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

'We also won 2-0 in India'


India continue to keep bringing up their home record in response to their back-to-back 0-4 whitewashes in England and Australia. The moment the question about the whitewashes was asked, Virender Sehwag shot back even before it could be finished, "We also won 2-0 in India."

Sehwag didn't see a big difference in the way the team has been performing, just that the "time is not good". "Everybody is practising hard at home, and then we came here and practised really hard," he said. "We make our own plans, and it didn't click. It happens with every team, with every player. The time is not good for Indian team, for individuals, so maybe that's why we are not scoring runs.

"The moment the time changes, the next year we will see, or in the coming series, we will see our top order giving starts and middle order coming in and score big hundreds. It happens. If I am making any plans I won't tell you guys. I will go and execute in the ground rather than telling you."

Sehwag said this is the same team that has been doing well for the last few years. "Our batting has been the same for last couple of years," he said. "We were doing well in 2007, 2008, 2009. We performed really well as a team and as a batting unit. But unfortunately we didn't do well in these two series. We were looking forward to these series and suddenly didn't do well and we let down our team. It's individual responsibility to go out there and play for themselves and play for the team. And to make sure we end up with a good total of at least 300 or 400, and then our bowlers can do the job. So it's disappointment for everybody."

Sehwag also revealed that the fan and media reaction might have got to the team. "They should be upset with our performances, and I agree with them," he said. "But this is the time the fans should back the team, back the players. When we won the World Cup everybody was happy, and everybody was cheering for India.

"Now is the time we need the support from fans and everybody. They should back their own team. Which [is what] every media did. Even England media or Australia media or South Africa media, they back their teams. They criticise in such a manner that the player will not go down. They criticise their performances but they don't criticise in such a manner that the team will go down when they read the articles and see the television."

Sehwag said it was unfair to say that the India team didn't care about these defeats. "It's very unfair. Everybody cares about their performance. We are very passionate about the game, and we are passionate about the team. It's a shame if somebody is writing like that, saying like that. If you lose the game, you should go out there and work it out and what went wrong and come back and perform well in next game. We are trying that, but it is not happening. It doesn't mean that we are happy to lose."

Sehwag said there were no technical flaws with the Indian batsmen, who he said were the main reason why India went down. "I don't think technically there is a fault," he said. "Nobody was working on their technical thing because they think they have played enough cricket and they have experience and they can handle. I think they realised they were making mistakes, and they were trying to not make the same mistakes in the next games."

Sehwag accepted responsibility for his failures overseas. He has not scored a century outside the subcontinent in four years. "It's important for an opener to do well overseas, and I haven't done well. So I need to look at myself and make a good plan for the next time I go overseas. That's true."

Sehwag was asked if Indian cricket needed the kind of review Australia went through after their Ashes defeat last year. "We have to look at ourselves. What went wrong with us. And then we have to take a call." When asked what kind of review it should be, Sehwag focussed more on the individual than a systemic overhaul.

"It's an individual thing," he said. "I haven't performed well overseas, I haven't scored a hundred overseas for the last couple of tours. I have to look at myself and see what I need to do when I go to Australia or England or South Africa or New Zealand. It's my personal thing. Nothing related with the team."

The general refrain, though, remained that India didn't need big changes. "Because we were playing the same team in the last couple of years and we became the No. 1 team with the same batting line-up, the same bowling line-up."

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Bruisers on January 31, 2012, 17:40 GMT

    @Faizyy Shaikh - "Lost 3- 1 which could have almost been 2-2" - IFs and COULDs are not acceptable in cricket. Not just cricket, in any sport...

  • on January 31, 2012, 12:20 GMT

    The difference is clear, British captain admitted the mistakes, he did not said anything like that they are still number 1 or they have just white washed India in all formats few months back.

  • passionateindocricfan on January 31, 2012, 7:56 GMT

    Sehwag could have come up with a more graceful statement. India did win 2-0 in India and that too twice (2008 and 2010) but it was a very hard fought win and one of the matches was won by a solitary wicket with Laxman combining well with the lower order and wrenching a victory from the jaws of defeat. The Aussies were beaten both times but had done enough to hold their head high. They lost but were not humiliated. They gave the Indian team a good run for their money and left Indian soil with their dignity intact. The last series in 2010 the Aussies could have looked India in the eye and said that the series could have very easily been 1-1. Can the current Indian team say the same? The Aussies did lose but they FOUGHT and did not indulge in abject surrender. Instead of referring to past victories had Sehwag said that the team will work on their shortcomings and win 4-0 when they tour Aus in 2015-2016, the fans would have felt much better

  • IPLrox on January 30, 2012, 17:59 GMT

    LOOSING 4-0.....LOOSING Hair(again after treatment)...LOOSING mind this time....LOLz "Natural Gamer"...well i also see 4-0 not as 2more matches but as 2-0 TWICE..hahaha...another ROTFL joke waits here..

  • frozeninusa on January 30, 2012, 17:59 GMT

    I have no issues with Sehwag making these statements. I think they need some pride and confidence before going into the limited over matches with Australia. I am sure they are really frustrated with these humiliating defeats in England and Australia. And it was thoroughly embarrassing. I also think some changes are forthcoming. But we can't forget that players like Sachin, Dravid, Sehwag, Laxman, Zaheer, Dhoni have made some great accomplishments and that can't be taken away by this series defeat. I also think that winning in India should be given equal importance for other teams as we do for India to win on the road. England looked world beaters against India but now they are down 2-0 in Dubai. Australia also had some bad losses just prior to this series.

    I do think that the absence of Harbhajan and Yuvraj hurt Indian fighting spririt.

  • InnocentGuy on January 30, 2012, 17:22 GMT

    We'll never learn.

  • AvidCricFan on January 30, 2012, 15:21 GMT

    Shewag should know that the recent domestic win against a much weaker WI team wasn't a dominating win like what the Aussie team did in this series. It speaks of where this make up of the team is heading. Us fans are not so much obsessed with loses, but we upset in the manner of loses. There was simply no performance to talk in batting, bowling and fielding as well as no fight. Even on the batting friendly pitches when the opposition can amass 600 plus scores, the Indian batting struggled to put up 200 plus score.

  • Al_Bundy1 on January 30, 2012, 12:51 GMT

    SHAME, SHAME!! Accept defeat and try to rebuild. Stop making lame excuses.

  • mgondal on January 30, 2012, 12:45 GMT

    My friend Shiva Talwar, before commenting get your facts right. Pakistan did not "fail miserably"against England in 2010 when they also won one match and atleast one other was reasonably competive. Prior to that in England they drew with mighty Australians on a wicket which also helped their bowlers. How come UAE become pakistani "land". The pitch offered same to spinners and batsmen from both clear advantage to Pakistan.DRS was also helpful .Iwonder if India agrees to DRS ,what would be their performance at hope?

  • Nerk on January 30, 2012, 12:24 GMT

    I think things like this highlight the difference between India and the rest of the world. South Africa, England, Australia and Pakistan all say we want to be the best everywhere. India are happy just being the best at home. I thought this attitude had disappeared, particularly given India's strong performances away from home in the mid 2000s, but now... Furthermore, I would like to note that the matches Sehwag alludes to were played against a rather different Australian side, one that was about to be beaten at home 3-1. And even then, the matches were not the one sided affairs seen recently, but quite close. Anyway, India can be happy winning at home. Good on them. But they will never be number one if they cant win away.

  • Bruisers on January 31, 2012, 17:40 GMT

    @Faizyy Shaikh - "Lost 3- 1 which could have almost been 2-2" - IFs and COULDs are not acceptable in cricket. Not just cricket, in any sport...

  • on January 31, 2012, 12:20 GMT

    The difference is clear, British captain admitted the mistakes, he did not said anything like that they are still number 1 or they have just white washed India in all formats few months back.

  • passionateindocricfan on January 31, 2012, 7:56 GMT

    Sehwag could have come up with a more graceful statement. India did win 2-0 in India and that too twice (2008 and 2010) but it was a very hard fought win and one of the matches was won by a solitary wicket with Laxman combining well with the lower order and wrenching a victory from the jaws of defeat. The Aussies were beaten both times but had done enough to hold their head high. They lost but were not humiliated. They gave the Indian team a good run for their money and left Indian soil with their dignity intact. The last series in 2010 the Aussies could have looked India in the eye and said that the series could have very easily been 1-1. Can the current Indian team say the same? The Aussies did lose but they FOUGHT and did not indulge in abject surrender. Instead of referring to past victories had Sehwag said that the team will work on their shortcomings and win 4-0 when they tour Aus in 2015-2016, the fans would have felt much better

  • IPLrox on January 30, 2012, 17:59 GMT

    LOOSING 4-0.....LOOSING Hair(again after treatment)...LOOSING mind this time....LOLz "Natural Gamer"...well i also see 4-0 not as 2more matches but as 2-0 TWICE..hahaha...another ROTFL joke waits here..

  • frozeninusa on January 30, 2012, 17:59 GMT

    I have no issues with Sehwag making these statements. I think they need some pride and confidence before going into the limited over matches with Australia. I am sure they are really frustrated with these humiliating defeats in England and Australia. And it was thoroughly embarrassing. I also think some changes are forthcoming. But we can't forget that players like Sachin, Dravid, Sehwag, Laxman, Zaheer, Dhoni have made some great accomplishments and that can't be taken away by this series defeat. I also think that winning in India should be given equal importance for other teams as we do for India to win on the road. England looked world beaters against India but now they are down 2-0 in Dubai. Australia also had some bad losses just prior to this series.

    I do think that the absence of Harbhajan and Yuvraj hurt Indian fighting spririt.

  • InnocentGuy on January 30, 2012, 17:22 GMT

    We'll never learn.

  • AvidCricFan on January 30, 2012, 15:21 GMT

    Shewag should know that the recent domestic win against a much weaker WI team wasn't a dominating win like what the Aussie team did in this series. It speaks of where this make up of the team is heading. Us fans are not so much obsessed with loses, but we upset in the manner of loses. There was simply no performance to talk in batting, bowling and fielding as well as no fight. Even on the batting friendly pitches when the opposition can amass 600 plus scores, the Indian batting struggled to put up 200 plus score.

  • Al_Bundy1 on January 30, 2012, 12:51 GMT

    SHAME, SHAME!! Accept defeat and try to rebuild. Stop making lame excuses.

  • mgondal on January 30, 2012, 12:45 GMT

    My friend Shiva Talwar, before commenting get your facts right. Pakistan did not "fail miserably"against England in 2010 when they also won one match and atleast one other was reasonably competive. Prior to that in England they drew with mighty Australians on a wicket which also helped their bowlers. How come UAE become pakistani "land". The pitch offered same to spinners and batsmen from both clear advantage to Pakistan.DRS was also helpful .Iwonder if India agrees to DRS ,what would be their performance at hope?

  • Nerk on January 30, 2012, 12:24 GMT

    I think things like this highlight the difference between India and the rest of the world. South Africa, England, Australia and Pakistan all say we want to be the best everywhere. India are happy just being the best at home. I thought this attitude had disappeared, particularly given India's strong performances away from home in the mid 2000s, but now... Furthermore, I would like to note that the matches Sehwag alludes to were played against a rather different Australian side, one that was about to be beaten at home 3-1. And even then, the matches were not the one sided affairs seen recently, but quite close. Anyway, India can be happy winning at home. Good on them. But they will never be number one if they cant win away.

  • on January 30, 2012, 9:15 GMT

    @ Shiva....UAE is not Pakistan's land....and Pak didnt fail miserably in england so to speak....Pak tour of england apart from Spot fixing saga was highly competitive, Lost 3- 1 which could have almost been 2-2 and the one day series was one of the best series u would ever see...............As for Sehwag's comments, one should try to acknowledge the mistakes and rectify them instead of putting a deaf ear........Attitude for nothing is pathetically childish....!!!

  • Gupta.Ankur on January 30, 2012, 8:32 GMT

    If winning at home is not important and so easy then why did SA not win a home series from 2008 till recent series against SL?

    If winning at home is taken for granted then why we have England and now Aussies beating their chest and taunting us for poor performances?

  • DINESHCC on January 30, 2012, 7:28 GMT

    I do not know why our fans are crying. Now it is time for IPL auction. Our players will concentrate on money spinning. In one or two IPL matches, Yusuf Pathan, Paul Valtathy, S.K.Yadav, B.Chilpi, A.Maneria will score centuries and the whole media and our fans will come to a conclusion that they are our future stars. This is what happening in India since 2008 (i.e.) after the retirement of Ganguly.

  • on January 30, 2012, 6:49 GMT

    I would like to understand what Viru is trying to prove by such absurd comments.Does he mean that if Aussies lose overseas, Indian team shouldn't be questioned?

    According to Viru "India won 2-0 when Aussies toured India last time" and fact of the matter is no one can deny these numbers. However what Mr. Viru doesn't remember is that we know how hard India had to try to achieve that victory.

    India almost lost test match in Mohali and It was Laxman's incredible inning that rescued India. Aussies batsmen scored 2 centuries in 2 test matches and they never looked helpless like indian batters in last 4 test matches. Australia scored 400+ twice in that series whereas Indian team could only do it once (in second inning of Sydney test).

    Last advice to Mr. Viru that We accept that numbers don't lie but they don't give you clear picture as well. You tried your best to prove that Aussies had similar problem in their last tour India but Indian fans don't have as bad memories as you think.

  • Rogerfedrer on January 30, 2012, 6:39 GMT

    hahahahhahahha I remeber giving these argument after loss when i was a kid :D Grow up sehwag

  • Rogerfedrer on January 30, 2012, 6:35 GMT

    hahahhahahahaha i remeber giving same arguments when i was a kid :D Grow up sehwag

  • squarepeg on January 30, 2012, 5:14 GMT

    Poor Mr. Sehwag. Did India beat Australia by innings or 300 runs? Did matches end by the third day? Playing away from body, using wrists and "strong forearms" like MSD will work only on dead pitches. India's performance in the West Indies itself should have warned India about the brewing trouble when India could not bowl out the WI tail cheaply. The dismissals of most of the leading batsmen showed that their bodies are not in synch with their minds. It's not just the batting. Indian bowling is just not test class. How many of India's bowlers will get into the Australian, English, South African or Pakistani playing XI?

  • joseyesu on January 30, 2012, 4:35 GMT

    Boss, disheartening and we cannot support this. Like politics, failed to do anything in 5 years and saying at the election that we can do wonders. And failing like this, you still be adamant in not retiring gracefully, then BCCI has to drop you out of the team.

  • Gsankarasubbu on January 30, 2012, 4:07 GMT

    Shewag what challenges/situations you want to prove your capacity. Don't you guys know that we will be playing 4 mathches series in australia and we have gone there to win the series, that is what you guys were saying, to lose this badly you don't need to practice this long. If you guys are really good you would have recovered atleast when 3-0 down. You guys really don't know your potential and have either. It's not ur fault it's all our fate to have you guys represent india

  • on January 30, 2012, 3:52 GMT

    He is the most irresponsible batsmen that Indian cricket has ever seen....throwing away his wicket owing to his own personal stakes....before phasing out the seniors, he should be the first one to go......his continuing as a opener shows a serious lack of option for the opener slot

  • 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, 3:08 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, 2:50 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, 2:50 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, 2:50 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, 2:49 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, 2:49 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, 2:48 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.

  • BeatTheChamps on January 30, 2012, 2:27 GMT

    By making such comments, these respectable players are fast becoming a laughing stock for the media and the average cricket fan. It's all right when the results are not there but the attitude is right...but the attitude of this Indian team sucks! (from a die hard Indian cricket fan who woke up at 5AM every morning during the tests and made to look like a fool by the pathetic displays of this team. Thank god I could catch up on some sleep on 4th and 5th days of the matches)

  • on January 30, 2012, 1:58 GMT

    Shewaq time is not good for us????.No my dear . we should agree that pitch condition & opponent team's bowling makes very difficult for us to score. There is no point of putting the blame on time.We played poor cricket & we got the bad result.

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

    You can't call a 2-0 result a whitewash, especially when the first win was by one wicket, by virtue of a home-town umpiring call. Still, keep on deluding yourself, it'll just make India's fall all the harder, and it couldn't have happened to a nicer team.

  • Sports4Youth on January 30, 2012, 1:42 GMT

    Yes we won 2-0 when Aus came to India last year, But just look at the Margins of our DEFEAT. The difference lies in the Margin. Also Aus did not loose 8 matches in a row. Moreover, their primary bowlers were injured and they had to do with one fresh P.R.George.

  • gibbons on January 29, 2012, 23:53 GMT

    There's no denying that there is a lot of sheer talent in the Indian lineup, but I can't help think that the attitude of 'look what we've done in the past' isn't helping at all. For Sehwag to say that the results were coming in 07 to 09 is just a waste of time - to put it in other terms, what's Australia's Ashes whitewash in '07 worth in the face of two subsequent pastings? And how does a past win at home put a good face on an overseas thumping? I don't understand the mentality.

    I don't suggest that the Indian side should be indulging in self-loathing and apologies, but to say that there's nothing wrong after that series result and point to a past victory, for my money, is just another way of saying 'I have no idea how to change things.'

    Which, incidentally, is what his batting at times suggested.

  • on January 29, 2012, 23:05 GMT

    Australias first series under clarke was against sri lanka, and australia won the series 1-0 even though realistically it should of been 2-1 but australia can win on the sub continent. In our years of dominance we finally won a series in india, which australia laid to claim rightfully they had won against every test nation home and away. India under gary kirsten had figbt, took it to sa in sa but winning the world cup is the worst thing for india, as it seems they dont have anything to aspire to. Australia may head to india and lose the ne, t series, but at least there will be fight, and you can guarantee australia will be in winning positions.

  • Mitcher on January 29, 2012, 23:02 GMT

    @SAJIL_KERALA: I'm really not 100% sure if you were being ironic or not. But if the list of India's achievements over more than two decades involves beating Bangladesh, then I think it proves the criticism.

  • Mitcher on January 29, 2012, 22:46 GMT

    If India are so good on turning tracks and Australia are so hopeless, why does Australia's record in Sri Lanka in the past decade make India's own record in that country look like that of a schoolboy side?

  • on January 29, 2012, 20:57 GMT

    india proved agai they cnt wineven single match in overseas.....sehwag's comment was lyk a school boy..this is nt da way he is anwering same lyk diz situation n proving unable 2 lead india in future better rahul,laxman,sachin shud hav to remove frm da team and need 2 giv way 4 new comers..

  • Imad_K on January 29, 2012, 19:57 GMT

    To continue. The real test was against England who had a much better bowling attack than Aus. Aus didn't even have their main 3/4 bowlers playing and still managed to thrash India. All these so called experts, statistics, excuses, living in denial needs to stop. To sum up India is really to see how Gambhir & co played against the short quick balls-the Siddle wicket in this test was a prime example. I hardly even watch India play but since the T20WC in Eng when they got exposed against the short ball on bouncy tracks it was obvious they would lose. The Indian experts and fans should stop looking at other teams - Aus themselves would admit they have a weak team with 2/3 reliable batsmen and bowlers being injured, Eng would themselves admit yes they are struggling against spin etc. Indian batsmen need to learn to hook/pull and not be terrified of the short bowling. India keep quoting their wins but which team ranked No1/2 has been thrashed like India no matter where they have played?

  • Imad_K on January 29, 2012, 19:46 GMT

    What a load of rubbish and India with their fans keep living in denial. I'm no expert nor pyschic but before both the series against Eng and Aus I predicted India have no chance of winning. Even I didn't predict that India would get thrashed 4-0. Before the Eng series I said - India would be lucky to pass 275 in any innings, they don't have the bowling to get Eng out twice, their best hope is to draw a match if Dravid/Tendulkar score big, that even if Shewag plays he won't do anything. Even before the Aus series I posted many comments on Cricinfo that India have no chance despite Aus having a weak team. People like Shewag can only bat in the subcontinent. If he does manage to score 40 it's normally after having about 5 chances. The problem with India is a weak bowling attack but if anyone knows about cricket or has played cricket it's obvious. India are getting thrashed because they can't bat on bouncy wickets against good quality bowling.

  • on January 29, 2012, 19:39 GMT

    Shewag Says"The time is not good for Indian team, for individuals, so maybe that's why we are not scoring runs." Maybe hereafter before the start of the series BCCI should consult an astroleger to know whether time is right.... What Kind of Lame excuse is this

  • on January 29, 2012, 19:37 GMT

    @ shiva talwar Whoa mate..average pakistan team ??just because she is ranked at no 6 ?..well if u believe in ranking so much than how come the number one side in world cricket finding herself in dire straits at UAE and not PAKISTAN..Remember we have deprived of the home advantage fr the last 4 years !!!..And trust me mate those pitches that we are currently playing took away the minimum advantage that we might had on home turfs. For example really slow outfields plus ball doesn t come onto the bat like it shud .And its not a dead flatter as it is india .its proper cricket wicket with even bounce and some support fr faster bowlers too .thats why broad got those wicket on moving balls because the pitch did offer him some help and u need to correct your facts as pakistan lost badly in england 2010.We drew the series with australia , won a match against england before getting caught in the controversies and then levelled the odi series after beig 2-0 in the series.Thats not like india :)

  • johnathonjosephs on January 29, 2012, 19:33 GMT

    LOL at Sehwag. Comparing a 8-0 whitewash (consisting of innings wins of 150+ run wins) to a close 2-0 match series in which one game was won by once wicket and the other went to last session of 5th day. What a joke?

  • cricodile on January 29, 2012, 19:27 GMT

    Sehwag is really dumb. Need to live in presence. 2-0 win in past does not help today. Sehwag and others are acting as if they are playing for NOT-FOR-PROFIT organization. No wonder team is turning away the fans. Sehwag, Tendulkar, Dravid, VVS need to go. Gambhir, Dhoni, Zaheer Khan needs to be dropped. As a die hard fan I am ready to bear losses for next 2 years.......but not like this.

  • Sageleaf on January 29, 2012, 19:23 GMT

    Sure everyone is good on their own back yard except Australia. Just look what happened to England...no1 test team going down badly to Pakistan in a neutral venue. So may be Pakistan is a better side right now.

  • Hussain_KSA on January 29, 2012, 18:33 GMT

    @Mr. Shiva; look at your comments; really I am so sorry to write this; Pakistan did won two test in england in 2010; one against Aus. and other against England. but india failed to win any match in their tour of England inculding ODIs; It is because Pakistani Bowlers are the Best; and if in any match their batting support them; they sneak that match; no matter where it is playing!! But India doesn't have good bowling all the time!

  • on January 29, 2012, 17:12 GMT

    @Donda, you cannot say Pakistan was playing at home. Correct your records, the series was played at a neutral venue and not on home ground. And yes Pakistan usually play well when they visit and under perssure on home grounds. So better face it that Indian team is declining.

  • californian on January 29, 2012, 16:38 GMT

    The same Indian team given a good one month break from cricket will become world beaters again. The cause of the poor showing is due to too much cricket played in a short time frame. And the additional cricket played in the Indian IPL, Is the main cause for the Indian team performing poorly at a national level. The IPL. Is a mental and physical drainer and played over 3 weeks, Results in draining the physical/mental fitness of the players, which is quite the opposite required for a tour of Australia or South Africa. It also alters the batting and bowling styles and affects the batsman more with shot selection during a test match. Especially on fast bouncy pitches. The players and officials will not admit because of the money. The good performances are in patches but not consistent, if not it's poor. Consistency requires the players to be mentally and physically fit when selected to play.The solution is not about dropping the players and selectors but scrapping IPL.

  • Vijay_R1965 on January 29, 2012, 16:20 GMT

    Scary how a player who's played international sports for 10 years, and captained his country can be this dumb. Viru, you are right that Aussies lost 2-0 in India, but before that they ruled the world for 15 years bud. They demolished India the previous series in 2004. And the one prior to that, 2001, it took THAT innings from VVS and Dravid to turn things around after being 0-1 down and following on the 2nd test. Your point would be valid if you had won Melbourne test in the current series and you were cruising to victory in Sydney before Clarke and Ponting built that partnership to turn things around.

    So, bottom line - till you win a few series (SERIES, not occasional dead-rubber tests or one-off victories that's more to do with the opponents' complacency than your brilliance, I'd keep my mouth shut and concentrate on improving myself, if it's possible at all.

