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January 9, 2012

Posted by   on (January 10, 2012, 14:11 GMT)

SURPRISE WILL BE IF INDIA DRAW ONE OF THE TEST OTHERWISE 3-0 OR 4-0 IS CERTAIN....

Posted by Kaze on (January 10, 2012, 14:07 GMT)

Funny how people don't see the Indian pensioners (Sachin, Dravid and Laxman) as a problem. Let me explain it to you in simple terms. You have a team with 3 players over 35 and your two openers are in their 30s. If you keep dragging those 35+ grandfathers along you are leaving a gaping hole in the team when they go. When the grandfathers go India will go to the bottom of the test table with WI and NZ simple as that. In the name of greediness with personal records India will fall very far simple as that.

Posted by sm601 on (January 9, 2012, 20:47 GMT)

Ian is right on Dhoni's captaincy. Both in England and Australia, he is unable to break a partnership that develops. He is struggling to finish the opposition even after they are 4 down.There are very few stump outs. He is not developing a feel for the pitch but standing up closer to the wicket. He is missing kumble who is faster than the rest of the spinners and to whom he could stand close. He doesn't work with bowlers for lbw leveraging DRS.

Tendulkar is good. He is playing well. He is unlucky to get out to clarke. He was not in any shell. He went out of his way to build partnerships last time in australia. But this time, he is not doing that. That's the only difference. He is expecting youngsters to rotate strike and plan for long innings, but they are different. Youngsters want to score thru boundaries. Dravid and laxman are not in best of fitness and slower to move to the line. Dhoni should try and shuffle if he doesn't like to stretch his feet to the off stump line

Posted by Slobberdog on (January 9, 2012, 7:12 GMT)

This aging line-up criticism of India simply doesn't wash. Dravid was head & shoulders better than anyone else in England. Tendulkar is the best on this tour. Laxman should be the one facing the chop, not all three. Gambhir, Sehwag, Dhoni and Kohli haven't exactly set the world on fire. The solution for India's batting problems is longer term: spice up some of your home pitches so that batsmen can learn to play against swing and bounce. You might actually encourage a few more fast bowlers while you're at it. If you don't change that, you're never going to perform consistently overseas.

Posted by   on (January 9, 2012, 4:18 GMT)

Why are we still blaming three ageing players? There are at least four other batsmen who are not being blamed at all. What about reckless Sehwag, tentative Gambhir, flat footed Kohli and ever-struggling Dhoni? Shouldn't Sehwag play out first testing session at Sydney, especially knowing that team batting is struggling so much? Even Ashwin has batted better than all four of these batsmen. How about listless captaincy and lack of aggression of Dhoni's captaincy? Bowling attack had one bad game, so they can't be blamed for one bad show. I feel we are giving too much blame to three ageing stalwarts than other reckless batsmen who lack the will to change their style especially when three greats are struggling. We still don't appreciate our gems and Indians are well-known for that.

Posted by   on (January 9, 2012, 3:44 GMT)

They are spot on! Indian cricket has some serious problems!

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