • indianpunter on January 28, 2012, 5:13 GMT

    Keep saying the same lie again and again, and maybe it will sound true after sometime ! Is Indian cricket thinking of moving forwards? Or Is the dead weight of the seniors going to pull the team down again. By not announcing their retirements, the trio have lost the right to call time. It is now upto the selectors to do the right thing. I am not watching anymore if Laxman and Dravid are playing in Indias next test.

  • hungrybunny on January 28, 2012, 5:14 GMT

    VERY TRUE. NO NEED FOR ANYONE TO RETIRE. IT'S TIME FOR EVERYONE TO BE KICKED OUT.

  • praveenchopra on January 28, 2012, 5:17 GMT

    yes,sehwag is right,we do not want to see glorious 5 retire,we love to see they play more,its only a series we lost,we will surely win when we play home tests,wait and see

  • on January 28, 2012, 5:17 GMT

    In fact no need for Dravid and Laxman to announce retirement because they will be gone anyway, no need to have them in team anymore it is time for some youth and better fielders and faster runners between wickets to come in and bring some intensity to the game.

  • on January 28, 2012, 5:18 GMT

    No need for anyone to retire, just need to get dropped.

  • WildAmigo on January 28, 2012, 5:19 GMT

    BCCI and Indian Players have lost it...They didn't have a plan. They left out some of very talented players out like Waseem Jaffar, Rohit Sharma, Robin Uthapa and some of the domestic continuous piling up score in domestic.. Players in the playing eleven have a group not letting new comers to settle in. Eventually all have the senior players have to go some day so why not now.. They wasted this series to find any new talent other than Yadav is some one to count on. When they will try the new batting line up. They wasted the 2nd generation of stars as well. Players like Irfan etc