  • on January 29, 2012, 16:20 GMT

    If BCCI cannot do anything to help test cricket, at least they can force the players to shut it and loose with Dignity

  • on January 29, 2012, 16:15 GMT

    India have not win a series outside subcontinent for 20 years because all these super stars can only score on flat tracks. They are not skilled or talented, they just know how to score on flat pitches and make big bucks. Stop giving excuses Sehwag and if you really have a strong team then win a series outside subcontinent for a change rather than bringing home records

  • on January 29, 2012, 16:04 GMT

    my dear Sehwag.......join politics....your comments seem to be like from a are unfit lead Indian cricket team...even unfit be a team member of national sports team.....don't people....failed to beat lowly ranked and depleted WI team by 3-0 in home series...

  • CricketWalia on January 29, 2012, 15:30 GMT

    It is disheartening to see a senior player like Sehwag still denying that something is wrong. Fans are not just upset that we lost eight in a row but also in the manner that we lost. There was no fight once the opposing team started to build partnership, there was no fight once couple of our key batsmen got out and there was just no creative leadership that Dhoni was known for as a young captain. I clearly remember that back in the day Dhoni had stated after a loss "If we keep playing with the same combination then we will keep getting the same results". In Australia we kept persisting with the same combination even when we kept losing again and again. I thoroughly enjoy watching Sehwag play in India but he is definitely not a leader or a captain. A captain has to be visionary and make tough calls and Sehwag seems to be capable of neither. India needs to invest in the next generation of cricketers now as we have the luxury of 2 years before going overseas for a test series.

  • AnsCric on January 29, 2012, 14:34 GMT

    Another Poor Statement !!!


    It is not about winning the series only at home....Even though u claim u r strong in home....answer the below...

    How many times India defeated Australia with innings defeat or 200 + margin ??

    How many times Australia scored less than 200 ?

    we are not expecting you to go and win 4-0 in Australia,England & South least to have some centuries from our top order and some 5-wicket haul by our prime bowlers...

    Look at Sourav Ganguly record....he never won a series abroad...

    But there was a fight...counter attack.....some great centuries by Fab 4....some great bowling by Kumble/Zak/Agarkar/Harbhajan......

    So learn do that in stead of making such statements.....

    We want our team to show fight not surrender....

    All the best ...

  • on January 29, 2012, 14:02 GMT

    Not just India, but the world cricket is suffering right now. india whitewashed to england, australia in their land. england was whitewashed in India ODI series. australia was whitewashed 2-0 9n 2010. england is facing trouble and is on the verge pf being whitewashed against average No. 6 ranked Pakistan on their land. Pakistan failed miserably in 2010 tests in england. on an average, every country plays with another in the latter's home every four years. they are not used to the conditions there. hance, it is often said that everyone is lion at home. ICC should encourage more foreign visits to ensure one sided dreadful matches in the future (probably a short series after every 1 and a half yrs instead of long 3 month series once in 4 yrs). for ex: Australia came to india in 2007 for ODIs. they came back in 2008 for tests. again in 2009 for ODIs and in 2010 for 2 tests and 3 this way they were more known to subcontinent pitches and were able to put up a fight.

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

    Yes Sehwag, I agree, we won 2-0, Laxman score 281, Kumble took 10 wickets in single innings, Kapil Dev too 432 wickets, Chethan sharma score a hatrick in 1987 world cup, We defeated Bangladesh twice in their home country by more than innings, we won world cup twice, we won, 20-20 cup, CSK won champions league, Sachin scored 99 centuries, Sachin appeared more than 150 test matches, Saching score maximum fifities in ODI, Dravid took maximum number of catches in test matches, Sachin maximum number of sixes in ODI, Sachin scored maximum number of singles in both ODI and test matches, Sachin plyed maximum dot balls in ODI, and so on...

  • on January 29, 2012, 13:49 GMT

    Hahahahahahaa...well said Mr. Sehwag

  • stark-truth on January 29, 2012, 13:18 GMT

    It has been a rather prolonged and monumental humiliating disaster for India. What is most striking is the huge margins of defeats and visible lack of grit and fight to show pride in playing for a billion people. It is evident too much is taken for granted by many in the Indian team. Gambhir's awful utterance about the "right" of Laxman to call it quits whenever he deems, is a damning indictment on the arrogant psyches of some of these players - selfish psyches that obviously feel little remorse for the widespread anguish they have caused, and for the pall of gloom that engulfs Indian cricket followers.

  • on January 29, 2012, 13:16 GMT

    The fact of the matter is Mr. Sehwag are shameless...How could u think of going to next overseas tour... selectors should show you the door! ur technique is pathetic ..test match is not about hitting 4 or 6's ..its about about tiring down the opponent bowlers , play with their patience .. which u couldn't. U are just jealous of Dhoni & wants captaincy.. but u r not as half as talented as he his in captaincy skills.You Lost to Aus(4rth Test) on a batting track..Dhoni lost on seaming , swinging , pacy , bouncy tracks. U don't even have that excuse. ? India on an average was playing with 2 in-form bowlers(Zaheer & Yadav) & 2 average batsmen ( Sachin & one random) through out the series. Wheras Aus was playing with 3 inform bowlers + 4 inform batsmen + a contributing tail. This made the whole difference. Sehwag , sachin , dravid , laxman , gambhir ..all sould be booted out of next home series in India. Isanth should be dropped.

  • on January 29, 2012, 12:58 GMT

    With this kind of attitude India will never improve its weaknesses. "I don't think technically there is a fault,"....lmao....what about Dravid getting bowled all the time or Gambhir always either edging outside off or being bounced out or Dhoni's weakness outside off stump or Sehwag unable to contend with extra bounce??? If these are not technical faults then what exactly would you call them Viru??? Bad luck?? Lol...the first step to improving yourself is to accept that there is a problem, if this does not happen then India will continue to be humiliated outside the sub continent!!

  • jacknathan on January 29, 2012, 12:26 GMT

    On the point of the fans supporting the team in times of distress - the Indian team is perhaps the most supported team in any team-sport in the world. Their fan-base goes well outside India too, with millions of Indian immigrants all the over the world turning up in large numbers to support them. However, unlike other teams, the Indian team puts itself so far away from their fans, out of security concerns or plain snobbery. When I took my excited 6-year old to Northampton last year to watch the Indians play(and lose!), there were hordes of Indian supporters waiting for the team bus hoping for an autograph, a photo , a handshake or even just a wave. Only 2-3 players out of the 15 odd players could bring themselves to turn around and smile or wave. You can easily under the fans frustration - not only are they giving their time to support team India, they are partaking of their hard earned cash to watch and support their team in a foreign country. "Our time is not right" aint good enough

  • kaushal25 on January 29, 2012, 11:55 GMT

    I dont think team changes would have made any difference. There is no doubt we had the strongest team possible. The board needs to look a the big picture here. Pitch - We play so much at home, batsmen are not accustomed to the bouce and swing they face in England an Australia solution - Develop fast bowler friendly pitches in India. Send youngsters overseas to play county and Shield cricket

    Inconsistency in fast blowers - our fast bowlers are used to toiling around in heat. In India they are used for the first 10 overs and when the ball reverses. There is no focus on their fitness. The lack of consistency is again down to fitness Solution - Improve fitness of the fast bowlers. Distribute their workload so that bowlers like Ishant and Irfan dont lose their pace at a young age.

    Mental strength - This factor is not dependent on talent, physical strenth, or pitch. It comes from within. Solution: Make the players enjoy their win and be relentless at the opponents. Fighting sprit

  • praveenchopra on January 29, 2012, 11:53 GMT

    people stop talk non sense,sehwag recently scored a double hundred in an odi,he just failed in australia because of pace and bounce of aussies,but he will come back to form ,we love to see big 5 to continue more,no one can replace them,who can match their record?its utterly rubbish pujara or rohit are better,dhoni is the best captain i have seen and he just won the world cup,we must back him not critize

  • Abhimanyu on January 29, 2012, 10:56 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!

  • micky123 on January 29, 2012, 10:02 GMT

    I believe we need a system where the players are penalised for their failures, a failure here and there can be tolerated, but not consistent failure, if these guys were working at a corporate they all would have been fired by now! Penalise them in terms of money... oh wait... they will make more money by doing ads!! Instead, ban them from playing the IPL, that should get their heads back into playing for india, after all, they will not get the big bucks in the IPL if they are stopped from playing the IPL!

  • U.A.1985 on January 29, 2012, 9:40 GMT

    Would love to ask Sehwag whether India would have won the world cup if it were held outide the sub continent?

  • on January 29, 2012, 9:38 GMT

    But u lost 4-0 twice

  • yorkslanka on January 29, 2012, 9:31 GMT

    Don't worry Indian fans,your team will come good again, cricket is a cyclical process and all teams go through it..we have to admit,it's not easy for Asian teams to play on fast bouncy wickets- just as its not easy for non Asian teams to play on spinning should have many talented players avail in your huge population so it will improve in the future..

  • on January 29, 2012, 9:05 GMT

    India is very very very weak playing anywhere out of India, we all know that. They only were used to be seen as a good team because they played lots of cricket in India, played WORLD CUP in India, but cannot play anywhere other than their own soil. PAKISTAN HAVE NEVER PLAYED AT HOME (PAKISTAN) IN THE LAST 3 YEARS BUT YET FIGHT AGAINST BIG TEAMS AT NEUTRAL VENUE OR AWAY AND WIN, INDIA ARE OVERRATED

  • FaisalSaudagar on January 29, 2012, 8:55 GMT

    At least both of those test matches were not one sided!!

  • mmeeran on January 29, 2012, 8:47 GMT

    Virendar Sehwag! Those were past days, winning a series long back and reminding for every question you face in the media? You cannot fight with Kangaroos at home, Shame for your team only one century (that too from Kohli) in 8 innings. You are Lions only @ home, overseas your team record very much poor as compared to other teams. Sooner you will see your team at the bottom most behind Bangaldesh and Zimbabwe position.

    See Ricky Ponting, how he is performing at this age also he is not participating in any T20 formats to run behind money. National Duty First!!!!

  • on January 29, 2012, 7:54 GMT

    Shameful remarks from sehwag! all other teams losing away test series atleast show some resistance rather than lying flat and lacking any sort of spark like india did.. we saw pakistan losing 3-0 away to australia but they had their moments and their body language showed that they were trying and wanted to win rather than losing before playing!

  • hnlns on January 29, 2012, 7:40 GMT

    Why can't he admit that they started to fall from day 3 in Melbourne where they started in a position of big advantage but gave up all of that within no time. If they cannot play well on surfaces like Sydney and Adelaide which are most Indian-like pitches, they cannot give excuses like "we won 2-0 at home." They should have won in Sydney and Adelaide, which have been very lucky to them in recent times. Even Perth was favorable to them the last time and it did not have any kind of extraordinary venom in it this time also, so no point saying Aussie pitches were alien to them. It is sheer incompetence and indiscipline that has crept into the senior players, together with lack of desire or motivation to do well.

  • India1231 on January 29, 2012, 7:34 GMT

    I respect you lot but not happy with your comment

    Sehwag don't forget AUS just lost in INDIA (2-0)...Here AUS gave nice FIGHT

    BUT India lost BADLY in 2.5 days, 3 days in tests....

    Understand difference between LOOSING and LOOSING VERY BADLY

    Hence you cannot speak like "We also won 2-0 in India"

    You can blame management for improper schedule of test matches and other T20 you play. I know you are brave enough to attack

    Again i respect you. Please blame on root reason and not 2-0 etc

  • Dhanavignesh on January 29, 2012, 7:33 GMT

    Yes SEHWAG we r here, We understand your situation. There is time to pull back the test cricket in our way. Relax and concentrate on the rest of the matches in AUS. I hope you guys will show some magical performance in fore-comming 20 and 50 over matches in AUS. CHEERS!

  • Drew12 on January 29, 2012, 7:31 GMT

    @SnowSnake while there is a certain truth in that Australia will not have the batting depth without Ponting and Hussey, we have been recovering throughout the last 6 years since the retirements of basically an entire team: Langer, Hayden, Martyn, Gilchrist, McGill, Warne, McGrath, Bracken, Lee, Hogg. Sorry if I missed anybody substantial - no, Hodge does not qualify. This is a team already showing signs that the rebuilding phase is over, while India is a team that seems to want to avoid rebuilding altogether. They strike me as a country that needs naturally gifted individuals to succeed rather than a country that can build a great team that will push their individual players to greatness. India wait for their time to come, Australia and SA (also, to a lesser extent, NZ) create their own legacy.

  • on January 29, 2012, 7:21 GMT

    I don't think India deserves Test status, India is still a minnow just like Bangladesh, playing test cricket for 100+ years yet playing like Kenya abroad, no offense Kenya, I bet even Odoyo would have batted than Tendulkar.

  • on January 29, 2012, 7:13 GMT

    Whatever has happened. Sehwag, Tendulkar, Dravid and Laksman are National treasures of India. They have brought a lot of pleasure to You guys and Pride. I do naot think they can be replaced for a long time. Treat them with respect and let them go gracefully, when they think they should go. Once they are not in the Indian team everybody will feel the Vacum.

  • ashiitr on January 29, 2012, 7:10 GMT

    But I think its not a new for us, Indian fans. I have hardly seen an Indian team fighting in the ground. If conditions are favorable, our batsmen break all the records and if conditions are not in our favor then they also break all the records, but in another way. But they rarely try to fight.

  • Sam_k14 on January 29, 2012, 7:08 GMT

    Sehwag, you are correct. Your team can ONLY play in India. You are World champions ONLY in India. just accept the fact that you are useless outside the subcontinent. We as cricket fans feel short changed by having below average less tha ordinary teams touring Australia. We are not here to listen to excuses. we are here to see cicket and that is what exactly we have been deprived of. Do us a favour. Please dont bring Indian cricket to Australia again. Hope Indian authorities see this post. Indian team is a farce, so is Indian cricket. Comments like Sehwag's is amusing and that ends there.

  • praveenchopra on January 29, 2012, 6:48 GMT

    we must back our team,its not their fault we lost because aussies prepaired pacy bouncy wickets,we won the world cup under captain cool dhoni,no one can beat us in sub continent

  • asif.pavel on January 29, 2012, 6:21 GMT

    Shame for the WORLD CHAMP!! When you are titled the crown, it means you have ton bark outside your also. Pathetic India!!

  • SLMaster on January 29, 2012, 5:55 GMT

    See who are the Flat Track Bullies (FTBs)....Indian's not Sri Lankans. Shewag did not score a century for four years ... my goodness. All Sri Lankan batsmen scored centuries out side of Sri Lanka last year.

  • Rumy1 on January 29, 2012, 5:47 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, 5:47 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

  • rhtdm302 on January 29, 2012, 5:39 GMT

    Nobody from even India expects India to win overseas, conditions are simply too different, and i must say India were really unlucky, All we ask is just put up a good fight!

  • on January 29, 2012, 5:35 GMT

    Truly it is very shameful to think India losing so badly in the recent match against australia thus registering a 4-0 white wash against a mediocre australian team. Sehwag above comments are not acceptable and is only a lame excuse.all the so called top indian players have all failed at the same time implies that they cannot play against pressure and need a lot of counselling. Indian board should sack all these players and look forward to younger blood.

  • birkat on January 29, 2012, 5:12 GMT

    The real Flat Track Bully... at least he is admitting the truth: That India can only do well at home. Now BCCI will schedule all their matches at Home so that India can become no. 1 again... ha ha ha... At least then Sachin can score his long awaited 100.

  • on January 29, 2012, 4:57 GMT

    For me Sehwag is the main culprit, scorining once in many matches is not enough its not brilliance but chance...we need to stop selecting Sehwag, Laxman and dhoni immediately and bring in fresh talent...

  • ranjitpp on January 29, 2012, 4:56 GMT

    these players are really childish..(or just acting to fool the public?). They do not accept the not want to investigate where they went wrong..instead simply acting like any child to be happy talking about how they performed in India! Some players are challenging the Aussies ..''come to India and we will show you". This is ridiculous..Accept the defeat and respect the opposition..bow your head when not try to keep it high..then only you guys can perform improve.

  • on January 29, 2012, 4:44 GMT

    first sand old guys like sachin,dravid,laxman and bring young guys like kohli after that stop IPL, if do so india can come number one again.

  • explorer76 on January 29, 2012, 4:31 GMT

    Honestly I wish that India get thrashed in their next home series to stop this continuous harping about "other teams losing in india". Sure all teams perform best at their home conditions but good teams also play competitive cricket abroad. Even if they loose they do that after a good fight. Instead of concentrating on the "conditions" it would be much better for india to think about what went wrong and how to get back on track.

  • peteurite on January 29, 2012, 4:21 GMT

    Why not prepare 2 special teams ,one to play at home and one to play abroad?That way more players get chance to show their talent,selectors get more players to choose from. Also keep rotating more newer players and seniors.just to think about. Should we get new coach ,,......may be....fielding coach.......??

  • Chris_P on January 29, 2012, 3:41 GMT

    Viu, you have insulted so many of your countrymen with that comment. Surely you must have been reading the BCCI statement, please say you were. Agree with Meety, no one & I mean no one is more savage to their teams than the English media.They are lethal, even I feel sorry for the Poms for having to get that kind of garbage hurled at them.

  • VIVz_forearm on January 29, 2012, 3:15 GMT

    Sehwag, you must think others are mush...time will surly change, india plays next 2 years mostly @ home....thats how they got to number one in the first place in case you were never tld!!! slow track bullies just like your pombuddies who are kings @ home and nothing abroad...

  • on January 29, 2012, 2:50 GMT

    Stop living in the past guys ! We want to hear what is being done for the future...we will see shame being heaped on the nation series after series. Major revamps required...selection committee, team, team management, coach....the current set is just not delivering. There was no strategy, no least let us have a good review process and let us not be obligated to some great cricketer who are a part of the current squad...let us find out how we will resurrect Indian Test will we win test matches in England, Australia, South Africa ?

  • on January 29, 2012, 2:40 GMT

    At donda- pakistan is not playing at home. However I think India needs to bring new players into the side. 4 players over age 33 and 2 players over age 37. India has legends but it's time to hang it up for them. Back in 04 these same guys gave a dominating performance against the most powerfull Australian team. Drew the test series against the likes of Shane warn, Brett lee and gleen McGraw.

  • prime.lens on January 29, 2012, 2:23 GMT

    'We also won 2-0' - yes, but does Sehwag remember how hard fought the second match was when Laxman had to produce a literal miracle to win the match. Did Australia turn up and play dead or fall to placid innings defeats like India did? It's not the loss - it's the manner of the defeat and the vanity and denial that seems to be rampant in the Indian team.

    And while Sehwag is looking at our home record, Australia and South Africa have beaten India in India within the last fifteen years. India has NEVER won a series in those countries. So Sehwag should shut up and admit that this time they just weren't anywhere near good enough. Seriously, this pathetic stream of vain excuses coming from the Indian team has soured these last 8 defeats even more, if that were possible.

  • on January 29, 2012, 2:22 GMT

    sehwag is right...when visiting teams lose in india, why are they not said as bad travellers..and even india have won overseas test matches..yes..they must play more matches out now

  • kaasu on January 29, 2012, 1:12 GMT

    What a nut job - please retire respectfully with dignity - give way to younger players.

  • Ameega on January 29, 2012, 0:57 GMT

    Here is a cric stat! This is the record highest difference between TALKING and DOING of cricket history, by any player, by any team, against any team! Just passing the previous record by Gambir, established a week or so ago.

  • RohCricket on January 29, 2012, 0:20 GMT

    sehwag forgets australia actually put up a fight in those two tests. they weren't smashed and outright outplayed like the indians were.

  • mensan on January 29, 2012, 0:04 GMT

    IPL money (and not the IPL in cricketing sense) has ruined india's test cricket.

  • Venkat_Super_11 on January 28, 2012, 23:27 GMT

    Sehwag is absolutely right. What's wrong in him saying that? Indian cricket is always under attack when we lose. Why not we support Circket India NOW than any other time when they are at low spirits? It's the same bunch that won the world cup for us few months back. It's very unfortunate to see the Indian media abuse the Indian team when all that they need is true support. I'll tell you one simple difference but how it matters. India lost 0-4. And Indian media is spitting at our players. At the same time, England lost 2-0 to Pakistan and also in a shameful fashion 72 all out. But...BUT...BUT English media points out the mistakes but does not write them off. This is what George Dobell has to say "England were beaten. But so was Muhammad Ali. The true measure of champions is how they respond to such setbacks. The challenge starts now for England. "

    And this clearly is the difference between being sportive and fanatic. Don't we know about the Indian media and critics??

  • Desisd on January 28, 2012, 22:17 GMT

    Change complete coaching staff and Make Kumble as National team coach. Mr. Sehwag if you are not we are really ashamed of our cricket team. show Viru doors of first class cricket and Elder cricket citizens should retire voluntarily.

  • Sanj747 on January 28, 2012, 22:03 GMT

    A total lack of pride. Just arrogance. Unfortunately there is nothing to be arrogant to about as this side is pathetic and some of the men around it are making it a team with no respect for themselves and the game.

  • Rooboy on January 28, 2012, 22:01 GMT

    Wow. Just wow. India were the significantly better team when Aus last played them in India, but at least Aus were competitive. Aus should have actually won one of the tests but just couldn't finish the job. Ok they didn't but they were in a winning position and put up a fight. This performance from India has shown a complete lack of fight. But I like hearing these comments from Viru and others ... if this is an indication of the Indian team and management's thought processes, then their decline is only just beginning

  • on January 28, 2012, 21:54 GMT

    if they all care so much about their performance then why are viru and zaheer zhan batting as though it's park cricket and they need to get home for dinner as soon as possible? they don't look like they want to be out there for very long at all.

    maybe it's just the overall effect that IPL is having on their mindsets - it wouldn't be logical to assume that they can self-reflect and realise this by themselves, as viru has suggested they do.. india needs an independent inquiry into the state of test cricket, and for unbiased people to identify how to overcome whatever issues they have. test cricket needs a strong indian team, and viru's comments wouldn't inspire anyone to think that they'll be strong again any time in the near future.

  • Hassanmir on January 28, 2012, 21:26 GMT

    "Sehwag said there were no technical flaws with the Indian batsmen" Are you kidding me !!!!! he himself is technically incorrect. Looks like a No 8 batsman sent out to slog. If the ball moves he is gone otherwise its a boundry.I would agree Dravid's case and Sachin to some extent too. But Ghambir, Sehwag & Laxman are technically correct ?? he is talking about cricket right ?? To me a shameful response to cover a pathetic series !!!!!!!!!

  • Mitcher on January 28, 2012, 20:59 GMT

    Don't see Gupta.Ankur round these parts so much these days...

  • theRule19 on January 28, 2012, 20:47 GMT

    You talk of the fans supporting you, Mr. Sehwag!! On that note, the fans have supported you and your team enough and still there are no signs of improvement, so by all means they deserve the right to feel the way they are. The way your team has lost in Eng. and Aus. without showing the intent to fight back, itself shows that the fans have had enough. Just by saying they should support you in tough times does not bring you or your team out of the tough situation at hand. It is you who have to perform on the field to gain any support anywhere. Losing does not feel that bad when intent to winning is shown, but that intent has been completely missing and neglected by looking at you and some of your team mates' approach in the field. No wonder the fans have had enough.

  • suko99 on January 28, 2012, 20:43 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

  • daniels1974 on January 28, 2012, 20:38 GMT

    Pathetic. Win on pitches at home which start cracking on the first day of a test match itself and then brag about it. Sehwag, Tendulkar, Dravid, Laxman, Dhoni, Ishant and all should be kicked out of the team and youngsters who are ready to give all should be given a chance.

  • Rumy1 on January 28, 2012, 20:37 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 right now

  • on January 28, 2012, 20:19 GMT

    This is called " burying your head in the sand, and pretending nothing is wrong anywhere around you"...

  • cricket4ever6 on January 28, 2012, 20:16 GMT

    Yes there's no need to make drastic changes. This is essentially the lineup that got India to #1. It's just that too many batsmen are out of form at the same time, that's all. Every team goes through these patches (Aus not so long ago, Eng now). India should rotate some players out when they're all out of form, but there's no need for everyone to retire at the same time. I say give Sehwag and Laxman a break to find their form again, and bring in Rohit and Pujara.

  • Love-Pak on January 28, 2012, 20:01 GMT

    Yeah are right did win 2-0 against a weak and in experienced West Indian side on Indian flat pitches and that's what all you Indian Flat track bullies batsmen do mostly. You guys are lion at home and mouse I am sure once again when you will play against any side at your home on dead pitches all you guys will once again become great batsmen...hahahahah.

  • on January 28, 2012, 20:01 GMT

    I am with you Team India...

  • Aussieforver1981 on January 28, 2012, 19:48 GMT

    I think India can learn something from Pakistan. These guys despite not having the strongest team not the paper have defeated some of the best teams through sheer handwork and dedication. Thats the point Indian fan and team never fully understood. You don't need "superstars" who are paid the most in the world but you need actual players that can work as a unit not playing for their personal records. Who cares if Tendulkar has score 99 tons. If not one of these tons came while he lead the team to victory. Not even once he has done that. Kallis, pointing, misbah ul haq, Amla, clarke these are much better batsmen than tendulkar, or sehwag because they score when its needed.

  • on January 28, 2012, 19:43 GMT

    Agreed with Amina Patel. As a neutral fan I was looking forward to this series very much. Completely dissappointed with the attitude of the Indian team in general on the field. Like some of you said the big name players know that they can be assured safety looking forward to many home series where the team is going to dominate.

  • Stark62 on January 28, 2012, 19:32 GMT


    I love this guys arrogance!

  • mcsdl on January 28, 2012, 19:30 GMT

    Indian cricket team is the best example of humiliation. Where is Sachin hiding?

  • Al_Bundy1 on January 28, 2012, 19:30 GMT

    Bring back Greg Chappell - he know how to get rid of free_loaders and non-performers. IF BCCI brings him back - I promise you - the Big 3 will announce their retirement immediately.

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

    Let me tell you... UAE is NOT home for Pakistan. It is our neighbour country helping Pakistan to play home series away! Dont take it as home series. Pakistan played against Australia in England as their home series. so on calendar the series were scheduled to take place on Pakistani soil which unfortunately did not occur due to 2009 mishap. So be once again. UAE is NOT home ground for Pakistan. Even there are about less than 100 spectators other than the ground staff. so why bother saying it again and again? Pakistan is still wining all series away home.

  • starfox on January 28, 2012, 19:18 GMT

    yes we will forget this result because when Aus tours India, they'll be the ones getting a thumping, just like England got a 5-0 thumping. In no other place and against no other attack will a fellow like Clarke be able to post ridiculous scores such as these. Its an anomaly, as he is simply not a player of that caliber. You only need to look at the past Aus tour of India, where he averaged a pitiful 8.8. That's way worse than all our aging batsmen have achieved in the present tour. We have made him, as well as their run of the mill bowlers seem more special than they are. But I have no doubt they will fall back to their mediocre ways once this tour is over.

  • shahbazhussain on January 28, 2012, 19:15 GMT

    It is easy to say that we are not able to score runs... so what? were you not able to take wickets? Does your team has the guts to defend a target of 145 against world #1? Sehwag, dont speak the records. Just speak about the game. The logic. The tactic. The spirit. The passion. The aggression. The pride. The ability. The courage. The reflection. The acceptance. The responsibility. The self belief and above all that patriotism. If you have any of these - you dont care about the records. scoring 100s wont help you win the game. See, Kohli made 100 and he did not bring the victory. But Azhar and Asad gave a partnership that gave Pakistan a hope to defend as tiny total as 145 and historically they did it. They fought. The showed passion. See their body language in the field! They had a fear that they might loose but they had self-believe in themselves which really really brought them a historical win that comes in centuries. They really did it with great passion, aggression, patriotism...

  • shahbazhussain on January 28, 2012, 19:09 GMT

    I dont know what Sehwag is trying to defend and what he is trying to say... The bottom-line is that there was not any passion among the players to hold off Australia for even 5 consecutive overs. Look at Paksitan and England series. I dont say any of them is good or hot favorite. There are speculations.. but see what happened today? England was dominant from Day 1 in second test. They bowled pakistan cheaply, took a lead and then bowled them out again. Their bowlers set a getable target. Can you imagine world # 1 had to chase 145, and world #6 had to defend the same total! No matter if you are #1 or #6.... All you need to show the passion that how you are taking it for every single moment in the field. That is called the spirit of the game. If you get that spirit you do things. It is not matter of scoring 100s or taking 5 wickets each bowler. No never.... All you have to perform collectively like a team. Sehwag you are still trying to defend the individual performances not as a team.

  • on January 28, 2012, 19:03 GMT

    im an international fan and watch almost all matches around the world. i like to see good quality cricket where matches should be lost after some fight. I really did not like the body language of indian players throughout the series. i feel young blood is a need of indian team now even they perform well now in comming one days now.

  • on January 28, 2012, 19:03 GMT

    The following people shoudl not be interviewed , becuase they will never break the ice that the big 3 has to go.


    1. sunil Gavaskar 2.Ravi shastri. 3.Saurva ganguly 4.nikhil Chopra 5. Atul wasan Etc.

    We all know the above members are just want the big 3 to continue playing till they reach their records ..

    No one above have teh cuts to tell in television that Sachin , dravid and laxman has to retire,,,,, then why blame the poor shewag what can he do ??

  • MiddleStump on January 28, 2012, 18:53 GMT

    Sehwag cannot fool everybody with his excuses. Even before the test series was completed, he expressed an interest to bat in the middle order. If it was just a matter of getting back to form, why does he want to give up his role as an opener? Being the vice captain, he must have also had a say in keeping Rohit Sharma out of the team. With Laxman's imminent departure from the number 6 spot, is Sehwag trying to recast himself in that slot and keep youngsters out of the middle order? It sure smells like the same old dirty politics. Who cares about India's desperate need for stable openers more than anything else?

  • on January 28, 2012, 18:43 GMT

    Australia was played will in india on 2010 , when india won 2-0( Mohali and bengaluru) but the way they had played is brilliant. In mohali india won by 1 wicket and in bangalore by5 wickets. Pointing and his team played really well, Eventhough they lost a test series and every one enjoined both the test matches particularly mohali test. Now coming to the Australian series, This is a one side game and Indians fans are not even interested to watch this series, Nobody perfoemd in the indian team except then umaesh yadavaand Virat. I request both dravid and lakshman to announce their retirement immediately, once they reached india. We need rohit sharma and pujara in the next series against england, instead of these guys. Dravid and laxman did a great job in the last 12 years but this is the best time to give the wat to young guns.

  • Rakim on January 28, 2012, 18:43 GMT

    OMG, he is such a Cry-BABY. But at least then they showed some resistance. ICC rankings= a joke

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

    Mathematically, 0/4=0/2=0, and 2/0 and 4/0 are undefined. Sehwag knows this because he is a first rate mathematician. We should take him out of the cricket team and give him a professor of math position at a leading university in India, or may be at Harvard.

  • on January 28, 2012, 18:33 GMT

    WE WON 2-0 IN INDIA ???? is this guy serious, every one has a home ground advantage, India is a better team them Pakistan and its shameful to see PAK tremendously better them INDIAN, get your act straight man, You represent a country not your self.

  • on January 28, 2012, 18:18 GMT

    Dear Sehwag and the rest of the current Indian "Team", let us face the facts. There ARE severe technical flaws with the Indian players including a few golden oldies who probably will be considering every match fee as bonus from the Board. There is no disrespect intended but it is high time the great BCCI has started thinking about professionalism. Accept new technologies (UDRS & IR cameras to be precise) for a start, replace lousy pitches & incompetent umpires for Indian series with competent ones. No more blaming overseas pitches, spectators and weather. If they are unable to adapt to the different conditions, the "great" Indian players should try to find another profession. If they are earning millions from every game they play, they should STOP treating it as "JUST A GAME" and consider it as their "profession". As with every other profession, if you are incompetent, you should either improve or go and do something else. And spectators, please support only a professional Indian side.

  • bintere on January 28, 2012, 18:14 GMT

    Veeru.. Ausssi drawn their series against South Africa and won 1-0 against india.. nd they never ever blame the pitch and condition like u guyzzzz... Whatever, only Dada can save India..

  • Lord_Dravid on January 28, 2012, 18:13 GMT

    why is it that soo many non indian fans on here are frantically commenting and criticising india? lol ..??????

  • bombay4u on January 28, 2012, 18:09 GMT

    Shevag stopped making excuses, fans do support team that ractifies thier mistake and learn to not repeat them, even in club cricket or any form of sports that is the norm. who tells you shevag to hit 6 of your first 6 shots in area where ball can easily be caught, you got out 4-5 times in exactly the same way , who can tell you not to play them ? you score just as many runs when you hit the ball on the ground , why dont you do that ? why you look for only 4s and no other type of runs?WE ( the indian fan and selectors) are going to do something about it my sending you to club cricket and not Indian Team, not you. Who tells Zaheer Khan not to last more them one ball when he bats, lower order needs to score runs when top is failing that is a requirement not a hobby? Who can tell Sachin to play like he use to and stop defending even average bowlers, why did not even single batsman try to take the fight to Au bowlers ? I have seen clark spread the feild, when you attach bowler,we did not

  • on January 28, 2012, 17:47 GMT

    bring gary kirsten back....

  • 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.

  • rapidchase88 on January 28, 2012, 17:40 GMT

    We dont care even if India loose, we know India cant win every match and every series. But what we dont like is, there is no fighting spirit. Why are you not fighting or not showing that kind of desparate for win. There is not enough kick, you are not rubbing shoulders or looking eye to eye or not kicking yourself. You are not understaning what we are looking for. SPIRIT OF THE GAME means not play for yourself or show excitement while getting a wicket or centurey you need to do lot of things do get aggression, passion, power and keep kicking all sessions not just the first sesssion. Sehwag! We have not seen required TEMPO and UPBEAT in the team. (Openers fail, so middle order fail, not enough runs on the board so bowlers fails is meaningless. if batsmans fail, its automatic that bowlers can fail.) We can still win matches even if one department fail., that should be the bowlers attitude. Sometimes only bowlers can alone win matches, also Batsman can alone win matches..

  • eZoha on January 28, 2012, 17:38 GMT

    Pathetic from Sehwag. I expected a more honest message from him at least. India will play the next few series at home. Batsmen will get runs, spinners will take wickets and everything will be forgotten. Players know this, BCCI knows this. That's why they are trying to slide this 0-8 humiliation under the carpet.

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  • donda on January 28, 2012, 17:22 GMT

    Ok. Agree with Sehwag, India is going to play home for next two years so why to worry. They will 90% win all the series at home and people will forget these two series.

    Every team is Loin at home these days. So why to worry.

    Even #1 ranked team england lost to pakistan at pakistan home so it make big difference when you are playing at home. India was not playing at home and pitches were too fast for old lads.

  • wah_wah on January 28, 2012, 17:18 GMT

    I think there is some point in what viru is saying. He did not deny that team played poorly and they need to go back and fix things. As a player he can only fix his problems.Board will have to fix the team issues, so why should he comment on that. I think where they are rightfully not accepting the comment is that it was only home performance that made team India look good. Between 2002 an 2009 this team did play well both home and abroad and thats what took them to number 1. Now, when they were winning aginst all teams at home, those boards and media wrote it off as sub continent tracks where they were any way expected to lose so no big deal. Aussies went back to drawing board only because they lost so badly at home as well

  • AsadCricFan on January 28, 2012, 17:18 GMT

    Oh excuses, "The time is not good", Bad timing is no excuse for getting hammered 4-0 twice in the space of three series.

    Why can't he just go out there and say, "Yes played horrible, they played well and we are taking steps to ensure it doesn't happen again"

    India are the only team in cricket today that seem to be reluctant in getting some new blood in the team. Australia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Pakistan are all giving their youngsters some time out in the middle and its paying off (Bar Sri Lanka) England don't need to do as their test team looks strong as it is.

    Surely after a 4-0 hammering Indian selectors and management MUST be thinking about something different for the next series otherwise Indian cricket is going nowhere.

  • on January 28, 2012, 17:03 GMT

    Frankly, i have no more respect left for these guys anymore now. They have proved once and for all that how selfish they are. Man, we would've had some hope at least if they had put up good fight. They were just zombies on the field. Keeping them in the team is going to do more harm then any good.

  • on January 28, 2012, 17:01 GMT

    ohhhhhhhhhhhh guys first of all stop playing IPL . . .thats all just concentrating on u bat,bowl well in ipl...not in international matches....this is a shameful statement by sehwag...just work hard guys...stop acting ads and stop playing in ipl...march month is coming so ur minds are fullfilled with IPL ....

  • arun_tg1 on January 28, 2012, 17:01 GMT

    I can only pity badris situation. People like Gambhir fail time and again but still hang on, oh sorry, their place is firmly rooted in the indian squad. But on the contrary, a hasty decision is made right after 2-3 innings and hes out of even 14 when many other after not performing for several innings continue. Wow! Good!

  • on January 28, 2012, 16:56 GMT

    Aussies here in Dubai we ( Pakistan ) beat your best friendly world no:1 team ( England ) and there in aus you beat our friendly team the most experience team in the world which is good friendly team for pakistan . keep it up Aussies we r also looking for white wash them :)

  • topeleven on January 28, 2012, 16:56 GMT

    OMG more than the 4-0 loss his explanation is ridiculous. Yes we cheered when India won but we should criticise them when they lose. Y speak something from the past which doesn't matter. He is comparing media of other countries. I don't think no other media expect ours hasl been and will be celebrating our 'cricket' players and will spending them huge for their commercials. That much respect we gave them and he is answering as if he plays for charity. I don't think this should be our attitude when we lose. We should accept it on the face that we lost and try to move on. I thot shewag shot selection was silly through out the innings its not his shots also his interviews..... I am ashamed for this words

  • MdAshfaq on January 28, 2012, 16:37 GMT

    Critics please remember how the West Indian crush Indian team in India after their world cup defeat?

  • on January 28, 2012, 16:36 GMT

    Nothing to worry much. Whitewashe happened with the great WI team who had big stars. the same team gave us the time to smile on april 2. sehwag said the right things. all these news channel will make them god if ind wins and villans if ind lose. why ppl talk abt VVS to retire, he's done alot for nation. Respect seniors. they wll leave when time will come. Dont be aus, theynever give respect to their players. Look at bevan, he only remained not out against ind once without winning match 4 aus and then was thrown out. ENG also losing against PAK.its 0-2. hahah

  • prsubbu on January 28, 2012, 16:30 GMT


  • dissapointed on January 28, 2012, 16:28 GMT

    It's funny not to see the Sachin V Pointing comments LOL. Funny, Sachin clips a shot through the off, jogs thinking he's getting 4, only 2, should have been 3, next ball he's gone. Later, he takes a good catch on the boundary, Ponting on 220, turns to the crowd to expect it's his show. Next day, edge, Ponting takes a smart catch and runs straight to his bowler to congratulate... Sachin, it's all about him and I know why individual performance is so important now, because the team can't perform. ! billion people, 50 times the population of Australia and this is as good as you can do????

  • MdAshfaq on January 28, 2012, 16:28 GMT

    We should forget these defeat as a bad dream. I feel very happy to see that our neighbour is taking our revenge from England and when Australia come to India we also can hit back them.

  • brija on January 28, 2012, 16:23 GMT

    I know you young indians panic and react unnessarly.Australians win on fast and bouncy wickets of australia and indian win on the low and the bouncy wickets of the subcontinent.We are world one day champions and no. 3 in tests. T he no. 1 test team england were skilled out for 72 runs in their 2nd innings chasing a meagre target of 145 against pakistan played OUTSIDE england and lost the series 0-2.Asian teams have more often than not fared very badly outside the subcontinent. It is the prerogative of the senoirs who have made indian cricket touch great heights to decide when to retire

  • satishrajan on January 28, 2012, 16:23 GMT

    What a pathetic remark. Please stand up and accept the fact, we are just not good enough, this is the most over rated team in the world, only good at winning on feather bed pitches at home. Australia and England are far superior teams, probably all the teams in the world are better than this. We seem to be fixated over individual records made against mediocre teams on dead pitches.

  • Messyinamess on January 28, 2012, 16:16 GMT

    Never understood what he was trying to state. He could have just not said anything at all rather than saying India had beaten Australia 2-0. After 8-0 and with the kind of defeat that India had been subjected to, one would even think if they have any right to play tests at all. What they have are celebrities and not cricketers in the dressing room.

  • AJCricket1980 on January 28, 2012, 16:15 GMT

    Oh pls Sehwag... Pls accept the Loss like a true sportsman and try to improve next time around. It's a pity there isn't any fight left in a Team who was No. 1 not so long ago...

  • on January 28, 2012, 16:15 GMT

    No Problem guys.... Definitely they will come back in their next games.... Dont Criticize ....

  • AjayB on January 28, 2012, 16:14 GMT

    Sehwag's interview is directed at 4 year olds. The captain being out on two full-tosses especially when team needed some common sense and then making these comments.

    What was missing was lack of fight. If one were to analyze the dismissals, how many were really earned by the bowlers? I would say very few. The team showed a complete lack of fight - and then they try to hide under the veil of stupid statements. If one wants to learn how to fight look at Steve Waugh's innings in the caribbean.

    No one is even commenting on the technical flaws. If Gambhir is out in the same manner in six innings, then what is that called, if not a technical flaw? A fishing expedition?

    If you need support from fans, make some intelligent statements that deserve support. If not - there is always your target audience of 4 year olds.

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

    Uncles bye bye, need new young blood in the team. May be new leader, where he can look difference way of apporching the game.

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

    India 's fate will be like WI. Though its not BCCI's fault entirely. Star gazing attitude in india is hindrance for kicking out stars from the team. In that case public wont show up in matches. Hence, no money. Its all money, Honey! .

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

    indian fans dont worry,IPL will start and you all will forget those two horrible abroad seiries .they all will be mast in the glamorous world of IPL,as if nothing had happenened.

  • on January 28, 2012, 16:05 GMT

    Yes. We support you Indian Team. We were the ones applauded when you won laurels for us. Failures are part of the game. Please bounce back soon. You did it in style in the past. You will do it in future too. We stand by you. We pray for you. Your defeat is our defeat just like we viewed your win as our pride, in the past. Sehwag ..we are not just a man of words. You will prove this again with your bat. We wait for that occasion. Yes this Indian team is defeated in 2 what?? We will win in future...Let's wait and pray for that to happen so soon...........

  • VickGower on January 28, 2012, 16:04 GMT

    These cricketers have no shame. They have got together and formed a fiefdom.

  • on January 28, 2012, 16:02 GMT

    sehwag, its not about win or lose, its about how you played and your current record makes it clear to you, so stop crying please and accept...

  • on January 28, 2012, 16:02 GMT

    sehwag u shld nt cover it up with past series win.....rather become more optimistic on these sitution...this comment of u will bring the future of indian team more depleting....!

  • on January 28, 2012, 16:00 GMT

    He is right to a point , looks whats happening to ENG after what they did to IND at home ! everyone is tiger in their own backyard. Test cricket need to change , may be a championship every 2 years will help. I can only remember 2 teams ( WI-80's & AUS-90's) those were true number 1's. These days, All other test results are 90% predictable.

  • on January 28, 2012, 16:00 GMT with Zimbabwe .......we might win....not 100% but we have little chance of winning.............

  • basusri133b on January 28, 2012, 15:56 GMT

    This fellow should be grounded IMMEDIATELY. He is utterly oblivious of his technical shortfalls, which precludes his ability to remedy this defect. I am dumbfounded by his comments.

  • on January 28, 2012, 15:53 GMT

    actually this is the problem.. the attitude no matter they win or lose pathetically, they ll never learn to b humble.. they think its pretty entertaining to shout like idiots in the field and talk like kings behind the mic.. chatter chatter chatter.. thats all their young players are about.. look at our team Pakistan.. all young dudes with less than 50 matches except Younus.. and they are shining like crazy...

  • on January 28, 2012, 15:50 GMT

    hahahaha!!! well said viru :P:P:P um just speechless!

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

    Viru is right about two things - we won 2-0 against the same Aussies last year and we fans should support the team through thick and thin. That said 8-0 is a scoreline that I have never seen in my entire life - and the manner of the defeats was what concerns us the most. None of the games was close.

    There are players in this team who are not carrying their weight - Ishant is one. VVS, Viru, Sachin, Gautam, Dravid have all underperformed. While the seniors have given us many moments of joy it is also unfair to keep players like Ojha and Rohit out of the team. Team India should emerge stronger from this - back the youngsters so that we can unearth the next set of greats.

  • on January 28, 2012, 15:47 GMT

    Viru dada, if you want to revel in past glory sit at home and do it. Better not toot after a total loss of face.

  • RvKrn on January 28, 2012, 15:43 GMT

    Viru.. Can you pls reconsider your words.. I accept it happens with every team and every player.. But not every time and all at the same time!!!

  • ds1785 on January 28, 2012, 15:38 GMT

    Anybody former cricketer asking retirement of strauss??? they lost 2-0 to pak

  • VAVAVA on January 28, 2012, 15:38 GMT

    Serwag is wrong. India need to work on their skills, fitness, and attitude. They came across as under-prepared, slothful and nonchalant. Not one of the players showed character and fight. Even Dravid and Laxman folded. Serwag played irresponsibly throughout and Tendulkar, while talented, does not deliver under pressure. If they cannot even acknowledge their failings then the Indian selectors should take this opportunity to reconstruct a team from scratch.

  • Mnomann on January 28, 2012, 15:33 GMT

    Every team plays well at home and plays badly away (except Australians). But no one plays that bad overseas. At least every team draws one match out of 8 overseas tests. Thats the difference between Zimbabwe, Bangladesh and India. If scoreline suggests otherwise, then the ranking should be similar too. Why is India No. 2? because they play a lot of matches in India without DRS.....!!!!

  • Yazdegerd on January 28, 2012, 15:29 GMT

    How long you gonna talk about home series. Though this Indian team players were the best in 80 years test history. I am wondering, why they do not simply accept the harsh reality and also accept, we can not play on fast and bouncy pitches. We are proud to play at flat track and our concern is only to win at home. I was expecting very straightforward and mature statement from Indian players. Its mind set what they spoke throughout the tour and it will continue no matter what so ever again happen. They won world cup and offcourse, there is always now and will continue IPL. Happy profitable season. Who care about white wash or thoroughly wash?

  • green_man on January 28, 2012, 15:24 GMT

    For how long would they try to hide their drawbacks? Come out boys, come out under the sun and try it hard...

  • knowledgeable on January 28, 2012, 15:19 GMT

    Amidst this gloom there is plenty to cheer about. (1) For once the match went up to the fifth day (never mind that it was because of Aus not enforcing the follow-on). (2) Rahul Dravid has learned how not to get bowled. Now the BCCI should quickly organise a Test series in which India can thrash Zimbabwe or Bangladesh. The public will forget and forgive and BCCI bigwigs such as Srinivasan and Rajiv Shukla can continue to live a life of luxury at the fans' expense.

  • thehasanman on January 28, 2012, 15:18 GMT

    Lovely excuse beatong West Indies is good is it? If it was Dhoni, he would have said "I still won the IPL"

  • davidatlas999 on January 28, 2012, 15:18 GMT

    i think sehwag did not play well and he is goind to make some excuses.but ooooh dear he telling us the stry of his sehwag u r so intelligent!!!!!!

  • on January 28, 2012, 15:12 GMT

    They are shameless... People in India have filled their pocket with Millions of Rupees which have made them Lathergic, they don't even try to put an effort on the pitch.

  • on January 28, 2012, 15:10 GMT

    If we had the DRS in India it would have been 1-1. That second test, Johnson had one of their players (I forget who it was), plumb LBW for the last wicket and it wasn't given. Grow up Sehwag, i reckon things might not be as different as you think when we come to India.

  • on January 28, 2012, 15:09 GMT

    We are with the team most of the times, and this is the time when they really need fan support. Yes this is the worst performance even seen, but still we have faith in them. All the best team.

  • Natx on January 28, 2012, 15:07 GMT

    While not discounting anything from this 4-0 drubbing show for second time in 12 months, I agree with Shewag on the 2-0 stuff. As @Nikhil said, Australia at least gave a fight before going down and that's the difference. India looks like given up when the fight was on. It's very soon to praise the likes of Aus and Eng as #1 teams again. See what's going on in UAE. England is getting ready for the whitewash :-( So all these champion teams cannot "earn" that tag from the fans worldwide unless they are consistent for a period of at least 5 years, both in home and away. Only 2 teams have the right to do so - Windies in their prime, and Aussies of last decade. Rest is all piece of crap with no consistency - India at least won tests in Eng, Aus, SA during their way to #1. Rest of the countries one has to wait and see. Honestly, SA has the real edge to #1 compared to others, but with Kallis on the uphill time will tell how they will find another champion who can stand up and deliver.

  • on January 28, 2012, 15:06 GMT

    Shewag actually does not know what he talk. If he wants a flat track to score, then what about the adelaid pitch. It was truly a flat track and Aus scored over 600. There is no point looking at home record. If u want to become world a champion u must win home and away consistently. That is what WI did in 80s and AUS did in 2000. Look at what is happening to ENG, They are the world no one team. But cannot score 180 in the match to win it. They are hav lost 2consecuitive match now. Are they the true world no one. Stat may say they are no one. But in their heart they know that they cannot win in subcontinent. Likewise shewag knoes India cannot win in away from subcontinent consistently.

    There is no point shielding friends. Looks for young talent like Kholi who is a gutsy players who got fighting spirit. U need players like Kholi, Gnaguli to win matches. Not Lap dogs

  • Mohammadnumair on January 28, 2012, 15:05 GMT

    These are enormously immature, stupid and infantile remarks of Mr. Standing Skipper of India! He has no moral right to comment like this after losing in such a horrible manner from Australia; although I did not expect them to win the series, was hopeful for at least 1 win and 1 draw!!! Its right time now for the BCCI to invite immediately Bangladesh, New Zealand (Ohoooo so sorry New Zealand is a better team now because they have recently beat Australia in Australia so exclude New Zealand) Zimbabwe, Canada or West Ineas to enhance the batting averages of big guns i.e. VVS Laxman, Goutam Gambhir, Virendar Sehwag and especially for the final century of Schain Tendulkar please….

  • on January 28, 2012, 15:02 GMT

    This is really dissappointing statement coming from a senior player like sehwag. rather than accepting responsibility for shoddy performances, he is talking about past performances. You cannot gloat about your past performances forever. It is time to phase out the senior players.

  • on January 28, 2012, 15:02 GMT

    I am kinda lost of words. You just got ur rear kicked so just be humble, accept it and try to get better and just keep winning @ home.

  • itsthewayuplay on January 28, 2012, 14:57 GMT

    batting is not just the problem, it's the bowling. look at pakistan who able to defend 144. sehwag is saying that unless the batsmen score 600+ the bowlers haven't got enough to defend. generally bowlers win you tests and batsmen win odis. in a population of 1 bn plus for india to have performed the have they have is as Ashwin rightly says not embarassing - it's shameful and humiliating. i'm not asking or expecting india to win all its test matches but just to compete by performing the basics. for bowlers to line and length if they can't take wickets and batsmen to not throw their wickets away by driving at widish deliveries, openers doing their job by seeing off the new ball.

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

    It seems the Australian tour has taken a tool on Sehwag and seems to have lost his bearing. Does not know what he is talking, utter non sense.

  • on January 28, 2012, 14:51 GMT

    the time is never been same,i think this is the time when we should back our team

  • on January 28, 2012, 14:47 GMT

    Shame on U Veeru. Not expected such airy-fairy talk from U. Actually serious thinking was needed & respect for the fans who spend hours in watching the match live. You cant blame them in this manner. Moreover you cant expect support from them when U R doing precious little on the field. If the fans cheered you on winning the world cup they have a right to jeer U as well when you perform badly. It is as simple as that.

  • on January 28, 2012, 14:46 GMT

    Stop givin reasons Mr.Sehwag!!! You are a professional cricketer and not a "KID" to be ginving reasons!!Remember the 4-0 whitewash against England(#1 test team)??

  • on January 28, 2012, 14:35 GMT

    When one hits a rough patch, encouragement & support provides comfort and helps push through any barrier in the way. Support your team through the next phase, so they can find some solace. It is never easy to perform with billion eyes watching and criticizing one's every move and every word he/she utters.

  • sriks23 on January 28, 2012, 14:34 GMT

    Hey..India cricket team if they want to improve their cricketing skills,they should stop playing in placid Indian tracks,where any ranji player can go on scoring runs in international matches here.So let indian cricket team play in australia,england,new zealand and south africa,then we know who is what..After all cricket is palyed only in 9 countries,in that too we are not number 1 ,with this much

  • SnowSnake on January 28, 2012, 14:33 GMT

    I think a lot of seniors in India are seeing the end of their career. An emotional response is to be expected. India's ego has been hurt. Australia is better off showing some humility because their performers (except warner so some extent) are seniors as well. Australia is also inches closer to repeating India's errors unless they gracefully lay out a plan to retire Ponting and Hussey (in 1-2 years); and Clarke (in about 5 years). Since India, more often than not, scored over 200 runs per innings, Australia's bowling is good but still needs some improvement. This current team probably will not become #1 and, if it does, it will be pretty weak #1 as well.

  • billhar on January 28, 2012, 14:32 GMT

    Well Said Sehwag.. how about not taking any money from now on - since in the past we paid the same team way too much

  • on January 28, 2012, 14:31 GMT

    Here is India's future line up: 1.Gautam Gambhir 2.Virender Sehwag (captain, few more failures, show him the door) 3.Virat Kohli 4.Sachin Tendulkar( He is a LEGEND and legends have lean patches too, he should declare when he wants to retire) 5.Rahul Dravid (Wall is always a Wall, he still has good 2 years left in him) 6.Rohit Sharma or C pujara (time has come for someone to be here for a long stint, not one or 2 tests) 7. W saha (again give him a long look and not one or two tests, Dhoni should say farewell to test cricket, he is good for one dayers and T20 only) 8. Ashwin R (needs to develop some more deliveries in his armor) 9. Zak (STAY FIT, he still has good 4-5 years in him) 10. U YADAV (again needs to learn from Zak how to bowl with old ball) 11. Sharma or Ojha (depending upon the conditions)

  • VK_9999999 on January 28, 2012, 14:31 GMT

    WELL WELL WELL something I would like to add here - lets keep aside Sehwags' or whomever from the Indian team[senior, junior etc] comments which are not at all a discussion worth here. The main point that should be discussed here is WHY DOES OUR INDIAN BATSMEN FAIL OVERSEAS since they started playing cricket. As a reminder, please look at Indian cricket teams records overseas ever since they actually started playing overseas. Were those records ever make satisfactory if not worth remembering ? Even people who never played cricket does know the cause, if I am not wrong[what say ?]. The reason obviously is that our batsmen dont' get trained on speedy and bouncy tracks[AUS/SA] OR swinging tracks[ENG/WI] where you need special adjustments technically although BCCI is the richest cricket board. K if someone says that our team do get trained just before any tour well I dont' believe international bowlers are granted and would surrender for some overnight practice sessions by our batsmen

  • bobmartin on January 28, 2012, 14:31 GMT

    Good old Indian fall back... Forget the hammering we've just taken in two away series...we've been OK at home in the past, and we will be again. Tantamount to admitting that this current Indian test team is about as hopeless as England have just proved themselves to be when away from their own patch.

  • on January 28, 2012, 14:29 GMT

    Indian fans should accept that Sehwag is the biggest flat track bully ever. The fact that some people call him a great player is a joke. Cant hold his against any opposition in seaming conditions. Even Tamim Iqbal scored 2 hundreds and a fifty against England in 2 test matches.

  • on January 28, 2012, 14:26 GMT

    The day you stop anticipating for the 100th ton of the great sachin that would be the day they will start performing. This is a case of bad karma

  • RSBali on January 28, 2012, 14:26 GMT

    Sewag is talking non sense and needs to guage the mood of the fans.

  • Rabies on January 28, 2012, 14:23 GMT

    Sounds like a little boy who cannot face the fact that he has done something wrong- all of them sound like this- basically, India is a team of superstars (in their own minds- which essentially equals spoiled brats) who have forgotten how to fight! All the money has removed the pride and desire to go to the wall for their country- shame on them all- except for Kohli who impressed...

  • Mr.Shrek on January 28, 2012, 14:19 GMT

    Where is Mr. Srikkant and Mr. Fletcher ????

  • on January 28, 2012, 14:19 GMT

    Does any one in indian cricket have a answer? Why you did not pick Rohit Sharma ,atleast for the last test? Shame on indian cricket. They only want to control the world cricket but they do not know how to play cricket.

    Dhoni and Srikanth are the reason for Ifan out of test series. Srikanth alone was not a steady cricketer. Now he is in charge for selection. What a joke? Where is Kapil/ Vensakar/Amaranath/Kumble/Ganguly/Sidhu These guys never agree with BCCI that's why they are not here

    Only Ravi Shastri/Srikanth/Gavaskar. poor indian fan sorry for them


  • Ameega on January 28, 2012, 14:19 GMT

    Let Indian fans themselves to respond to this stupid mindset of Indian players. Hope India will recover from this 'attitude'.

  • on January 28, 2012, 14:16 GMT

    feel shame to say dat Viru , The Oz's hv not failed in the way we did And their individual performances wer also not as worse as us

  • on January 28, 2012, 14:14 GMT

    India is an ordinary team. but they highlighted bcz of media. there has no wic taking bowlers no match winning knocks players (michael bevan,michael clarke). sloppy fielding side. very very ordinary cricket side. actually not only cricket. they fail the all the sports in the earth except chess and carrom(LOL)

  • akbarbirbal007 on January 28, 2012, 14:12 GMT

    Its said that it is better to remain silent(if you are a fool) than to speak and remove all doubt.Before I thought Dhoni was not a mature test captain but after hearing sehwag today i felt that dhoni is more mature and sensible atleast he accepts the fact that the seniors have to phased out from the team.The way sehwag came prepared today he should better come that way before taking guard in a test match an irresponsible player who never plays according to situations,never understands what the team needs from him, perhaps that's what too much of over confidence can do to a player's mental state

  • on January 28, 2012, 14:11 GMT

    maybe india should drop out of cricket until the good enough. Be good for the game too as they have too much say politically in the game and based on there performance the dont really have the right.

  • crick50 on January 28, 2012, 14:10 GMT

    Shame on you Shewag.. You all just expect to score 100.. ..on flat wicket but if a pitch is bit bouncy you fell like pack of cards.. What you trying to protect.. everyone knows those 3biggies will retire soon then why don't you give Chance to Rohith.. we all expecting Rohith for 3rd test but neverthless dumb doni't choice . He is unfit to be test captain. But he is one of top thing tank on another format. If India need to regain glory in Test cricket do postmortem before its too late. I think sachin gets his 100.when he plays against bangla... The the great wall has cracked so don't expect him to play role of wall. Likes of abimanyu,pujara,, & many more waiting .. Your records may be history we don't want history but a moment to cherish win or loose does't matter but loosing this way it hurts.. Yes Indian cricketers or tigers at home & paper tigers when they area away..

  • JINNAH0001 on January 28, 2012, 14:09 GMT

    population of 1100 million cant produce 11 effective players ......that's extraordinary stats for india

  • on January 28, 2012, 14:07 GMT

    sehwag..we all love your batting..not your words like this....let ur bat do the talking....

  • on January 28, 2012, 14:05 GMT

    i think bcci remember that this team was world no 1 team last year dowanfall come when gary kristan left we need to blank place of gary kristan.

  • on January 28, 2012, 14:05 GMT

    Seriously speaking.

    Let BCCI play Laxman in the next test series in India. As an honor for his contribution. Then give him a golden handshake. I am sure he will play naturally and free like how Saurav Ganguly did in his farewell series.

    Play Chateswar Pujara (As he is Technically more sound than Raina, Yuvraj & Rohit Sharma) in Laxman's place in the next series, which is also scheduled in India.

    During this process Dravid will find his good form of 2011. By the year end give him also a farewell series in honor. Get Rohit Sharma in. Till this time Rohit would have become a regular in ODI, So will gell with the team.

    By the mid of 2013 Sachin can be honored with The Farewell series. Play Raina in his place.

    In this way there will be atleast 6 to 8 months in facing out seniors, bringing new guys in Indian Conditions.

    For the next Overseas Test series after 2 years, we will have 3 youngs guys replacing the Big 3, also they would have played between 5 to 7 test matches atleast.

  • on January 28, 2012, 14:04 GMT

    Being a pakistani I believed this was the best chance for india to win a historic series against australia in australia. But they have disappointed all cricketing fans around the world. Yeah batting failed as all of you are saying but also when they are in the field they wait for the opposition batsmen to get out for some reason. This allowed them to make big hundreds. The team body language wasn't good in the field

  • rroy32 on January 28, 2012, 14:01 GMT

    The reluctance of the senior players to voluntarily vacate their places is understandable as they are in fact the first generation of Indian cricketers to directly benefit from the huge influx of money in the game. Place in the national team most certainly be included in their endorsement clauses, not to mention its immediate impact on their respective salaries in the IPL. On the other hand, the BCCI too maximise their revenue by constantly brandishing these marquee players as main attraction of any series/tournaments, thanks especially to the idolising multitude of blinkered Indian fans. This has ultimately engendered an unhealthy "scratching each others' back" culture in Indian cricket which lies at the root of these apparently callous & thoughtless remarks by Sehwag, Gambhir, Ashwin et al. The BCCI being an independent body will not move a finger to address the issue at hand & merrily the Tendulkars and Srinivasans will continue to squeeze the last drop out of Indian cricket.

  • TheGecko on January 28, 2012, 13:59 GMT

    And he still dares to say that he needs "fan support" after passing a ridiculous comment like this? A true fan expects you to play good cricket, not necessary that you have to win every game you play. But after this pathetic performance, they don't even deserve a place in the team, let alone fan following. The last tour to Australia was good fun, we witnessed good cricket, gritty performances, and though the series was lost, everyone enjoyed it. After using just about every excuse that can be though of, now all they can do is accuse fate! The underlying dark humour is sickening. We don't deserve this. There are better things to do in life than to "back" this team. Goodbye Indian Cricket. We've had enough.

  • on January 28, 2012, 13:55 GMT

    Mr. Sehwag...even then how easily Australia would have beaten you 2-0, you barely won those matches. Some people might have questioned some of the decisions in the first test at least there. Here you have been completely outplayed.Australia gave you no chance whatsoever. Better mend your ways....

  • EvilQuill on January 28, 2012, 13:55 GMT

    How pathetic! Aus has won a series in India in 2004 and the 2-0 he's talking about was a close encounter. Getting beaten in a humiliating manner by a team which is in the process of re-building and all this excuses. Simply pathetic.

  • East_West on January 28, 2012, 13:53 GMT

    well, this is the stupid state of mind we are in " look at Sehwag statement, and rank turner statement of Gauti....and Dhoni's inability to experiment with Rohit i place of Laxman, Fake 3's internal denial of "they are NOT good enough to play test cricket"......this is the time we need a Greg Chappal kind to kick these guys out! I never liked Greg, but damn! now I realize what happens in India - these fake 3 +Flat track bully+Gauti's arrogance+Dhoni, "the never was a Test player" - all this leads to Loosers! no wonder! the WORLD always made fun of us when we became Test#!, I am still waiting for an inian soul to say "let us make variety of pitches and conditions" so that we can play better outside subcontnient, etc" NEVER from a cricketer and never from a Indian Cricinfo WRITER and never from BCCI!! I am NOT sure why we can't look at that angle, rather than always saying to the outside world "come and play on our roads and we will show you how we can score triple and douple 100"!!!!

  • on January 28, 2012, 13:53 GMT

    These Indian supporters are unbelievable..just a month ago they praised Shewag for this record breaking performance..and now..???? My personal assumption is Shewag should go back to drawing board...and figure out he is currently good in the short versions...and stick to it..and give the new lad an opportunity..its same with MS and Shachin...and VVS is too good to retire as he just comes in to it from no where...

  • on January 28, 2012, 13:53 GMT

    Oh sorry !! desperate captain.....

  • Cricket.Nellore on January 28, 2012, 13:48 GMT

    @sehwag: "we came here and practised really hard" - just a student statement. Have you folks ever tried to play even a single swing ball in nets. Hard to believe you!

  • on January 28, 2012, 13:46 GMT

    As a fan of the Australian team I think it is fantastic that the Indian batsmen believe there are no problems with their form or technique. This means they won't change their team and further prolong the introduction of new players because anyone can make runs on the pitches in India where runs matter more than results. I thnk Kohli showed Sehwag, Laxman & Dravid up and remember he is only in the team due to Yuvraj being unavailable in recent times. I believe Sehwag's form overseas should see him removed from the team, Dravid should be concerned about being bowled out on almost every occasion and Laxman surely has no future in Test Cricket. They should also seriously look at whether Ishant Sharma is good long can you be 'unlucky'. Inexperienced Aussies showed them up and would probably also win in India with this line-up.

  • on January 28, 2012, 13:46 GMT

    Poor Pak , they won!! England 72 all out. Well done Sewhag!

  • SagirParkar on January 28, 2012, 13:42 GMT

    clearly Sehwag does not know what is more important - gloating over past results or explaining the current loss.. even Australia who won 4-0 said that they were still improving and were aware of what their short comings were.. clearly that difference in attitude is critical between good teams and great teams..

  • Mr.Shrek on January 28, 2012, 13:42 GMT

    Its the attitude of the Indian players that has been the most leading factor in these two series defeats. Eg. Zaheer Khan, whenever he has come on to bat, it looks like he does not care if there is another batsman at the other end, whom he should be trying to support, whenever he has come to bat in this and the previous series, he has just slogged at each and every ball, without even trying to get in line of the ball. I mean, how do you justify a man of his calibre and experience having such attitude while batting, and then there is Ishant Sharma, who comes in after him, and tries to defend and occupy some time in the middle. So if Mr. Zaheer Khan can get away with this, than what about the rest of the top order, as we have seen again and again, they have played some uncharacteristic shots that don't merit their execution at those given moments in those matches. So all in all the playing eleven have first and foremost got to change their attitude towards test cricket.

  • deconstruct on January 28, 2012, 13:41 GMT

    Ok, I guess that about sums it up: I mean Sehwag's reaction of course. And even though there ARE sensible cricket fans of India who have given him what he deserves for this statement, still there are some who actually seem to be supporting his stance! If this attitude prevails I can guarantee that your side will soon start loosing at home as well; mark my words!

  • on January 28, 2012, 13:40 GMT

    the Indian cricket team has lost its marbles!!!

  • PACEGUY on January 28, 2012, 13:40 GMT


  • doosra95 on January 28, 2012, 13:33 GMT

    What a drubbing and this SEHWAG FTB makes a FOOL OF INDIAN CRICKET FANS.

    This is the most funny statement from a stop gap captain, it just shows if the leader on cricket field has his head in the sand, so are BCCI.

    For long tome opposition fans knew Indian players play for themselves now this statement is proof.

  • Muhammad_Zahid on January 28, 2012, 13:28 GMT

    I guess it was the last match for 3 babas(old people, dravid, tendulkar and VVS). They had great career but rather poor end to their careers, I think its time for their retirement. There is nothing to lose in future.

  • AFanOfGoodCricket on January 28, 2012, 13:26 GMT

    why dont they accept they are bad at playing overseas.. arent they ashamed to give excuses.. can the selectors look to ranji to pick test cricketers instead of IPL..

  • on January 28, 2012, 13:24 GMT

    How many ad films ago was that ?

  • Johanan on January 28, 2012, 13:23 GMT

    Anushman,Srilanka..col As a cap of Ind he shudnt talk like this.Ind is a huge country with hundreds of players knocking on the door.I dont knw y they are nt taking new faces or players like Rohit,Dinesh karthik,Pujara,Mukund,Ohja etc.Sehwag,Dhoni, shud stop from playing tests.Tendulkar,Gambir,lux shud be dropped.If Harbajan had played ,it wouldn't hv been atleast 4-0.he troubles clark & few Aus batsmans.Ind dosnt hv fighters.I can remember the way D.Kartik opend the bating & batted superbly in the 1st test vs SA in SA 4-5 yrs ago.he shud definitly play 4 MS.SL team hav huge problems but still SL won a test vs SA in SA.They fought well amidst of Injuries,non payments,political probs.Ind shudnt be given more than 3 tests abroad.If Rohit had played ,4 sure he wud have got 50s & wud hv put gud partnerships with Kholi

  • AvidCricFan on January 28, 2012, 13:21 GMT

    Shewag's statements indicate what all is wrong with the team. First of all, there was no real focus on training. Two weeks of in-country training is not enough. Second arrogance is the denial of technical flaws. The flaw in the way he, Gambhir, VVS, and Dhoni batted can be seen on the TV. It is OK to say that it is not feasible to change ones style of batting overnight. People can take it. But to make a statement that there is nothing technically wrong shows only arrogance. It is time to drop 4-5 players in this team. Retire the old guards and find opening pair replacements. Dhoni should take retirement from test cricket too. BCCI needs a plan in place to groom players to perform in all conditions.

  • TopOrder_ on January 28, 2012, 13:19 GMT

    I cant believe that this is comming from the same sewag who once said during TOSS when the commentator gave references (Unsuccessful) from the history that " We dont look into history, Present is what matters to us"...You made Biting a Ball and admitting doing that, more Manly and Sportsman spirit.

  • AndrewFromOz on January 28, 2012, 13:14 GMT

    Glad to hear that there is nothing wrong with the Indian team... Getting thrashed overseas constantly is obviously not something to care about at all. Nice of Sehwag to make it all clear :)

  • quantier on January 28, 2012, 13:13 GMT

    ...typical Indian reply after the shameless surrender by the most undeserving World Champions. They have already set the stage to get knocked out from the 1st round of the next World Cup!!

    ...advance Congratulations to the World Champs (or Losers?)

  • asi.ali on January 28, 2012, 13:13 GMT

    Mr. Sehwag, please do not talk like school child, that "We also won 2-0 in India." In England, excuse was injuries, this time if you didn't find anything you are blaming fans and media. I think everyone support their own country team, but the way India lost the serise, its like giving a gift to the host for inviting you for cricket. Grow-up Mr SEHWAG.

  • maximus1982 on January 28, 2012, 13:13 GMT

    yes its true. but australia lost in INDIA after giving a fight .but india lost the series lwithout giving a fight.

  • samudralakiku on January 28, 2012, 13:11 GMT

    Shame on you. You never showed responsibility in batting and now asking for fans support. Comparing this meek capitulation to a mild 2-0 win in India shows your & team's state of mind. India can never achieve this kind of highs with players like you.

  • on January 28, 2012, 13:11 GMT

    Still no Shame in Indians!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • on January 28, 2012, 13:08 GMT

    What a poor explantion by sehwag.....

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

    The first thing India can do is to get rid old Shewag and few old players from overseas tours as they are not good to play on bouncy pitch. They can be selected to play on indian soil only as they are king on that pitch. Also he muct understand that win by 1-2 wickets is not same as win by innings or 10 wickets, it shows relative strength.

  • on January 28, 2012, 13:04 GMT

    Mr . Sehwag the world record holder in one days did nothing in australia tour shame on u man . i give u one suggestion change ur batting stratergy stay on the creeze go for singles rather then hit first ball of the match for six. Look u want support from indian fans its really hard for u mate. u have to much attitude . i saw u in practise match in manuka ovel in canbera very first match u r not serious abt batting or ur name .u dont care abt fans why we should care abt u . U KNOW WHAT U GUYS PLAY CRICKETON THE GROUND BUT THE THING IS WE INDIAN FANS HAVE 2 GIVE ANSWER TO OUR AUSTRALIAN MATES WHEN THEY PINCH US LOOK UR WORLDS BEST BATTING LINE UP. WE FEEL REALLY FEEL SHAME DID U . IF YES DO SOME THING IN T20 OR ONE DAY SERIES.

  • karan.kwt on January 28, 2012, 13:04 GMT


  • on January 28, 2012, 13:04 GMT

    ok soo this is it?? or sehwag u r trying to say tit for tat?? we won 2-0 now its their turn to win 4-0?? right?

  • on January 28, 2012, 13:02 GMT

    i bet all my money, if bangladesh were playing, they would have played much more better than india is aussie, india are minnows now,

  • on January 28, 2012, 13:02 GMT

    Sehwags remarks sounds peevish. Let me remind him that the victories he speaks of when they toured India were different in that both the tests could have gone either way till the last. Had these guys done the same and lost there then there would have been some meaning to it. Now it sounds churlish and childish. Let us face facts both in England and now in Australia we were not only outplayed but battered and made to look absolutely second rate. It is sad that these same guys had taken the side to the Numero Uno state. I feel its time to weed out the stars and draft younger blood. Tendulkar should show maturity and greatness by gracefully exiting now. If he has been unable to get to his hundreth century against England, West Indies and now Australia it will be sad if he does so against Bangladesh next. Better to go with a graceful 99 than a scorned 100. Hope the Indian team recovers and brings greater joy to their die hard supporters.

  • Bollo on January 28, 2012, 13:01 GMT

    @Ronak. I think you`ll find that Australia have not only won a test against India in India in the last decade, but also a series in 2004/5- their 4th series win in India, and something which, as you mention, India has never achieved in Australia.

  • UmarKhan85 on January 28, 2012, 13:01 GMT

    why is it so hard for the indian team to accept defeat? that's all i wanna know..

  • on January 28, 2012, 13:01 GMT

    I also making 100 in IPL ,it is ok for us. When we tour , we never come to play cricket. We only play cricket in india . That is enough for you fan & BCCI. BCCI has enough power, please use your power in the ICC and order the other teams to tour india only so we do not have to play cricket away. Then see how many records we make. a) Any team in the world win by one player , only with team work b) Do not compare the Aus with you guys . They all 11 playing cricket in the field c) You only good for talking( ex . Dhoni) d) see some players physical condition ( Zahir only bowl , do not field or making some runs/ Ashwin is shame in the fielding ....... c) This series tell you guys, your team is nothing in the world cricket. d) You are not going to understand the reality ( u do not even understand the DRS) Brainless players

  • on January 28, 2012, 13:00 GMT

    Please understand Sehwag and read between the lines.Guys, we did well in India and not able to perform overseas as Indians are not used to bouncy pitches or uneven flat tracks.We have clearly seen that since ages and why are we blaming today.They tried and we have seen that.VVS,Dravid,Tendulkar,Gambhir ect.played their hearts out but were out mostly with their natural shots which should have been boundaries elsewhere.We have more than a Billion population in India and how well are we did in Olympics?At least in Cricket we are number one in the World.There are weakness for every team and ours is inability to play well on bouncy tracks.I would have been very surprised if we had drawn one test seeing the way the Aussies prepared the pitches to avenge their 2-0 defeat to India.All he is saying is we did that to them in the past but failed now although we tried our best.Yes,they do expect respect and support from us as some comments are inappropriate.Best of Luck in future,we are with you.

  • on January 28, 2012, 12:59 GMT

    Just like Tamim Iqbal's comment on Zimbabwe's bowler vittori as "ordinary" became the most kiddish comment last year... This would take the cake this year...well done Sehwagging

  • Rajababu on January 28, 2012, 12:59 GMT

    I lost hope in Indian cricket with their pathetic onfield display. Now Sehwag is making sure, Indian cricket team is pathetic off field as well. I'm begining to understand the emotions of Indian team, they now want to cash in on the past successes to make them look bit better. They should simply say sorry, that they didn't live upto expectations, any changes will be made after a review. Just stop there, no more giving stupid excuses.

  • on January 28, 2012, 12:56 GMT

    its big difference between winning to 2-0 and 4-0, in 4-0 team has more chance to come back now I think Sehwag now needs to enroll in his own academy for learning the batting and talking..............

  • ajayrcs on January 28, 2012, 12:54 GMT

    Yes Its was 2-0 so we can call it Perfect Revenge.

  • on January 28, 2012, 12:53 GMT

    on a similar note, Pakistan is leading the series 2-0 just FYI

  • heathrf1974 on January 28, 2012, 12:52 GMT

    Mental weakness has been an ongoing problem for Indian sides. They use their home matches as a security blanket.

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

    SEHWAG..........The LOSER. The Oz attack just ripped ur mighty lineup apart not once but 8 times!!! Stop giving LAME and ABSURD excuses for you SPINELESS performance down under. Just chill and face it. U guys cannot win down under.

  • spinkingKK on January 28, 2012, 12:48 GMT

    It is the same team which won the 2001 kokatta test match!! Please Sehwag! Don't you see the answer for the poor performance of the team in your statement itself? It is the same team! In 2007, they were all 4 years younger. So, they can get away by not working out enough for the fitness. But, as you get older, unless you work out very hard, it is very difficult to keep up your fitness. With out fitness, you are very much limited in your feet movement and reach of the ball when batting. But, what I don't understand is your negative approach to the sport. Set a target of 500 to win, the team shoudl really go for it. By doing so, they will also make the australians to spread the field. 3-0 down and humilated, why becoming a sitting duck? It was your opportunity to redeem yourself of some pride by giving your best shots at chasing a world record. If you didn't get it, at least you can be happy that you have tried and gave the australians a scare.

  • anuprakir on January 28, 2012, 12:47 GMT

    what a shameful comment from shehwag.It seems he has lost his brain in addition to his batting skills.After seeing their recent performance i strongly feel that Indian team should be downgraded to an associate member of ICC to build up their team from basics.So called world's greatest batsmen can't even face amature Australian fast bowlers.Best time to sack sachin,dravid,laxman and Shewag

  • amjadmayo on January 28, 2012, 12:47 GMT

    Play IPL, hit sixes and make money and enjoy...... team India

  • on January 28, 2012, 12:46 GMT

    Right. Except Australia made a fight of it and nearly beat India in one of those tests, compared to the spineless display by Sehwag and Co. What a poor loser. Don't forget Australia always fight well in India. In 2003, they lost by a whisker. In 2004 they beat India. I mean come on.

  • mark2011 on January 28, 2012, 12:40 GMT

    I think shewag's comment is fair. as player who knows what is going inside th team it is correct to say these things. It is Indian fans who want each and every match to be won by their team, othrwise they start pointing fingures, this is a cultural problem. At least now indian should understand as shewag says that '' just that the "time is not good"."We make our own plans, and it didn't click. It happens with every team, with every player ' THIS IS TRUE for any team doing bad.. IT HAPPENDS TO EVERY TEAM!!!.. how indian criticised SL team when they lose, now it has boomerangd to themselves.. what a fate!!!

  • Sheela on January 28, 2012, 12:40 GMT

    Winning in foreign conditions is more important than winning in India. If Indian batsmen scored nearly 400 runs and even then followed on, one can accept that there was a qualitative fight. Board should accept the blame fully having made Indians play in low and slow pitches till the start of Australian tour. The Board officials should be forced to resign on this point alone as they have not taken team's interest in Australian conditions. Domestic performances do not reflect the quality needed in international arena. For instance Vinay Kumar who was successful in domestic cricket made a pathetic show in Australia where wickets are more suited to medium pace and above.

  • AriGold on January 28, 2012, 12:39 GMT

    Dear Sehwag, u ask fans to support u no matter what!!!!! Just Think of this psychologically... When u guys win players get billions of dollars... what do the fans get?? a lot of satisfaction...... then u guys lose and you still get billions of dollars... but what do the fans get?? NOTHING!!!! they dont get money. they dont even get their moneys worth in buying tickets or electricity bills for watching tv.. U dont give them anything to cheer about... why should they still treat u the same?? Think about that...Cricinfo please publish

  • on January 28, 2012, 12:36 GMT

    This is one of the lamest thing i have ever heard from a cricketer like Sehwag. Take it on chin and stop looking for excuses. You have been beaten on all type of pitches in Australia and this is a fact. Accept it or not.

  • on January 28, 2012, 12:35 GMT

    The main difficulty wid our batsmens are dey ll feel vry difficult to play a bouncer or a short pitch delivery if u notice keenly Gambhir was a true victim. Our bowlers are undisciplined dey wnt maintain a gud line n length. If d ball goes outside d half stump dey usd 2 attend d ball n give a catch to a fielder @ first or second slip thn hw can we get a steady opening a true Example is SHEWAG himself he used to get out easily. We can consider Gambhir and Shewag as T20 and one day players and should encourage players like Saha dey can give a steady opening to India(My opinion).

  • on January 28, 2012, 12:34 GMT

    What a stupid statement!!! You are suppose to comment on current series why referring past ? This team will beat you 4-0 at your home!!! India has got Spineless Bowling attach

  • on January 28, 2012, 12:32 GMT

    Yes would have supported the team if you at least have shown a fight. This was humiliation. All bats and bowlers looked club standard or even less ?

  • on January 28, 2012, 12:32 GMT

    Immature ..childish..arrogant & NOT ON statement

  • on January 28, 2012, 12:32 GMT

    sehwag if you know the time is not right then please go and come back when the time is right!! i guess ur trying to hide behind the other BIG 3 but passing such a statement....reality check...time for urself, MS and VVS to retire..replace by vijay, saha n rohit respectively.HA HA HA HA HA

  • on January 28, 2012, 12:26 GMT

    RUBBISH you r only backing senior because u r a senior disgusting.... learn something from pakistan... Their new generation bail them out and won against no 1 side against all odds...

  • verstar on January 28, 2012, 12:25 GMT

    Will some one (who are condeming indian team) explain what happened to current no. one team in UAE? Why the batting greats could not score even a paltry sum of 145?

  • Imz25 on January 28, 2012, 12:24 GMT

    Sore loser comment by Sehwag. He should take it on the chin.

  • on January 28, 2012, 12:24 GMT

    When senior batsmen are getting out as much to good length and line balls as to full tosses and long hops, and when a batsman who is touted as a future captain inexplicably runs himself out in trying to protect the nightwatchman who is sent in to shield him, then you can't help but think this is the long goodbye for Indian cricket.

  • Kolpak1989 on January 28, 2012, 12:22 GMT

    Australia used to win a lot of series' when Ian Chappell was captain. He should still be in the team by Sehwag's logic.

    Ricky Ponting played a lot of cricket, so obviously he didn't have any technical flaws when he kept getting dismissed the same way. By Sehwag's logic there was absolutely no need for Ponting to re-examine and rebuild his technique.

    What a joke. Sehwag and Dhoni need to pull their heads out of the sand.

  • SKMogha on January 28, 2012, 12:22 GMT

    Sachin Tendulkar is Criket's life. If he will retire, Cricket will die in India. We don't watch cricket, we watch Sachin Tendulkar playing only. We can talk anything but when he got out we start moving away from tv screen. isn't it?

  • ABRAR-JANJUA on January 28, 2012, 12:21 GMT

    lame excuse Mr. Sehwag... try to accept bitter defeat...

  • on January 28, 2012, 12:15 GMT

    If Indian fast bowlers cant get wickets on these picture were they gona get wickets on ?? India must start make better pitches with support for bowler. Flat wickets are boring to watch and will kill test cricket. Learn from wickets in Pakistan and England matches

  • on January 28, 2012, 12:14 GMT

    oh come on..accept your failure..dnt live in past glory

  • on January 28, 2012, 12:10 GMT

    As an India fan I say the response "we also won 2-0 in India" is a pretty poor one. Beating WI 2-0 at home bears no relevance to the loses to England and Aus 0-4 away. I think I speak for all Indian fans that we do believe in the team Viru and that we can beat the best but we have to be honest and constructive rather than defensive.

  • on January 28, 2012, 12:09 GMT

    Oh Come on! really? hmm what did MSD say before the tournament in Australia "this would be our best chance of winning down under". grow up boys.

  • venkikk on January 28, 2012, 12:09 GMT

    It seems we the fans are the one only in shock about the debacle. Sehwag seems to completely in his senses to analyse our defeat. He is speaking as if it is a course of nature.

  • hackro on January 28, 2012, 12:08 GMT

    The fact he is complaining about being criticised heavily for an atrociously poor performance reeks of someone who is pampered and never asked to look at themselves in the mirror and make an HONEST assessment of themselves. The longer the Indian public and the BCCI keep putting their players on pedestals and worshipping them the longer the slide into mediocrity that comes with an aging team whose talent is on the wane. The effort displayed by the Indians in the field suggested that they think they can turn up, bat with skill and flair and that'll be it. Well it isn't. Australia have clawed themselves back up off the floor through perspiration. Their fielding shows that they work hard in training. Their fitness is superior because they put in the hard yards. Will India do the same or do they just wan't to go home where the pitches are soft and slow and the fans are all too adoring? Sehwag's comments suggests to me it is the latter.

  • on January 28, 2012, 12:07 GMT

    He expects to be selected for the next series despite a horrendous performance.And Iam sure the selectors who have a similar syndrome will continue to give the flat pitch bully more chances.

  • on January 28, 2012, 12:05 GMT

    His comments are more disgusting than his performance

  • LoveCric123 on January 28, 2012, 12:05 GMT

    Sehwag - have some shame! Ashwin - what? Are you kidding? That is a pathetic statement from a guy who is supposed to be taking over the mantle from Bhajji and the great Jumbo? Be embarrassed dude, be very embarrassed and hang your head in shame for the walloping you have been handed. And even Llyon bowled better than you.

  • njr1330 on January 28, 2012, 11:53 GMT

    Can you imagine the Manchester United dressing room at the end of a season where they have lost all their away games by 4-0 ... Sir Alex Ferguson is screaming and throwing furniture around... suddenly the Captain pipes up and says: 'Don't worry Boss, we won most of our home games...!' Would the great man be placated ? ... I'll let you decide !!

  • TheBengalTiger on January 28, 2012, 11:51 GMT

    The one thing India cannot do is sacrifice their home advantage. No team apart from South africa has won a test in INdia in the last 6 years, and none of them have changed their home pithces to match Indias. We cannot prepare quick pitches at home, there have to be turners, like England are getting turned out on. COunty cicket is the answer for Indians youngsters, but please India, do not sacrifice our home advantage

  • ramAB83 on January 28, 2012, 11:43 GMT

    oh shewag... please use bat to talk.. unless dont use mike like this.. it hurts lot...

  • ca.ganeshd on January 28, 2012, 11:41 GMT

    Immature and childish remark by the stand in skipper! He has no moral right to comment like this, Though I did not expect them to win the series, was hopeful of at least 2 draws!!!

  • logicalthinking on January 28, 2012, 11:40 GMT

    hahahaha....sehwag if you know the time is not right then please go and come back when the time is right!! i guess ur trying to hide behind the other BIG 3 but passing such a statement....reality check...time for urself, MS and VVS to retire..replace by vijay, saha n rohit respectively.

  • rohita25 on January 28, 2012, 11:36 GMT

    2011 champs was the TEAM INDIA performd well.....but here it seems a indian team was playing where individual performance ws imp...nt the team effort....

  • dunger.bob on January 28, 2012, 11:34 GMT

    One thing about this statement is that it assumes that India WILL win at home. ..No pressure there .... I believe you play NZ soon. .. they took a test from us just before you guys arrived. Now that WAS close to a green-top and the Kiwis used it brilliantly. ... Don't under estimate them like you did the Aussies would be my advice.

  • rohita25 on January 28, 2012, 11:31 GMT

    uffff wht the helll statement given by senior sehwag past records are sweet bt nt the present one......they helps us to play well in the future bt cant secure win why dont understand is well said ganguly was the best captain of indian cricket team who made the team as TEAM INDIA and u n dhoni is the captain of best cricket team....learn something frm the past. so deadly performance i never thought about it, we were expecting win by 4-0 bt defeat 4-0 wht we one clicked

  • amit.80s on January 28, 2012, 11:30 GMT

    The fans won't turn up to watch at the grounds and the millions won't turn on their TVs if they were not backing up the team. When India got whitewashed in England they have the excuses of injuries, not enough time to prepare but here there are no excuses so they blaming on pitches and now on media and fans, this is really sad coz at first none of the senior players face the press conference and now instead of accepting their faults they are telling us about their past acheivements and asking us to back them. When Aus was in a similar position back in 2010-11 they have gone back to drawing boards figure out their problems and resurrected their team. Guys like Katich, Huhges, M.North, SPD Smith,Bollinger & their coach Tim Neilson they all gone and thier legends like Ponting and Hussey was on notice in this series.Aus media, former players and fans had asked for changes and calling the team a shame on country. So its time for the players and BCCI to resurrect Indian cricket.

  • on January 28, 2012, 11:29 GMT

    2-0 ... atleast australia made that series interesting...remember one match in which ojha hit the runs of the last wicket batting along vvs.....we dint give the aussies a fight also....surrendered so badly.....i love the indian team doubt....but its sad that we've stopped drawing test matches also....once again the top 5 will perform in india as we arent playing outside india for the next 2 years...theyll be called gods again....the reflexes of these players has gone down with age.....BCCI plz encourage players to play in county matches in england and australia...if u want to see the team winning overseas....our ranji matches are match 400/2 in 2 days....thats not the basis of selecting a team

  • mdm_2109 on January 28, 2012, 11:29 GMT

    agreed with anurag70.. sehwag even need to know how he can control himself to play silly shots that leads him not to make big score and giving other batsman a platform to perform without any pressure. this was a test series and we never saw his intentions to contribute to a big total. everyone was just chasing sachin's hundred but no one was even bothered about a single win against aussies. the best team of the world with best cricketers seems to be helpless in all the areas of cricket in the ground. indian team must learn from SA, AUS and ENG as how they come up from their defeats and makes immediate changes to have them win the game. Mr. Sehwag, you have realized several times that you are so impatient on the ground and lose your wicket so quickly and this time again you are saying the same but when you will improve, the time when you will say good bye to cricket.

    good luck for odi's and t20

  • manojdagar on January 28, 2012, 11:29 GMT

    again india failed to acheive his target......i hope india will continue this acheivement..........keep it india..........

  • on January 28, 2012, 11:28 GMT

    what a shameless man,he better keep his mouth shut,people don't have amnesia.

  • on January 28, 2012, 11:26 GMT

    That is the last comment expected, Mr Sehwag! India winning in India is happening now for a couple of decades. The question is not just about losing abroad, not even about being blanked out but it is about a complete derailment of fight in those 8 Tests. His other comment that fans and media shd stand by the team when it is in distress is acceptable provided the team had shown a modicum of fight. Nothing comes free, not even the unconditional loyalty of the Indian fan. Throughout the Oz tour so far, every spokesman for the team has resembled Nero fiddling while Rome was burning. They have taken an "I am Ok you are Not OK" stance. We wd much appreciate if they had come clean saying 'we have been completely outwitted; we are totally clueless about what we shd be doing; we have exhausted all that we have had." Perhaps the World Cup win has gone to their head and the team now thinks they are flawless. And any defeat shd be treated as an exception. If that is the attitude they shd all go.

  • on January 28, 2012, 11:26 GMT

    Dear Viru, as you know if play 10 test now , India will lose 10 - 0 , Every buddy has to come back all playeres ,

  • Miss_Watson on January 28, 2012, 11:26 GMT

    No wonder India play so poorly away from home with attitudes like this. No loss should be written off in such a blase' fashion. If India are to get back anywhere near the top they are going to need their senior players to step up, Starting with their attitude and teach the younger guys coming through that such poor performances are not acceptable.

  • harikeshan on January 28, 2012, 11:14 GMT

    Viru, should understand that beating teams in their own back yard (India) is not the true measure of success. What Made Australia, West Indies great teams was the fact that they played overseas as well. India's track record overseas espcially Aus & SA have been appalling. Team India needs to Win in away games. Sorry Excuses for losses dont count. Beating Australia 2-0 at home is History which no one wants to know. You need to perform to be counted and appreciated. Instead of crying over spilt milk its time to own up for your failures as a team and start making changes that could see positive results. Accepting Failure and getting on with the game is a bitter pill to swallow. Time for Change.

  • Miss_Watson on January 28, 2012, 11:13 GMT

    Nice attitude to have *sarcasm* Especially coming from a senior player. No wonder the Indian team play like they so away from home, and the attitude will only filter on down to the younger players. No loss should be written off in such a blase' fashion. If India want to get back to the top they are going to need their senior players to stand up and fight and filter the attitude down to the younger guys coming through.

  • valvolux on January 28, 2012, 11:10 GMT

    @kasyapm - exactly what series wins overseas do you speak of? let's look from 2001 shall we. In 2001 - bangladesh. 2003/04 - pakistan. 2004/05 - bangladesh. 2005 - zimbabwe. 2006 - west indies. 2007 - bangladesh. 2007 - england. 2008 - sri lanka. 2008/09 - New Zealand. 2009/10 - bangladesh. 2011 - west indies.

    so in 11 years you have managed to win 11 overseas series - 6 of which were in the subcontinent, 4 of those against bangladesh. the other 5, bar maybe england in 2007 - are against very weak opponents. you will also notice that during the 2009-2011 or whenever it was that you considered number 1, you barely even left the subcontinent let alone won anything outside of it.

    until india wins some meaningful series overseas - they will always be considered 4th or 5th in the rankings - as they were even when they were on top.

  • Amitaabh on January 28, 2012, 11:09 GMT

    I somewhat with Sehwag that media should critize in such way that it should not feel players feel dejected (every media does it in same manner, except for team India). So, he has a good point.

  • Herath-UK on January 28, 2012, 11:06 GMT

    Shall we hope he will do some fireworks when Sri Lanka joins in the Tri series. It is a dismal display by him both in England and Australia. Ranil Herath - Kent

  • hmmmmm... on January 28, 2012, 11:01 GMT

    Ridiculous response from Sehwag who's lack of technique has been highlighted on this tour. I can't imagine any other team excusing their performance with "we played well in 2009" - show some humility and accept that you have been thrashed and need to do something to improve! International cricket is an international game - so by definition you will play a considerable proportion of your matches outside your own country - if you can't do this play local cricket. Only 5 weeks ago India were licking their lips at the prospect of their best chance to beat australia at when they have failed miserably players claim past success - sounds like a bunch of school kids! I hope somebody in the Indian hierarchy has the resolve to make some tough decision - the question isn't if some of the old guys will keep playing, it's a matter of thanking them for their service and bringing Indian cricket into the next generation.

  • on January 28, 2012, 11:00 GMT

    this happens with every team and every player.i know they'll bounce back in odi s.they won world cup & now its upto us to back the team,they'll surely win t20 & odis

  • deol84 on January 28, 2012, 10:57 GMT

    Sehwag has lost it bad loooooser.

  • KarachiKid on January 28, 2012, 10:57 GMT

    What a loser comment - what is that supposed to mean ? Is he saying he is perfectly fine India slipping in rankings as long as they remain flat track bullies back home ?

  • on January 28, 2012, 10:53 GMT

    winning 2-0 and losing 4-0 is at least mathematically twice as bad...

  • on January 28, 2012, 10:53 GMT

    Sehwag is just waste of time ...remove him first

    My next Indian Test Squad would be Gambhir(Capt),Mukund,Badrinath,Rohit Sharma,Chestwar Pujara,Virat Kohli,Karthik,Ashwin,Umesh,Varun,Ishant

    Reseves would be Dheeraj Jadhav,Ojha,TP Suhindra,RP singh,Rahane

  • maddy20 on January 28, 2012, 10:52 GMT

    No excuses for getting whitewashed Mr.Sehwag. If you lose 2-1 or something, then its alright. But getting whitewashed twice is simply unacceptable. YOu cannot bat like you always do on bouncy wickets. Shape up or ship out! As for the so called BIG 3, they are no longer big. They are shorter than dwarves. Its time for them to go too. It is time Pujara, M.Pandey, Mukund and the like get a chance. I also believe there is a rift going on in the team. BCCI needs to investigate what the hell is going on here. Hope Fletcher is not doing a Chappell!

  • on January 28, 2012, 10:51 GMT

    OMG! Can you believe it? I was amazed to read this headline and was laughing as well. There could not be any more lame answer than this by Sehwag! If this is the thought process of Indian cricket, then I am afraid to say this, but Indian fans should not expect anything good from at least this bunch of players. They seem so arrogant right now as if nothing happened! It is a humiliation to get defeated with such huge margins continuously when you are supposed to be the so called number 2 test team in the world. God Bless You Guys! I feel sorry for Indian fans and I hope they get better results next time!

  • SydneyIndi on January 28, 2012, 10:50 GMT

    Dear Veeru, We won 2-0 in India is correct but there are a few issues U need to consider; I will come to that in a sec. Firstly, don't worry about flat track bullys comments from OZ fans inspired by Ch9 expert (?) smart alecs. If our pitches are flattracks Y they can't bully & win in India? Having said that I have a few probs with U & Dhoni. Dhoni is a champ T20/ODI player but his technique is not suited to Tests. U are fine but U don't bat as per situation. After U scored 300 against Pak, U thought U were invincible and let UR standards slide and UR dropped. Only then U worked hard, cameback and scored 300 against SA. U now seem to think invincible again! Both U & MS seem to think captaincy is UR birthright. Don't bet on it; selectors are not that stupid. It is time to realise UR tech weaknesses (eg: UR careless outside Offstump when it is swinging and U can't hook) work @ it and play responsibly. We like players who perform during crunch times and adjust well O/S. U need to show that

  • on January 28, 2012, 10:49 GMT

    First Ashwin saying that this is not an embarrassment and now Viru reminding of the past.I always defended these guys when foreigners called them overpaid, arrogant lads, but after hearing these sordid press conferences I have to agree with them. Do these cricketers think that their place in the side is their birth right and that whatever they serve as a performance--howsoever rubbish it may be--are we just suppose to shut up and accept it? God what a lousy attitude.

  • on January 28, 2012, 10:44 GMT

    ok....that's good....!!!'s any teams....!!!

  • on January 28, 2012, 10:42 GMT

    Shame on Indian team.... According to me, the team selectors must be eliminated and then we can discuss on the retirement of team seniors.... Young players don't even get a chance even when those seniors flop in tests continuously...

  • sg05 on January 28, 2012, 10:39 GMT

    SELECTOR k.srikanth need to bring new decisions by send out ishant(8 foreign matches not taken atleast 8 wic),laxman,dhoni(in test only,avg in foreign pitch is worst) may be Gambhir too(struggling in short balls in foreign pitches) .Earlier days SELECTORS out non performance players but now its not happening so, after this series we believe selectors will make changes............

  • sg05 on January 28, 2012, 10:39 GMT

    s s india won last time 2-0 in home but aus fight back then only they lose , also their players got centuries they got wickets but now ind in aus no t taking wickets poor batting ............going on that s the problem ,atleast if ind fight back and indians got centuries and got some austalians wickets and lose 4-0 means its ok but here.....

  • on January 28, 2012, 10:37 GMT

    why dravid he played well against england where sachin n others lifted their hands ..he scored 3 centuries two were back to back ask sachin to leave the team look at clarke he gave up 400 run chase for team y is sachin sooo desperate to get it

  • pmbasu on January 28, 2012, 10:31 GMT

    I am bit confused about the future of test cricket as far as India is concerned. Will it be like this: India gets whitewashed 3 - 0 or 4 - 0 away and then the visiting team gets whitewashed similarly in India and so on? Very predictable - isn't it? And boring!

  • crikbuff on January 28, 2012, 10:24 GMT

    What Sehwag means is that the cricket fans should continue to watch IPL... Even though IPL has caused Indian test cricket to be down in the dumps! But they want people to watch IPL because IPL brings a lot of money. In fact, it is time for Indian cricket fans to wake up and stop supporting IPL. Only when IPL stops, will Indian cricket start to blossom again!

  • sunilreddy on January 28, 2012, 10:19 GMT

    Next statement from Sehwag will be... please cheer for us in the

  • yorkslanka on January 28, 2012, 10:17 GMT

    Glad to see so many Indian fans admitting that sehwag is clearly fire fighting with stats from the have been thoroughly out played and before anyone says I am well aware of how bad my team is at present- no excuses from me re that just relky poor...anyway back to India..hope you come back stronger in the odi's.. Guess its still down to Pakistan to continue to win on behalf of Asia ...

  • on January 28, 2012, 10:17 GMT

    very 'ordinary' sehwag with a very 'ordinary' team.can't face the aussi pacers,bowlers bowl only to finish overs.go aussies,whitewash the boaster team in ODI & t20 & prove them 'ordinary'.

  • on January 28, 2012, 10:16 GMT

    We Wil see tham at future series.................

  • on January 28, 2012, 10:14 GMT

    Australia, England and South Africa have all shown an appetite for introspection, a willingness to look critically at their failures and find ways to avoid repeating them. Sehwag's attitude will get India nowhere against that kind of competition. Simply "practicing really hard" won't cut it in this age of professionalism.

  • kasyapm on January 28, 2012, 10:12 GMT

    Very sad to lose this series...even more than the one in England because this is our best side, no doubts about that. Our batting did not click as a unit. It was only one batsman playing in an innings and that too, a 50 or so. But, I would be the last one to say that these guys don't mind losing. COME ON, this is the same unit that took us to the top of the world rankings and it was NOT just because of performances at home. There are many overseas performances which we can look back and feel proud of. But, no hiding the fact that we expected better of these 2 tours - draw or at least lose respectably in England and Win in Aus, which hasn't happened. But, I back this team. I back our players. They have played and won despite our system and I would put my faith in them rather than the board which doesn't seem to care a damn about long-term plans for test cricket.

  • I_Love_Cricket_7 on January 28, 2012, 10:08 GMT

    My Test Team for non-subcontinent 1. A. Mukund 2. G Gambhir/Ajikant Rahane 3. Virat Kohli 4. Sachin Tendulkar 5. C. Pujhara 6. Rohit Sharma 7. Dinesh Karthik 8. P.Ojha 9. Zaheer Khan (c) 10. U Yadav 11. Varun Aron

  • rkannancrown on January 28, 2012, 10:01 GMT

    It is always better to accept when you have done badly as that will give an insight into how to improve. Apart from Kohli & yadav, the performance of the rest has been poor. The selectors have a good reason & opportunity to go the whole hog & find replacements everywhere. Zaheer is ok and Ashwin has done well at times that he can continue for the moment. However, the batting order needs overhauling. Mukund has done better than Gambhir & should be brought in at the top. Kohli should be in at No.3. Sachin may desreve one more series but Laxman, Dravid & dhoni should go.

  • anur8g on January 28, 2012, 9:58 GMT

    Somebody should inform Mr. Sehwag that they have now lost (whitewashed) 2 series in Ideal cricketing conditions/pitches....and Indian team was strong as compared with Aussies (atleast on papers)....they have 5 specialist batsman ( Aussies have 3 only) and in Aussie bowling unit all the bowlers are new as compared to Indian bowlers.....

  • VijayHo on January 28, 2012, 9:56 GMT

    And to Richard Giles. Indian curators have rarely given you guys real turners to face, instead they have been batsmen frindly pitches ( go back and check except for the test in Mumbai few years back which you guys so miserably lost!). So wake up and smell a truner next time the Aussies are in town unless the pitch curators in India continue to ignore the need of the hour or even bring in a few drop in pitches from Australia to prepare our team for the future whitewashes down under!!

  • on January 28, 2012, 9:55 GMT

    We won the WorldCup Because It was held in INDIA!

  • on January 28, 2012, 9:48 GMT

    I think Sehwag does't know what he was saying.....

  • on January 28, 2012, 9:47 GMT

    Mr. Sehwag, you and your team-mates behaved like losers. You never fought back. The fans would have supported the Indian team if it had shown even a modicum of putting up a fight. This team came across worse than the lower order test teams in terms of skill, application and competitive spirit. This is why the fans and the media are saying what they are saying.It was ridiculous and embarrasing.

  • dhina1986 on January 28, 2012, 9:44 GMT

    Yes, India has lost the series in Australia. Then why other countries are losing in Indian pitches.If they are best team, then they have to perform everywhere. I don't say India is the best team but Australia is not. The real problem for India is their seam bowling, because they don't know where to pitch to take the wickets. For this, I blame BCCI for not improving the Indian pitch quality. You do better in all conditions then everyone can agree you're the best team.

  • on January 28, 2012, 9:44 GMT

    Mr.Nawab of najafgarh....u say that time is not good for the players that is why even though you people "tried" could not score well...according to you all the top order batsmen have bad time at present...your excuse is very pathetic Mr.nawab...Also you people have never evr practised with te intensity that's needed...instead you preferred "go-karting"..saying that you got to take time out of cricket inorder to perform well..stating that you people would start evrything silly...shame on you guys...:-(

  • DataQue on January 28, 2012, 9:43 GMT

    Australia has outplayed India in all departments!! In Summary: India are sour losers!!!!

  • GVDRS on January 28, 2012, 9:40 GMT

    Dear 'Othello22' - it doesn't matter whether Aus played for 5days or 4days or defeated by innings, the point is whether Aus white washed or not in Ind tour. Dear 'Charming Prince' - recall just before this series Aus has lost a match and levelled the series against NZ in Aus itself, then what about Aus Are they Tigers for one match and goats for another match at home? Dear 'Richard Gillies' - Ofcourse Ind might not won any abroad series in recent yaers, but dont forget the Ashes defeat for Aus at home, but Ind doesn't has such worse record at home

  • on January 28, 2012, 9:36 GMT

    I think Indian Cricket has lacked its luster and if nothing is done soon enough, the stadiums and televisions will switch offfff.......Using excuses and making such childish statements like you have made above is from a school boy. India as a unit failed in England in Fletcher's guidance, did the team come up in its standard of batting........NO, you'll had almost 9 months to revive your batting but what happened you lost in the worst possible way with innings defeats in Australia. India has the best battiing line up in the World or atleast once had when we were so proud of watching you guys perform with elegance and style. But after the White Wash in England we thought you won't repeat the same mistakes again and we as Fans were all lokking forward to a fighing come back with Australia. Please, please, we all respect our senior team but when the Horses are old, before they get lame they are rested in races so they keep their reputation. IT'S TIME INDIAN SELECTORS MAKE THEIR CHANGES.

  • wrenx on January 28, 2012, 9:36 GMT

    Why can't they put their pride aside? Enough of this denial - time to admit there are serious problems in Indian test cricket and they need to do something about it. The test cricket world is small enough, we can't afford to lose a competitive Indian side. For the good of the whole game, India need to get serious about the state of their game.

  • on January 28, 2012, 9:34 GMT

    Sehwag got out irresponsibly every time. gambhir got out the same way. so was dravid, laxman and dhoni. u can get out when ur out of form. but when u get out the same way it shows tat something is hugely wrong. it might be the fact tat the fluent game is gone like in the cases of dravid, laxman and sachin or it is huge reality check tat the technique is not there in the cases of sehwag, gambir and dhoni. yes all fans accept tat u guys make a very good ODI team. but tat doesn't mean tat u can lose test matches. to me test cricket is the ultimate thing. i would have been happy if u guys won the test series in england and australia and had lost the world cup. guys like kohli have so much attitude and i fail to understand wat guys like dravid, laxman and sachin tell to kohli. the system needs a major overhaul and legends of the game need to think wat is tat they r adding to the team and i mean test team and take a decision. i believe tat Sachin, dravid, laxman know tat better than me.

  • Meety on January 28, 2012, 9:34 GMT

    The most obvious error in Sehwag's words is "...Even England media or Australia media or South Africa media, they back their teams..." Perhaps he doesn't have much of a memory, but the English press is LETHAL on its players, in Oz it depends a bit on who has an axe to grind. To say that the media is more nasty on them then other countries media, is plain dumb. Grow a spine Viru!

  • on January 28, 2012, 9:34 GMT

    thick-skinned is the word that comes to mind. the BCCI is only interested in the IPL & doesn't give a damn to the highest form of the game. the Sehwags, the Gambhirs & the Dhonis know it well and it shows. shameless no-hopers. let us boycott the IPL & teach them a lesson.

  • Chris_Howard on January 28, 2012, 9:34 GMT

    India lacked fight. Sure they were behind in most Tests, but they didn't even try to set Australia fourth innings targets when they could have tried. They just gave up. This India are bad for Test cricket. Next time send players who want to win.

  • on January 28, 2012, 9:33 GMT

    Mr. Sehwag, plsss try to learn something from the lose! Atleast learn how to behave like a looser!!!

  • umairasgharbutt on January 28, 2012, 9:32 GMT

    sehwag you should be ashamed of what are you talking about !!

  • Romenevans on January 28, 2012, 9:31 GMT

    Rajiv Shuklas from BCCI just said this on a news channel """"We took corrective measures after England series , that is why we won 5-0 against england in odi's and also against WI"""" What The??? Maaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaan! I'm speechless, This joker is the part of Bcci that runs Indian cricket? ROFLMAO!

  • on January 28, 2012, 9:30 GMT

    Sehwag is right that fans and meadia shud support the team..but I ask you MR Sehwag ..didnt we support u after England debacle..every1 criticized selectors and all for playing u guys too much...but 8 consecutive losses...what the heck..we wake up at 4 in the morning to c u guys play...pray for u to do well...but u keep on losing..u dont even offer a fight....and u play with the same team....I understand that every1 goes through failure...and vows to fight back and I know u guys will do too..but u need to understand that u r representing the country and not urself...if players dont retire and continue to keep playing sharmas, badrinaths ,pujaras will never get chance...its the responsibility of the srs to pass the baton...nobody can play for eternity and most importantly India Cap shud be given to those who can perform at least 6 out of 10 times u r duds in last 16 innings and u say support...sorry I cant ..and if u read this u will understand I am not wrong ...

  • on January 28, 2012, 9:29 GMT

    it's a shame tat Sehwag has said it. after losing 7 straight tests gambhir comes out and says "v need to prepare rank turners in india". ashwin says "v r disappointed but not embarrassed". so what you need to lose to all the top teams to say that you are embarrassed is it ??? dhoni says "the phasing out of seniors will happen at the end of the series". but who will do the phasing out of him ? he has been pathetic with the bat in test matches. just bcos the team was winning that fact got hidden. now it is out in the open. plus his captaincy when the opposition is on a high is so defensive & pathetic. plus wat do these cricketers think ? it is bcos of the fans tat they r all superstars and earning loads of money. so we have got every right to question them. mr sehwag "after all u don't play for free". you earn so much money playing for the country. so this kiddish attitude of saying "come to india we will see" is just hurting the fans badly. how can such a team be a world no.1 ?

  • jokerbala on January 28, 2012, 9:24 GMT

    I have been your big fan Viru but this is bad, and that too coming from you it is simply unacceptable. Saying that the Aussies played better and they had better skills was enough. Just accept that you were not good enough, we can always become better. What do you mean "you supported us when we won world cup so don't question us now "? Ok then we will boycott you, is it fine ?I have already decided to boycott IPL. All it has done is to create arrogant nobodies.I know you speak straight from the heart and don't have complete command over the language but show some respect to the Aussies .They showed tremendous fight in India with a young team and it would have been 1-1 if there was DRS (Ishant was clear Plumb lbw in the last over-Mohali ). How would you feel if the Aussies called you "ordinary" in the press conference like you labelled Bangladesh.The arrogance U guys showed in not playing Rohit Sharma was appalling to say the least.The guy is on his second Aussie trip for god sake.

  • tompuffin on January 28, 2012, 9:23 GMT

    Looking at this from an NZ point of view: if the All Blacks lost 8 games in a row, the entire nation would be calling for the heads of the selectors, coaches, players, ball boys, bus drivers by the time it happened three times. India are/were no.1 and I think that their fans rightly expect better showings from them. Especially if their players are to continue playing.

  • on January 28, 2012, 9:23 GMT

    ICC should rethink about India's test status.Team India should be given a different test status, that is only available in India !! And outside India they will have only the oneday status.

  • Ronak on January 28, 2012, 9:21 GMT

    People are telling that India have never won test series in Australian soil. They should also think when did Australia win a test match in India. They could not win a single test match in India in last 10 years. So all Indian fans should support Indian team instead of blemming then in this bad time. Wait and watch. They will come back very hard.

  • on January 28, 2012, 9:20 GMT

    As aptly put by Veeru but 1 thing has to realized i.e., our middle order isn't 25-30 yrs of age but 36-38 yrs of age & these 3 i.e., Rahul, Sachin & Laxman will be retiring within couple series or within couple of years maximum & we need to find some young blood since these players cannot be replaced easily. Thank God we found Virat but he is very much a temperamental guy & one needs to advice & nurture him since he is one of great prospect of our future India.

  • rajat-column on January 28, 2012, 9:17 GMT

    Pathetic comments by Sehwag. shows how irresponsible he is. MS Dhoni never makes such useless comments and he is the best captain for India in current situation.

  • AKS286 on January 28, 2012, 9:16 GMT

    yeah i'm with sehwag. if Oz will trvel to india then india will win 4-0. becoz on indian pitch pattinson,siddle,hilfy,harris can do nothing. and oz spinner lyon is like school boy spinner of india. becoz Oz strength is pace bowling so pitches are made pace one. india's strength is spin. so india will make pitch of spinning one. i think only S.Africa is the only team who can play in any pitch. and england too play on any pitch.

  • hellraiser.. on January 28, 2012, 9:15 GMT

    there is no point of giving explanation as * India lost to Australia 4-0 and india defeated australia 2-0 in home series * India defeated New Zealand in India & NZ both by 1-0 and Australia in past two series scored 1-1 & 2-0. * India and Australia both labelled 1-1 in South Africa. * India lost to England by 4-0 & and Australia by 4-1

    So there is no need of giving any justification in current scenario, as to prove the point Australia need to win in India and vice versa. India need some changes including changes in bating order.

  • on January 28, 2012, 9:11 GMT

    Dearest all players touring Australia now,

    Yes I am with you and lacs of fans like me! Every day is not sunday and you may not click every day. Yes we are deeply hurt when Sachin, VVS and pride of my city Dravid failed time and again with many others. But we have not forgotten what you were and what you are all still. Past is past. Don't any of you forget- you were champs and you will be champs again. ALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL the best.

  • andrew-schulz on January 28, 2012, 9:08 GMT

    Stone the crows! I agree with 5 wombats about something! And with the way he/she expressed it!

  • on January 28, 2012, 9:08 GMT

    LOL, Shewag should know 4 is way ahead of 2 Tests. You have lot more time when its 4 Tests to get accustomed to the conditions and not the beaches and the pubs in Australia. As a senior player 2 Test and 4 Test comparison is a Joke had we had 4 Test maybe they would have won or lost the rest of the 2 also. Talk about the present and face the issues and don't hide away.. 4 Test of continuous and relentless disciplined bowling and batting by the rated discard, Ponting before the series----come on...accept to learn and improve don't try to back yourself on the obvious.

  • on January 28, 2012, 9:07 GMT

    It's really pathetic to hear such a comment from a senior player On the field, he has not achieved anything in the recent series, and off the field he talks like this. Really ridiculous.

  • on January 28, 2012, 9:06 GMT

    someone blame coach. everyone tell sachin is a good of cricket. even god didn't know how to play cricket. the same duncan fletcher help england to regain ashes in 2004-05 the famous ashes of all times. then how u blame coach. the team selection should be blamed and also the players. 20 year experience for sachin more than 15 year experience for dravid and then 10 years experience for laxman and sehwag. sachin is experienced than Kristen then why u need such a coach . the selection think about rotation policy otherwise everytimes u depends on senior players only. already they are too old. give some rest for them. they already earn too much of money in ipl. when ganguly is not in form everyone blame him why not now blame the players who didn't perform. give the opportunities to young players. we have more than 30 states we have players everywhere. india team use rotational policy then only india didn't worry abt future indian cricket otherwise indian test cricket

  • on January 28, 2012, 9:04 GMT

    @Srinivas Prasad. There is a bowling coach, Eric Simons. Collecting his contract fee. But doing nothing, except throw downs, which even the security guard, or team's porter, with proper instructions can do!

  • on January 28, 2012, 9:03 GMT

    But Australia didn't loose this bad, during that series. Four innings defeats in the last 8 overseas test and four losses by huge margins, I don't this has ever happened to a top ranking team in the history of test cricket. I wonder where you get the guts to issue such statements. You have shown no remorse whatsoever. I am sure these guys would soon start a union to protect the interest of the players, if BCCI continue to remain irresponsible. Hearing your press conference earlier today, I reckon you would make a great union leader!!

  • VICKY62 on January 28, 2012, 9:03 GMT

    Sheer arrogance and utter rubbish from the Vice Captain in the face of complete decimation by Australia. He has outclassed our famed politicians in thickness of skin. Just 'bad times' ? Who is this bloke,a professional cricketer or an astrologer? He happily accepted all the adulation when the world cup was won, he cannot stomach the equally justified criticism of the manner of capitulation against England & now Australia. The criticism is not against just the defeats; it is directed more against the attitude of the team in fighting adversity. No team, not even the current West Indies side has been so thoroughly decimated even in India.If the stars in blue cannot perform on the field, I suggest that they at least shut up off it. There is so much stupidity the discerning cricket follower can take -whether it is from the players or the so called 'administrators'.

  • zuber21886 on January 28, 2012, 9:02 GMT

    Well we always support the players, and as we have always said its not the fault of the players its the fault of BCCI, we know players never intent to lose

  • on January 28, 2012, 8:59 GMT

    Lol..shewag made a joke :D

  • ashwinmnair on January 28, 2012, 8:56 GMT

    In one of those 2 tests, aussies atleast came close to winning... they weren't as pathetic as india is now..

  • Tejas.Purohit on January 28, 2012, 8:55 GMT

    Hi All, I am totally Agree with Sehwag Comment, Every player has good and bad time, we know that india has done well in the past at home and away, losing one or two series should not make any different, the important thing is that each player has to watch video again and again to make sure they do not repeat in future and learn from past and mistakes made, Also Team has to reunite as a one and need to play as a team rather than individual, We all wants india to win and fight against any best team in the world, believe me India is the only team who can beat any team. This is a bed time for every player we all support you, please concentrate more on sports and try rectify mistake and execute a better plan for upcoming series. After all its a GAME any one has to loose and other has to win, Also I request Team management to provide latest technology and equipment which helps player to achieve their GOAL. GOOD Luck and we will keep supporting India, Do your best. thanks, Tejas Purohit

  • Baundele on January 28, 2012, 8:54 GMT

    I am with Sehwag. India should play only at Home to retain the #1 ranking.

  • sandgroperdada on January 28, 2012, 8:54 GMT

    Viru's technique is flawed. When will Sachin be instrumental in an Indian victory in adverse circumstances. The old order is too complacent and the team needs to change. Sehwag should be dropped. He is a liability. Very very disappointing performance. Yes a country of a billion people should do better.

  • othello22 on January 28, 2012, 8:52 GMT

    Sehwag can say what he likes, but his delusion does not hide the truth - India have been out-thought, out-played and completely out-classed. They may very well have won 2-0 in India, but both matches were at least taken to five days by Australia, and neither were lost by an innings. This poor, and quite frankly pathetic attitude of "come to India and things will be different" is like poison and it's exactly why they have just been beaten so comprehensively. What will their excuse be if Australia come and thrash them in their own backyard?

  • on January 28, 2012, 8:46 GMT

    we dont need 100th ton,pls get out

  • on January 28, 2012, 8:41 GMT

    Indians are TIGERS at home but merely GOATS FOR SLAUGHTER on foreign tours.......

  • on January 28, 2012, 8:39 GMT

    Aussies have played well and we have not, thats it. India will bounce back and you will praise them again. Leave the conversation of the teams old players being replaced, look how the aussie selectors handled it and did not replace the players like Ponting and Hussey. Ponting performed exceedingly well with the bat in the very next series. We should hold our comments and wait for the next series which might come in next six months.

  • on January 28, 2012, 8:38 GMT

    Sigh... India have never won a series in Australia or South Africa. Australia are always competitive in India, never get beaten by an innings, let alone alone three times in a series, and if it wasn't for a Sachin Tendulkar second innings double century we would've levelled that last series in India.

  • on January 28, 2012, 8:37 GMT

    He doesn't understand that supporting these players and supporting the Indian cricket team are two different things.

  • on January 28, 2012, 8:35 GMT

    Mr. Sehwag, you and your team-mates behaved like losers. You never fought back. The fans would have supported the Indian team if it had shown even a modicum of putting up a fight. This team came across worse than the lower order test teams in terms of skill, application and competitive spirit. This is why the fans and the media are saying what they are saying. Now be a man and confess that the team has problems. That might lead to better things in the future, and happy fans and media as well.

  • on January 28, 2012, 8:34 GMT

    better flush out Mr.Duccan the useless coach.garry kristen had this same team which won all games with confidence.problem is with coach.not players.if coach didn't give good training even good players will look like beginners...

  • on January 28, 2012, 8:34 GMT

    Oh Sehwag..... why are you giving explanation so early? Still ODIs and T20s are yet to be played. You are in a hurry for every thing, to lose 'wicket'. From the present trends, Rohit, Irfan etc. will not get chance in the playing XI even in the ODIs and T20s. Else, they will get chance in the last matches (after the entire series is lost) just as a face-saving. White wash and face-save are not new things for us.. Is it not correct?

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

    I believe the way IND team playing people can forget this game and look at last matches in India all stadiums Empty....Am sure BCCI will loos it's mkt

    It's time for other Sports like Hockey,FB,WB,Tennis....

  • big_al_81 on January 28, 2012, 8:33 GMT

    I think every fan of every other nation will feel the same way about the fact that an Indian captain responds in this way - pathetic. It looks like an increasing number of the Indian fans, to their credit, think the same.

  • on January 28, 2012, 8:33 GMT

    Well feeling sorry the for fans of our giant neighbour.Cannot understand why they are unable to pick quality eleven from more than a billion population.India could afford to have ten test teams to beat any given country on any day.There is something wrong at the top.Cricketers become idols and they stagnate blocking all the chances for up coming youngsters.These comments doesn't make any sense and unless dramatic changes are made India will remain to be only backyard heroes for a long period of time.

  • on January 28, 2012, 8:31 GMT

    Indian cricketers once again proved that they are paper tigers only. It's because of media hype they were enjoying the reputation of No.1 team, but in real terms, they are no match to top teams like Australia, England or S.Africa, particularly in their soil. If they are really No.1 team in the world, why they are not able to retain it for at least some years? If they do that in test matches for quite some years, then we can accept it's their "talent" and not "media hype" that won them the title.

  • on January 28, 2012, 8:31 GMT

    one thing is per sure when england or australia going to come india they will some thing back.that's the way india and bcci r speaking.but as a indian fan we need sporting wickets to b world beaters.i agree when dustbowls r given these foreign teams will do what india had done but, that isn't the path for world beaters.

  • suli7 on January 28, 2012, 8:28 GMT

    In my opinion the indian media and the fans were making fools of themselves by expecting this team to win in eng & aus. This team is full of flat track bullies who can only score runs in subcontinent. And as for there bowling the less you say its better. It is virtually non existant. So why Indian fans are so diissapointed? this is nothing new for indian team. they always get beaten like the dog outside subcontinent. so dont get upset and realise that your team is not that good that is made by media and you fans. they are shown their place in world cricket by the two very competent teams & even your players know that. thats why they are not feeling any shame because in their hearts they know that they never have the caliber to win outside subcontinent.

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

    Ranked on the scale of historical cricket denial, Sehwag's comments are a firm 7 out of 10. 10 being Richie Richardson's "I cant believe we let them beat us" whinge back in 1995 after Mark Taylor led Australia to the first Test Series defeat of the Windies in more than 10 years. Then, like now, an ageing team past its prime just could not muster the maturity to take full responsibility. Its now up to all stakeholders in Indian cricket to seriously address the faultlines which are opening up around the Indian team. These include but are by no means limited to: Short-sighted selection decisions hindering development of India's brightest next generation cricketers; Packing its old stars who are in decline (specifically Indian middle order) in cotton wool - Kohli should have been in their XI from the start of the tour; A lack of home ground pitch variety that prepares thier first class cricketers for different conditions; a BCCI with dollar signs blinding its eyes, among many others.

  • on January 28, 2012, 8:25 GMT

    Atleast with this series, india would have realised the need of giving chances to young people like kohli, pujara and raina in the test arena. Also, there could be a bowling coach picked.

  • baksh1982 on January 28, 2012, 8:25 GMT

    I don't think Sehwag is looking at the manner of defeats. Losing is one thing, getting thrashed for 8 test matches in a row is different. I can sympathize with him if India were losing by let's say 3 wickets or short by 50 runs but that is not the case. India has been losing test matches in 3-4 days consistently. Saying every team goes through this phase is a load of u know what. Please someone tell me which top team has suffered back to back white washes. Even West Indies took some time to decline; they were n't number 1 one day and then number 8 the next which is the case with India. The bottom line is that players are not practicing hard enough on right conditions. On indian pitches even Actors in the Celebrity cricket league are able to score 20-30 runs. The ball bounces a foot off the ground. Indian players in the past played the moving ball well because they had patience. A fine example is: Sanjay Bangar 60 odd in 200 balls. We don't see that any more. No one has the grit anymore

  • Precioustar84 on January 28, 2012, 8:25 GMT

    I'm still seeing Ashwin, Sehwag, Kohli and Gambhir coming to the presses. Everyone knows Sehwag says what he feels emotionally and has not thought things through yet. Why aren't the "experienced legends" - Sachin and Dravid and oh Fletcher coming out to the presses and giving logical answers to the fans? I can understand you guys are out there TRYING your best but when you see articles about finger flipping, go-karting, shopping, sightseeing, etc., we Indian fans will wonder what is it that you are trying to get out of 4+ test series. If you schedule a challenge of playing overseas then pleaseeeee stop mentioning pitches, conditions, etc after a defeat. We will SHOW the support if you live in present instead of the past glories and show some FIGHT!! If you guys continue to be in denial then nothing is going to change so change your attitude and outlook. Please publish.

  • on January 28, 2012, 8:23 GMT

    Panic has struck the Indian camp. The greats are on their downward slope and its sad that they aren't able to walk away from the game with dignity. I really wish Sehwag would keep quiet and accept the defeats like a man. Getting out twice off full deliveries and captaining the Indian side without any sense of direction and leadership leave a lot to ask about his own future in the team. I am really looking forward to the new era of Indian cricket with the likes of RG Sharma, Virat Kohli, Pujara, and Saha coming in to replace the fading stars who have given their best years to Team India.

  • on January 28, 2012, 8:22 GMT

    AS India has lost two consecutive overseas series 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 outside the Sub-Continent in Test Cricket. 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 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. BCCI should make this suggestion at the next ICC Board meet.

  • namir on January 28, 2012, 8:21 GMT

    Its something that haunts Indian team. They have been and they are lions at home. Its time to change your image Team of India!

  • rahulcricket007 on January 28, 2012, 8:21 GMT


  • Adnan143 on January 28, 2012, 8:19 GMT

    what a comparision mr shewag wins by one nad seven wickets are equalent to 3 inng defeats and one hundred plus lost, we are not asking for every time win we only ask for fair fight from u people, this show your arogance and with this attitude keep in mind days are near when u will get same results at home also

  • onkar567 on January 28, 2012, 8:18 GMT

    common man every dog has his day......YES,VIRU WE ALL INDIANS ARE BEHIND THE TEAM AND WE WILL SUPPORT YOU.its not that india win the wc and we take them on our heads for the victory and when whitewashed throw chappals or something on them.IF U ARE AN INDIAN,BE NATIONALISTIC AND SUPPORT THEM IN THEIR BAD TIMES.wait for the time to cross and see india will definitely work upon and win everywhere-home & abroad...........

  • on January 28, 2012, 8:18 GMT

    What Sehwag has said in the interview says all about the Indian's all about INDIVIDUALS not the TEAM...agree an individual has to correct his flaws but what about team??? can a TEAM depend that much on an individual so that it will wait till that individual correct his flaws or team look for other individual who has no flaws or less flaws???

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

    8 Tests in the last 6 months, equating to a maximum of 40 days of cricket. 40 days of abysmal cricket. 8 tests in which they did not even put up a whimper. 40 days of cricket in which they were annihilated and massacred with great applomb. And all Sehwag can say is that they won 2-0 at home. They have lost all sense of humility. Yes Sehwag, everyone was behind you when you won. And they would have been in that same position if you had put up a fight. But instead, over the 40 days you and the team displayed a level of cricket that was beyond belief; a brand of cricket that was painful to watch. The only good thing about it is that you cannot go any lower. D Fletcher, the ball is in your court.

  • on January 28, 2012, 8:17 GMT

    HARIS IZHAR from Pakistan. Please its my kind heart request for all Indian fans that please don't get emotional win or loss is a part of game and don't forget they are world champions whatever if they are playing at home or overseas it happens, but these are your prime heroes and don't make them feel guilty they are down it you guys who can make them up by bucking them again.

  • on January 28, 2012, 8:17 GMT

    guyz guyz wait for the IPL then everything will be alright.....and india also dont have international tours in the upcoming couple of indian fans cheer up ......and sachin can get his 100th hundred in asia cup because india wii play against bangladesh.........sehwag just one word for u let your bat all the talking making lame excuses didnot help your cause.......

  • on January 28, 2012, 8:16 GMT

    What Sehwag means by 'fans supporting the team' might be that fans should go and do prayers for god to get the team out of this situation?

  • cricketpurist on January 28, 2012, 8:16 GMT

    Dear Mr. Sehwag plz understand there is a big diffrence btwn 2-0 and a 4-0 defeat and also remember aussies came close to winning in Mohali during that 2-0 victory which you were talking about when did you come so close to winning in the entire 4-0 sereies. your crazy statement made in the press conference is more hurting to Indian fans than the game which you all played if you c'ant justify your performance just shutup like Sachin beacuse silence is Golden.

  • x-squire-x on January 28, 2012, 8:16 GMT

    pathetic... typical tho, so not surprising.

  • Joby_George on January 28, 2012, 8:15 GMT

    Sehwag is a good batsman but a very bad spokesmen. His comments are always childish and immatured. To save indian team, we need to give chance to the youngsters and to save sachin, Indian must play some match against Bangladesh or zimbabwe to get his 100th ton, which he is dreaming a lot and is ruining his concentration.

  • cric4lyf on January 28, 2012, 8:12 GMT

    now indian channels showing T20 heroics of indian team and loss of aussies...they think that they can beat aust in T20...hahahah.u ll get beaten again ....

  • rahulcricket007 on January 28, 2012, 8:12 GMT


  • Khiladiyon_ka_khiladi on January 28, 2012, 8:10 GMT

    Sehwag and other team members you ppl are not reacting like a fighting player at all. you say we faced best attack ever? you are wrong, Aussie are still to find good bowlers like Mc grath and warne Its you who made them impressive.all tracks suddenly became bowling paradise when you came to bat. shame on you,too much cricket for money but nothing for country's pride?? the real thing is that you ppl are already tired and anybody can fail you if you are tired, you ppl are just trying to hide your weakness. if cricket is too much than there must be plenty of players, BCCI must reserve you guys for International games young guys did better than old just because they are young and this time full of energy but too much cricket will suck them too work on your weakness and there is no harm in regretting, it will make you think and stronger. BCCI must control on too much cricket and they should save players for International games. Save your energy and win Games

  • jamfai on January 28, 2012, 8:10 GMT

    Is Sehwag living in the real world? When India beat Australia 2-0 in 2010, they beat Aussie by 1 wicket and 7 wickets respectively. I would argue that the series should have ended as 1-1 if not for brilliance of VVS Laxman and Ishant at the end. I dont remember Aussie getting this type of drubbing ever. I mean to lose 2 tests by an innings margin and the last one, had Australia not batted would have also been an innings margin. India team needs to get it right abroad. They have played good cricket at home and some decent cricket in SA, but of late they have struggled big time and they just need to admit it. Also can you remind me when was the last time Tendulkar made a 100?? And prior to this series people were asking for Ponting to retire?!

  • csowmi7 on January 28, 2012, 8:10 GMT

    Inappropriate remark by sehwag given the circumstances. Yes we have done well at home but there is no cricket team in the top 5 rankings that has not done well at home. This cricket team carries the hope and dreams of 1.2 billion people and to see such a manner of defeat on 8 occasions is truly preposterous. The members of this team should be accountable to its loving fans. As an Indian cricket I am absolutely gutted and shocked after india has been a top notch side for the past 10 years.

  • on January 28, 2012, 8:10 GMT

    he lost his mind...they were very much competitive then,,,this is meek surrender...he needs time out of the team or must go down the order...he and gambhir are one of worst opening combo in facing swinging ball

  • on January 28, 2012, 8:10 GMT

    There is a term in Psychiatry : DELUSION OF GRANDEUR ............@ Mr. Sehwag Virendar..........

    I think India dont have capable enough batsman to face bowlers outside subcontinent, and they also don't have bowlers to take 20 wickets of the opposition outside INDIA........ and it is not good for cricket or India to keep on losing in other countries , that is not good for moral too...... India shud play against associate teams to get fit to play in other test countries....... even Ireland is better outside their country...........:)

  • on January 28, 2012, 8:10 GMT

    Someone ask Sehwag if Indian team is ordinary and not Bangladesh's.. Remember his comment on Bangladesh team?

  • Vnott on January 28, 2012, 8:10 GMT

    There are a few things which Sehwag is spot on and a few things where he is wrong. A) It is true that fans and media should not put so much pressure on the players that they find it difficult to perform. B) India defeated Australia 2-0 in India. It does tell that pitches and conditions and possibly toss plays a key role C) Sehwag and Gambhir have been failing to give a start putting pressure on the middle order. If oneyou observe our overseas wins there is a pattern, you will find that Akaash Chopra, Dinesh Karthik, Gambhir himself at times have all played the foil to Sehwag and the starts have always been good. Clearly this is a issue D) Dravid always played the anchor and allowed others to settle in. His failure along with the openers compounded the problem. The only fifty from Dravid opened an opportunity to win in first test.. Ofcourse Lax, Dravid and Sachin r getting old and we shd not play more than 2 of them in any game.....Rotate them. Dhonis captaincy needs a rethink too..

  • nandooo on January 28, 2012, 8:08 GMT

    VERY disappointed with what Sehwag has to say. Given Sehwag talks straight from his heart, this is even more concerning. This clearly is not a problem at individual's level but Sehwag says so. It only means he is not in any mood to get to the root. I hope that is not how the other individuals and rest of the team handles the situation. Entire team was clearly lacking confidence and self belief. Sehwag should quickly look at the scorecards of the matches we won in India and then tell us if that 2-0 is same as this 0-4! Australia were a depleted side but they put up an awesome fight. Australia were expected to lose in India that series but they almost drew, if not for Laxman. We were expected to easily win in Australia this time but our performance was the worst ever - was HUMILIATING! add to it, the recent England memories! How can you (and Gambhir) talk about the Home records and pitches as a defence? This attitude of yours is the reason why fans are angry and unsupportive

  • jakigui on January 28, 2012, 8:08 GMT

    so pathetic!!!....i think he is just trying to make himself happy.........

  • on January 28, 2012, 8:08 GMT

    If you keep saying, I won at home, I won at home, then why you want to travel abroad, be at home itself, If you represent a nation, you should have a broad mind in focus to make. Everyone will be strong at home, and if you keep prolong like this, then no use of it. Please selectors make bold decisions, if u lose with all the senior players, y u can't bring in fresh blood....for ex. rohit sharma can't get a place in playing eleven, coz of laxman, if they keep occupied like this, then we can't get players for future. the caliber in making team or nation success is consistency... if u lose at england, if u lose at australia, then no use...losing is part of game, but playing hard and well needs to be there, that's what missing here...please bring in players like, pujara, rahane, badrinath, mukund, saxena, test with them, if you don't have fear or wisdom for you're place in the team, you won't perform,

  • on January 28, 2012, 8:08 GMT

    Sehwag should better revisit the scorecards of that 2 match series in case his memory serves him short. Had India put in the performance like the Aussies did in those two tests and then lost, there wouldn't have been any lack of backing from Indian public that he is so desperately begging. He says this happens with every team and every player. Can he show us one top side in the world (India were number 1 when this rot started) that lost 8 consecutive tests so badly abroad?

  • dr.mehraj on January 28, 2012, 8:06 GMT

    yes india is completely white now...........whitewashed!!

  • trenta01 on January 28, 2012, 8:06 GMT

    reasonably sure they scraped in the first test in India by one wicket, no comparison between the two performances. But keep living in denial Virender the rest of the world doesn't mind

  • sankar8000 on January 28, 2012, 8:05 GMT

    I Hope Sehwag and his team will do well in t20 & Odi series!

  • truthhh on January 28, 2012, 8:04 GMT

    india can win in only india,if they go overseas,they definitely lose..there a many reasons for that.1-indian pitches(dull pitches,only good for batsman),2-indian crowdsupport(they shout all the time,not like in other countries).unfortunately these are not available in these 2 points are not applicable t all cricket playing countires,e.g-england gonna win 2nd test,srilanka could win in durban.Virender Sehwag can not say that they lost or got whitewash,because of they are not playing in with home condition

  • on January 28, 2012, 8:04 GMT

    There was nothing actually. This series never happened. No one watched. No one won. No one lost. 'Coz no one actually played. So, why all this fuss for nothing? But why should we support a bunch of who are so unapologetic? It's almost as if they are refusing to admit to their abjectness, as a reaction, a backlash to the media and fan anger directed at them. They would have won our support and sympathy, had they admitted to their weaknesses and said they agreed that they had 'embarrassed' the whole nation, and we definitely would have given them a tearful farewell, had some of them had announced their time at the right moments. But SORRY, they are not going to get any of this. Deny your responsibility, and we deny you our support too.

  • ansram on January 28, 2012, 8:04 GMT

    I wish our players would frankly admit that they are currently playing very badly and resolve to improve their technique and temperament, by using the services of better coaches/training methods. Referring to home records and past laurels are hardly the need of the hour. Blaming the "time" and "stars" is delusional, at best.

  • on January 28, 2012, 8:03 GMT

    billion of indians are with you,win or loss its a part of a game ,we will support u

  • baskar_guha on January 28, 2012, 8:03 GMT

    The truth is somewhere in between what the irate media and fans say and what Sehwag says. Calm and clinical minds needs to see what went wrong and what positives there were and build from there. This is a down moment but not the end of the world for Indian cricket.

  • indianpunter on January 28, 2012, 8:03 GMT

    Someone said Sehwag has an uncluttered mind.Now we know why. There isnt anything there to clutter in his brain. Denial has now given way to boorishness. The first step in correcting a problem is to identify that there is one. God help India. oh, wait.. even he is in denial.

  • on January 28, 2012, 8:02 GMT

    Arrogance diminishes wisdom. We 've given them a long rope. Ignore 'em and the game that made them turn into demi-gods. Dont watch it or follow it. Its money which makes him bark like a mad dog

  • on January 28, 2012, 7:58 GMT

    NO fan can support you after such a humiliating show. We as fans wonder whether you too get humiliated with defeats or is it just the fans? Because it does not look so in your performance, committment and determination. I have witnessed similar performances from India in 1998-2000 years.

    Such a shame that team is not able to cross 200 run mark in test matches with Sachin, Dravid, Laxman, Sehwag, Gambhir and Kohli in the team.

    SHAME ON YOU GUYS!!! I hope you are welcomed in India with chappals and rotten eggs. Better thing would be to show these guys the Indian ocean and let the new Indian team to take over.

  • on January 28, 2012, 7:55 GMT

    Yes, Mr. Sehwag, you may be right. But how many tests you won abroad (please don't count Zimbabwe and my country Bangladesh). Give us a stat of your win against good teams like Australia, England, South Africa and Newzealand.

    It is very easy to show some series win at home, but don't forget you lost some tests against South Africa and Australia at home, against which you don't have that much win against them on their home soil.

  • Nigels on January 28, 2012, 7:54 GMT

    What a dum answer...! we also won 2-0 at about losing twice within 3days say to you...these are jokers really

  • on January 28, 2012, 7:53 GMT

    Denial?! ................

  • pavan210 on January 28, 2012, 7:52 GMT

    this is the exact reason fans are against you...even after loosing so badly you are commenting that we won 2-0 in were backing you after dismissal performance in England...8 consecutive losses and that to with a huge margin...still you dont feel ashamed...still trying to live on past glory...accepting mistakes is an easy get through...if it takes 16 innings to figure what exactly you need to do thn thr is definately some problem with you...even a team like WI with so many problems and in experienced side improved their performance in 3 were with you throughout...dont expect they wil be any longer...!!!

  • on January 28, 2012, 7:52 GMT

    Did someone ask Sehwag about the same team coming so clos to losing to the West Indies in the third Test last year at home? They were also quite happy with a 1-0 win in the Carribean and shamefully played out a draw in the final Test. India can't show their home record for ever. Players like Hayden and Gilchrist worked hard on their game against spin and scored loads of runs in India.

  • on January 28, 2012, 7:46 GMT

    the mark of true world champions would be to win at home and abroad. until and unless indian pitches are not revised to accomodate foreign conditions and aid bowlers, india will never produce strong bowlers and will always be vulnerable to whitewashes such as that in england and austrailia.

  • on January 28, 2012, 7:46 GMT

    4-0 in Eng & 4-0 now in Aus yet these players have the guts to speak like that,aus though lost 2-0 in india was not one sided series bcoz both matches were close and they came with a very new team unlike india who inspite of so many experienced players r just struggling matches after matches...with these attitude indian team wont get better,and Mr Sehwag u r just a flat trach bully who plays well only in subcontinent,u r utter flop in SA,clueless in Eng and now shameless in Aus...RIP Indian Team

  • gabbsandhu on January 28, 2012, 7:44 GMT

    loss or win is a part of game. don't worry, all indians are with you n will support our legends. our team did very well in past n will be no. 1 again...

  • Hawk_Pk on January 28, 2012, 7:43 GMT

    how bizarre, can it be....

  • darth_whore on January 28, 2012, 7:42 GMT

    The solution is to build a new team. One which brings in budding young talents hungry for success. They may fail but will get better after each match. Once these young players settle down then a perfect Test XI can be decided which will produce results overseas (mainly in SA, England and Australia). Dhoni should be dropped from Tests. He contributes nothing to the team. Make him a spokesperson instead. He is good at that. Dravid, VVS and Sachin should opt out of their own and give way to others.

  • on January 28, 2012, 7:40 GMT

    This the worst performance of India. I have not seen any contest between India and Australia. All the four matches are one sided game. We don't want India to be lion in the subcontinent and mouse in over seas. They need to perform all over the world if they are really good team. No doubt this is the best test team for India but it is unfortunate that they could not perform. BCCI needs to prepare hard and bounce pitches in India for practice so that our bats man will not face any problem outside subcontinent. Also India need couple of good fast bowlers to win the test matches. Recent test series against Australia in which Australia beat India 4-0 shows India plays such a way that they are worse then Zimbabwe team.

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

    Ha ha ha ha! It's like sitting at a comedy club, listening to each Indian player, stand up & start dishing out excuse after excuse. They are so good at making us laugh, they just might lose their day job of playing cricket. I feel sorry for the regula Indian fan, who worship these demi gods, who are stubborn & stick to their guns, get paid in millions thanks to you fans & have the nerve to say there's nothing wrong with the team. It's just a passing thing, next year it will be better. I just hope Indian fans will not start flaming us for pointing this out. Get mad at your own players, because you deserve better. You put them up in such pedestals, yet they don't seem to care. Indian fans, you too should not bring up stats, specially home stands as excuses on Cricinfo. Demand more, sack a few guys, show BCCI that the hard earned money you pay for IPL needs to be used better. I am a SL fan, but I feel for you & but also thankful to your team, cause I've almost forgotten our own problems!

  • blakmamba on January 28, 2012, 7:38 GMT

    guys u shud nt frget the contributions of dravid and laxman to indian cricket...just bcoz of two series bak 2 bak failure we cant tell them this is enof.. i still think that India can bounce with d same team...they jst need some time....Indians r constantly playing crikt and dats not gud fr d plyrs......dnt lose faith....

  • Hraig on January 28, 2012, 7:38 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

    I don't know what to say to the wisdom of Sehwag, 0-8 Overseas is not just about time being not good. Its time for changes in the team. ""We were doing well in 2007, 2008, 2009. We performed really well as a team and as a batting unit" Agree but thats not an execuse if you fail 2nd time in a row 0-4. Revamp is needed in BCCI and in Team INDIA..

  • on January 28, 2012, 7:36 GMT

    West Indies won two World Cups in a row. Doesn't count for squat. Just like this statement from a sore loser.

  • on January 28, 2012, 7:35 GMT

    But you had lost 4-0 in england and 4-0 in australia.

  • sachin1111989 on January 28, 2012, 7:33 GMT

    Well, the title sums up the attitude...doesn't it? More than the losses and the margins of defeat, I am disappointed with the attitude of India towards test cricket of late. We are on the verge of losing three great players. And the successors of these greats don't seem to have the correct attitude..Good luck Indian cricket!!

  • BillyCC on January 28, 2012, 7:33 GMT

    India have no heart. That is the problem. Australia lost 2-0 in India but Mohali was close enough to almost make it 1-1. India have now lost 8 nil with innings defeats and ten wicket defeats.

  • BradHinds on January 28, 2012, 7:32 GMT

    Ridiculous. Australia did quite well when they toured India in 2010, and came awfully damn close to winning the Mohali Test. Their loss was hardly as comprehensively or as humiliating as India's this series.

  • on January 28, 2012, 7:30 GMT

    No Excuses Mr.Sehwag, Laxman, Gambhir, Ishant should be dropped from test squad. Mr.Laxman, you have done enough for India, now, it's time for rest. Mr.Gambir, you also need rest and regain your form which lost during England series, spend some quality time with domestic matches. Ishant, you are not unlucky player, however, you are not quite able to take wickets and time for playing some domestic matches. BCCI, open your eyes otherwise you are going to kill golden duck.

  • on January 28, 2012, 7:29 GMT

    So Mr.Sehwag that doesnt Mean u shud Lose 4 - 0 in Engaland & Australia....

  • on January 28, 2012, 7:28 GMT

    What a lame excuse!! Both the matches were close matches; and in this series India has been THRASHED..... First,Gauti made an excuse about pitches being fully in favour of the Aussies. Then what made Indian batting lineup collapse like pack of cards in Sydney n Adelaide.

    Seniors should retire and make way for juniors and bring one lefthander in the middle-order

  • on January 28, 2012, 7:27 GMT

    amazing. 8 away losses in a row should be humiliating enough for anyone with a sense of shame and spur them to make radical changes. what's worse, these losses were uniformly huge with only an individual shining effort here or there to show for almost a year. and still nothing should be changed! Viru, you are part of a team. your individual failure to adapt and play according to the situation means Team India gets a bad start - and then they're almost always struggling to post a competitive score. in my opinion you should be dropped from the Test team, along with Dravid and Laxman. its just not good enough to say "we performed well at home!" this is not the way no. 1 or 2 teams approach any sport. I hope BCCI the selectors will show some steel now and rebuild - yeah, I'm desperate. Sachin and Gambhir (he should get at least another series) are experienced enough to form the core of the new Test team.

  • B.C.G on January 28, 2012, 7:27 GMT

    India's 2-0 win was a close affair unlike this 4-0 thrashing.Australia competed very well in India while the Indians were hopeless down under.

  • on January 28, 2012, 7:27 GMT

    perfect...viru..this spirit will help the team in T20 & ODIs.........!!!! chak de india...come on bleed the blue.......

  • on January 28, 2012, 7:26 GMT

    Shame On U guyz stop talking like kids and dont give give no excuses...........

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

    Shame on Sehwag. Do not look for excuses. Look for solutions. There is NO way Sehwag can replace MS as the skipper. Maybe in two years time, Kohli would be ready to take the title as skipper(he was the U19 captain anyway). But for now, the only candidates for captain are MS, Gambhir out of which MS is far better.

  • on January 28, 2012, 7:23 GMT

    Surprising, how this disgraceful type of statements they are still giving. No regret or glimpse of it can one gets from their statements. Actually they know they are the children of those parents (BCCI) who hides all the wrong doings of their child, and parents also know that these cows (players) are the one who gives plenty of milk (money) for them, so there is like a mutual understanding. As far as fans or experts are concern they themselves stop screaming about this after couple of days or months when they will once again prove themselves as the "Lions of Home" by beating some less ranked team. However I think they shouldn't be more contended with it, because with these same guys and pattern on which the team in going on, it will not be a surprise to see that they could lose this tag also. Though the acting captain has recalled the stats of home win but I can't recall that so convincingly they defeated a better ranked team as they are defeated.

  • 5wombats on January 28, 2012, 7:22 GMT

    These sorts of comments should come as no surprise, especially the one about "well, we won 2-0 in india". Ok Mr King-Pair Sehwag - you're absolutely right; this whitewash, and the one in England, don't count, because they are not in india. That's the spirit! Just bury your head in the sand why don't you. Incredible.

  • Kashi0127 on January 28, 2012, 7:21 GMT

    The arrogance of th man - get rid of Sehwag first!

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

    Viru has been one of the super star batsman India is having but unfortunately after these performances I am really amazed that he still hopes to get selected in next tours of Australia or England or South Africa or New Zealand. Plz chk Viru's stats in cricinfo he had done well only in Australia(PAST) but even Australia has ditched him now, so plz give somebody else chance in future. Further why Team Management waits for a single change till the series completes. Why can't they had given Rohit Sharma or Ajinkya Rahane a chance.....

  • here2rock on January 28, 2012, 7:17 GMT

    It is not a personal thing but a team thing and infrastructure in India. India's problem lies with dead tracks in India and obession with the short form of the game. If the play T20 for two months of the year and unlimited number of ODIs then expect the same results.

  • on January 28, 2012, 7:17 GMT

    Don't be kiddish VS we also won in India 2-0 makes me laugh in 4 match they (AUS) draw 2 matches and lost least they showed some fight. What happen to us???? we can't able to draw at-least 1 match but we taking too much nothing in the scorecard... just try to accept the fault with us or else your team will loose in T20 and in ODI

  • Sporty-critic on January 28, 2012, 7:16 GMT

    Even though, the captain says, India does not need any changes, it would be ideal to rest the top players and provide the much needed opportunities to the youngsters. Else, we will be in the same state where we are now, even after a decade, we will find the same middle order, in their late forties, performing well in India and pathetically, overseas.

    Lets drill some common sense into whoever is responsible and make some logical decisions, which is the need of the hour.

  • on January 28, 2012, 7:13 GMT

    This is so stupid to Justify this failure. Entire World pointing India that they are are capable of winning in Sub continent only.. This is statement is something like Accepting the statement.

  • on January 28, 2012, 7:12 GMT

    Australia beat England 5-0 in 2006, that makes us number one, right?

  • on January 28, 2012, 7:09 GMT

    Indian pitches are the most batsman friendly pitches in the world and add the lightning fast outfields to that. that's why indian batsman have high averages. if every batsman play as many tests as indian batsman play in india averages would be in high 60's

  • Mervo on January 28, 2012, 7:08 GMT

    Still denial? After two successive white washes and 9 Tests lost by huge margins, still denial of the problem? So on the dust bowls of India they are still 'lions'? "no technical flaws"? Are these the same players with such poor footwork and bats out in front of their pads? There are major technical flaws. Clearly India will never repair its pride until such denial is stopped and replaced by re-training and strategy. Too many old, slow players to a faster kind of cricket.

  • ForgeNZ on January 28, 2012, 7:08 GMT

    The thing is Sewag you have your head in the sand. India were not even remotly competitive during the series. Not at all. Your team was an embarresment. You didnt perform for one innings !! India No 1 in India. Ha ha aha

  • on January 28, 2012, 7:04 GMT

    This is plain hilarious...if everyone is doing everything right and if this is the best cricket that this Indian cricket team can play in overseas condition when time is not right I think we should stop wasting viewer's money and wait till the time is right to play cricket again...there is no point in wasting crores of money to get whitewashed...sit back at home and wait till the right time

  • on January 28, 2012, 7:01 GMT

    Excuses, excuses. The Indian batsmen DID have technical problems. They showed that they were not quite prepared to face a quality pace attack on a seaming wicket.

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

    I can't believe I am writing this but I actually feel sorry for the Indian fans. How can the team improve with this sort of mentality? To STAY no1 you must seek continual improvement. Such an attitude of entitlement from this bunch of players.

  • priceless1 on January 28, 2012, 6:58 GMT

    Excuses excuses and excuses.....after the England tour the excuse was " we were playing with out our match winners" ......and in here it is because we are playing in Australia ??....but before the series they were challenging the Australians saying how weak the OZ team is and how tough the Indian team is ...bla bla bla ...BUT the reality is they just got white wash from an Ordinary Australians team who had just ordinary tours in SA and NZ prier to this series.....

  • on January 28, 2012, 6:56 GMT

    There is one big problem with the Indian batsmens' technique, they are not equipped to handle bouncy wickets in australia, the sooner they take responsibility for that , the better and I will say again, it is time the curators started preparing bouncy wickets over there, not only to help the batsmen to prepare for australian tours, but to help their current crop of fast bowlers. There are more good fast bowlers than spinners coming out of india now.

  • Cpt.Meanster on January 28, 2012, 6:56 GMT

    Well Mr. Sehwag is only saying things what his bosses want him to say. By bosses I mean the BCCI. The Indian team will NEVER learn because they DO NOT represent the aspirations of a billion people. This is a BCCI team that plays for monetary gains and fame. They don't give a DAMN about what ordinary Indians feel. To them this is another foreign tour on the back of tax payers' money. Then we have the IPL coming up in 2 months time. Soon they will forget about this whitewash and every dirt will be swept under the rug. The same routine will continue; India will continue to dominate in the subcontinent and then get whipped overseas; then we will have Sehwag tell us all that India will win games when teams visit the subcontinent. This is a never ending cycle. The BCCI will NEVER implement tough decisions. The other day Niranjan Shah was speaking on NDTV. The man has NO CLUE to what he was telling. There was no concern in his voice. It's very clear the BCCI don't care.

  • dunger.bob on January 28, 2012, 6:52 GMT

    He may well be right, but I don't think so. .... when you ask a bloke who averaged 19 or so for the series whether there ought to be changes, you would hardly expect to be too enthusiastic about the idea. .. its a bit like asking the dude with the noose around his neck whether there ought to be a hanging today. ... two years of home tests is not going to fix the cracks.

  • on January 28, 2012, 6:46 GMT

    When aus whitewash 2-0 in India,fans are cheering.Now ind 4-0 in aus,fans are not cheering.It is part of game(win or loss),we should support our indian team.India have next 2 years at home years, after that dravid,laxman should retire.

  • on January 28, 2012, 6:45 GMT

    veeru fact remains a fact.... at least australians gave india a tough fight in the nail bitting finish in mohali (october 2010) where india won by 1 wkt.... and 2nd test went into final session of day5 and what happened in melbourne(4 day match) ... sydney(4 days match) perth( 2 and half days) adelaide ( 4 days and 1 session) out of which 2 defeats are by innings and the one at mcg by 122 runs and last test that was supposed to be lost by innings... thanks to clarke for not enforcing the follow on.... and making such comments will depict u as a laughing stock for everyone....

  • tmd1 on January 28, 2012, 6:41 GMT

    I feel so sorry for cricket,India believe because they earn more money, they have the biggest influence.With this attitude of we won 2-0 last time and just wait to you come over here, cricket is being run by a country that is deluded and unable to see the big picture.The old saying is "with great power comes greater responsibility ' unfortunately India is backward in bringing the game forward and only look after their own interests.To loose 80 wickets to Australia's 56 (18 of those the inexperienced top 3 batsmen),blame green tops even though Australia batted longer,faced more overs and made more runs and then say the batting line up is ok must send shivers down every Indian supporters back.

  • myers74 on January 28, 2012, 6:37 GMT

    I have mentioned previously that India will not be a great team unless it can win on all manner of pitches. The BCCI is not helping India by scheduling 2 years of home series. That will not help the team grow and be excellent in all conditions. Very sad. As an Aussie I was really looking forward to the final swansongs of Dravid and Laxan who I rate extremely highly. They, and Tendulkar of course, have always played exceptionally well in Australia, fighting hard. It is a shame that they did not this time but that is the way of the game. More concerning is India's lack of quality bowlers. I wonder how Haberjan would have played. He always lifts against the Aussies.

  • BRattan on January 28, 2012, 6:36 GMT

    Bury your head in sand, and pretend nothing happened. Losing 4-0 to a relatively young team is a shame. Even more shame is the manner you lost. You and most of your team do not know how to handle pace and bounce. Hit few good scores in flat sub-con wickets, and drown yourself in glory. You, your overglorified old team mates and the board should go, and make way for younger cricketers and ex hardened-cricketers on the board. Finally stop IPL.

  • AidanFX on January 28, 2012, 6:35 GMT

    Aus won 5-0 in ashes.... Then lost is 2-1 in a tight series... then lost comprehensively 3-1, well when that happened there was no ref 5-0 result, rather there was the argus review. Ind will lose in their homeland if they think they will automatically perform better at home. There are reasons they lost and they ought explore them.

  • on January 28, 2012, 6:35 GMT

    Sehwag is damn right. Its true v dint play well.but indian fans & media r very fickle. NOT LONG AGO WHEN THIS TEAM WAS NO 1 test team & did win the WC 2011, they were revered with praises. NOW WHEN THEY LOSE, they r literally murdered as if they have never lost abroad. this only shows how immature the indian media & fans r.

  • johnathonjosephs on January 28, 2012, 6:35 GMT

    Uh is this a joke? After being like 120-8 in Mohali, and reaching something like 240 or something, that is not a convincing win and Australia SHOULD have won that match. Meaning that the 2-0 could have very very easily have been a 1-1. In the last 8 matches India played, did India ever play any close matches? I was under the impression that in those 8 matches, if it wasn't an innings defeat, it was a 200+ run defeat

  • on January 28, 2012, 6:34 GMT

    Cry Baby Sehwag not fit to be a captain...

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

    Mr. Sehwag, Definitely we will back the team when you have put up some fight. But to the agony of the fans, you meekly surrendered in all the matches. All the senior guys played irresponsibly and now you people asking for Fans' support........... Shame on you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • on January 28, 2012, 6:30 GMT

    cheer up guys!!!!!!!!!!!!!we are here to give the support ,we all know how capable our indian team is so no matter you guys prove that in the coming one day and t20 series that India still the best team to challenge......ALL THE BEST FOR ALL YOU GUYS...

  • on January 28, 2012, 6:28 GMT

    Instead of admitting to the fact that they were beaten badly and with old troops on there side ,this Indian batsman are in denial that they need to start facing fast bowlers and ALSO THAT IT IS TIME TO HANG THEIR BOOTS for so called experienced batting line up.

  • on January 28, 2012, 6:26 GMT

    Instead of saying to other teams we will see you in our backyard, Indian team should try to improve themselves on wickets which are alien to them. Australia, England, etc. made it a point to improve in Subcontinent and their records bear testimony to that improvement. England and Australia even if they get beaten in Subcontinent, they do compete. Infact England has drawn a Series in India and won in SL and Pak. Even in current test match against Pak they are in a strong position. Aus on the other hand have beaten India, Pak and SL(even few months back). I don't remember India beating any good team as vehemently EVEN AT HOME in past decade as they have been beaten in Eng & Australia. And Gambhir wants flat wickets to score runs on. What happened to him in Adelaide ? Wasnt that a Flat wicket ? Basically he wants a wicket where ball comes straight up and down from fast bowler so that his pokes get him runs and Adelaide had few cms. of deviation. The main challenge is to win away not home

  • on January 28, 2012, 6:26 GMT

    With the sort of people currently in charge at BCCI, none of these results should come as a surprise.

  • sawifan on January 28, 2012, 6:21 GMT

    Yes you won 2-0 in India, but the manner of defeat was nowhere no the same. In fact the 1st team Australia probably should have won, and India got home by 1 wicket. Australia, make that most other teams never make these excuses. If India are going to bounce back, they take a long hard look at the team NOW, not from the past. The talent is undoubtedly there, but the attitude of the Indian team is terribly wrong at present.

  • on January 28, 2012, 6:20 GMT

    yes...we beat dem 2-0 in India...dose wer very close games

    But not by big margins as dey defeated us.

  • Tlotoxl on January 28, 2012, 6:17 GMT

    ROTFLMAO you cant just go on about winning at home, you have to prove you mettle away as well, England have won a series in Aus, drew in SA, and looking good to level the series in UAE, meanwhile India have not just lost a series because of one bad session like WI-End a few years ago, they have been absolutly humilated, losing 4 of the last 8 by an Innings, that is a thrashing.

  • Hodra99 on January 28, 2012, 6:16 GMT

    Sehwag still doesn't get be number 1 you have to be able to win away from home (they didn't even compete!), not just be bullies at home. This attitude seems to be rampant through the Indian team, i.e. Kohli and Sharma telling Warner in Perth. No wonder they got flogged.

  • on January 28, 2012, 6:14 GMT

    You can do nothing else without making faul comments. A 8-0 whitewash from England & Australia cant prevent Sewag from commenting. Dont you have a simple common sense? All know you have great records. But, anyone talking about your records first say the word "in India". The most faul player I have ever seen !!

  • on January 28, 2012, 6:14 GMT

    What an idiotic excuse...When India beat Australia in India we won a Test Match with 1 wicket remaining and that test match could have gone either way. And in the other one also India took just 17 runs 1st innings lead. It wasn't as one sided as this series.Which Test match in England and Australia could have gone either way ? Except maybe in 1 session in Melbourne and 1 innings in Trent bridge, India never even looked like competing let alone match going either way. What is Mr.Sehwag talking about ? He needs to go to Nets and learn how to play fast bowling on pitches where arms and legs of fast bowlers are not cut away like on subcontinent pitches because his wild wafts outside off stump don't work on wickets where fast bowlers actually get some help. And his Partner Gambhir wants rank turners. To remind him, India won by just 7 RUNS when a Rank Turner was produced in Mumbai in Aus tour of 2004-05. Australia's or England's Record in India is not as poor as India's in these countries

  • on January 28, 2012, 6:10 GMT

    Dear Sehwag: I cannot agree with you saying the time is not good for Indian team. Losing 8 test matches in a row, there is no escuse; this only shows that the Indian team is not capable of playing test matches in lively wickets. That was the case fro Indian team since very long, the only deifference was the margins of defeat were not such embarrassing. Even in flat wickets like that in Adelaide, the Indian super star batsmen failed!! Despite repeated call from supporters and pundits alike, Laxman was still kept in the final test match. For me, Laxman has always been a liability in the team. Also, other things exposed are the lack of venom in the Indian bowling attack, due to the lacklustre bowlers like Ishant Sharma. He simply does not have the energy level to sustain a full test match bowling quite a number of overs. As far as Sachin is concerned, he has always been affected with the psychological thing associated with his landmark centuries of centuries.

  • andrew-schulz on January 28, 2012, 6:09 GMT

    The naivety of this Indian group is astonishing! Stop comparing the overseas performances of India and Australia! You just dig a bigger hole for yourself. India won by one wicket at Bangalore, after a plumb lbw had been turned down which would have been the win for Australia. Australia have always been strongly competitive in India, with the possible exception of 1997/98. Now India have lost 4-0 in Australia for the fourth time (out of 7 where that result was possible). India have never looked like beating Australia by a similar margin.

  • on January 28, 2012, 6:09 GMT

    veeru fact remains a fact.... at least australians gave india a tough fight in the nail bitting finish in mohali (october 2010) where india won by 1 wkt.... and 2nd test went into final session of day5 and what happened in melbourne(4 day match) ... sydney(4 days match) perth( 2 and half days) adelaide ( 4 days and 1 session) out of which 2 defeats are by innings and the one at mcg by 122 runs and last test that was supposed to be lost by innings... thanks to clarke for not enforcing the follow on.... and making such comments will depict u as a laughing stock for everyone....

  • Andross on January 28, 2012, 6:09 GMT

    Sehwag should stop making excuses for his team, and it's not true to say that other countries don't can their players when performing badly, England after losing in the '07 Ashes returned home to posters of them being burnt, to a nation ashamed that their team had done so badly, Australia after the last ashes canned each and every one of our players as being hopeless, even some that weren't that bad. Heads rolled, a review was conducted and we have come back a stronger team for it. India, even after this defeat, are still trying to make excuses, 'We were unlucky,' 'The pitches don't suit us.' until the team and the BCCI admit that they have a problem, and it needs to be addressed, or India will never return to no 1. "It's feeling good in the nets, we've just been unlucky." very quickly starts to ring sour.

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

    Its true... i am supporting you & Indian Team...

  • luks on January 28, 2012, 6:05 GMT

    "Because we were playing the same team in the last couple of years and we became the No. 1 team with the same batting line-up, the same bowling line-up." This is precisely why wars are lost, civilizations collapse and was also the cause of the recent financial crisis. When people who have done well in the past stick to their guns instead of looking at new information objectively.

  • on January 28, 2012, 6:04 GMT

    Its sad to see The best batting team in the world is falling to put over 350 runs in the 1st Innings in each of the 4Test, May be Dhoni has lost his rabbit Foot can somebody please find it.

  • Sanj747 on January 28, 2012, 6:01 GMT

    Very poor response from a player so out of touch both in the mind and on the field.

  • indianpunter on January 28, 2012, 6:00 GMT

    Someone once said of Sehwag. " uncluttered mind". There isnt anything there to clutter, is there? I dont think Indian fans deserve to be subjected to these moronic ramblings after the carnage in the field. Nothing will change. Collective denial works. Just another few weeks to IPL>.bring it on !

  • Cheekaaa on January 28, 2012, 5:59 GMT

    Sehwag must understand one thing.. losing by 1 wkt and losing by Inns defeat is different. aussied lost one match during that 2-0 by 1 wkt with a new side after loosing too may giants of the team.. here sehwah said before the series, India strongest team in years to play in aus. what happened??? you people good over the years???now time to go???

  • prao81 on January 28, 2012, 5:53 GMT

    Indian cricket will never improve. Just saw Rajiv Shuklas comment on TV " We took corrective measures after England series , that is why we won 5-0 against england in odi's and also against WI " If we have people like this at the helm ,test cricket will die soon in India , does he know the diff b/w test and ODI

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  • prao81 on January 28, 2012, 5:53 GMT

    Indian cricket will never improve. Just saw Rajiv Shuklas comment on TV " We took corrective measures after England series , that is why we won 5-0 against england in odi's and also against WI " If we have people like this at the helm ,test cricket will die soon in India , does he know the diff b/w test and ODI

  • Cheekaaa on January 28, 2012, 5:59 GMT

    Sehwag must understand one thing.. losing by 1 wkt and losing by Inns defeat is different. aussied lost one match during that 2-0 by 1 wkt with a new side after loosing too may giants of the team.. here sehwah said before the series, India strongest team in years to play in aus. what happened??? you people good over the years???now time to go???

  • indianpunter on January 28, 2012, 6:00 GMT

    Someone once said of Sehwag. " uncluttered mind". There isnt anything there to clutter, is there? I dont think Indian fans deserve to be subjected to these moronic ramblings after the carnage in the field. Nothing will change. Collective denial works. Just another few weeks to IPL>.bring it on !

  • Sanj747 on January 28, 2012, 6:01 GMT

    Very poor response from a player so out of touch both in the mind and on the field.

  • on January 28, 2012, 6:04 GMT

    Its sad to see The best batting team in the world is falling to put over 350 runs in the 1st Innings in each of the 4Test, May be Dhoni has lost his rabbit Foot can somebody please find it.

  • luks on January 28, 2012, 6:05 GMT

    "Because we were playing the same team in the last couple of years and we became the No. 1 team with the same batting line-up, the same bowling line-up." This is precisely why wars are lost, civilizations collapse and was also the cause of the recent financial crisis. When people who have done well in the past stick to their guns instead of looking at new information objectively.

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

    Its true... i am supporting you & Indian Team...

  • Andross on January 28, 2012, 6:09 GMT

    Sehwag should stop making excuses for his team, and it's not true to say that other countries don't can their players when performing badly, England after losing in the '07 Ashes returned home to posters of them being burnt, to a nation ashamed that their team had done so badly, Australia after the last ashes canned each and every one of our players as being hopeless, even some that weren't that bad. Heads rolled, a review was conducted and we have come back a stronger team for it. India, even after this defeat, are still trying to make excuses, 'We were unlucky,' 'The pitches don't suit us.' until the team and the BCCI admit that they have a problem, and it needs to be addressed, or India will never return to no 1. "It's feeling good in the nets, we've just been unlucky." very quickly starts to ring sour.

  • on January 28, 2012, 6:09 GMT

    veeru fact remains a fact.... at least australians gave india a tough fight in the nail bitting finish in mohali (october 2010) where india won by 1 wkt.... and 2nd test went into final session of day5 and what happened in melbourne(4 day match) ... sydney(4 days match) perth( 2 and half days) adelaide ( 4 days and 1 session) out of which 2 defeats are by innings and the one at mcg by 122 runs and last test that was supposed to be lost by innings... thanks to clarke for not enforcing the follow on.... and making such comments will depict u as a laughing stock for everyone....

  • andrew-schulz on January 28, 2012, 6:09 GMT

    The naivety of this Indian group is astonishing! Stop comparing the overseas performances of India and Australia! You just dig a bigger hole for yourself. India won by one wicket at Bangalore, after a plumb lbw had been turned down which would have been the win for Australia. Australia have always been strongly competitive in India, with the possible exception of 1997/98. Now India have lost 4-0 in Australia for the fourth time (out of 7 where that result was possible). India have never looked like beating Australia by a similar margin.