India v England, 3rd Test, Kolkata, 4th day December 8, 2012

India batsmen 'not an embarrassment' - Sehwag

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Virender Sehwag has called for more patience from India's batsmen, which they can learn from their England counterparts, but he knows it can only help them in the upcoming matches. About this Test, he merely stated he wasn't an atheist. "We have to work hard in the next game," he said. "We are still fighting. Hopefully something happens tomorrow and we can save the match, but I… only god can help us."

In his press conference, Sehwag said at least three times that the batsmen lacked patience. Asked if it was embarrassing that a No. 8, R Ashwin, made batting look easier than the specialist batsmen, Sehwag said: "It's not embarrassment. He is also part of our team. He is a good player. He knows how to score runs and how to survive. Depends on an individual to individual. My batting style is different, and others are different, and Ashwin's is different. If you apply yourself on that wicket, it's not difficult to score runs.

"It's Test cricket, and if you show some patience, you can score some runs on this wicket. Key was patience."

When asked how the England bowlers managed to make the pitch look more threatening, Sehwag chose to focus on the batsmen. "Their batsmen showed patience more than ours," he said. "Their batsmen batted really well. Full credit to the way Cook batted and everyone else batted. Our bowlers did everything, they tried everything. They bowled slow, they bowled quick, they bowled flighted, they bowled flat, but England batted really well, I can say that.

"We tried everything. When we were bowling, the ball started reversing after 10 overs. They played well also. They showed patience. They waited for loose balls, they hit those loose balls. We didn't show enough patience."

Sehwag said the youngsters in the middle order needed time before being judged. "When [Cheteshwar] Pujara scored runs, double hundred and hundred, you guys only said we have found a replacement for Rahul Dravid," he said. "You didn't wait for a couple of matches. Now you are saying that because Rahul Dravid and [VVS] Laxman are not there we are losing. It is a transition period for us, you have to give time to the youngsters.

"We will bounce back, we will score runs. In this series we haven't put runs on the board, especially in the last two games. The moment we put up the runs, 500-plus, it's a different ball game."

Asked if he would consider moving down the order to lend experience to the middle order, Sehwag said it was not about experience. "Yuvraj Singh has played 40 Tests, Virat Kohli has played 13," he said. "He has been playing international cricket for two, three years. He got that ICC cricketer of the year and the BCCI award. He is mature enough. It's not about new and young."

Sehwag might have been struggling outside Asia but he looks every bit a dangerous player on pitches lacking bounce and lateral movement. Once again he got India off to a good start, but his wicket led to a big collapse. Asked if he felt India relied too much in him, Sehwag said, "Our team is very good team. We have six batsmen who are capable of scoring hundreds and double hundreds. It's not that they are depending on me. It's a team game."

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • AvidCricFan on December 11, 2012, 1:57 GMT

    Shewag's statement itself is an embarrassment. It only shows denial to accept results of non-performance. As long as players have this type of attitude and mindset, no improvements can be expected. He scored his quota of one century in 10 matches on subcontinent pitch. He is feeling secure for the next 10 matches. What else can be said with such irresponsible statement. BTW, I doubt Shewag can score any test century in England, Aussie, SA or even NZ.

  • OzWally on December 10, 2012, 23:12 GMT

    Best way I can sum up this article (and other recent comments from Dhoni & Ghambir) is to say the inmates are running the asylum. England has simply outworked India in this series, and the Indian players are content to keep their heads buried in the sand.

  • AsherCA on December 10, 2012, 16:12 GMT

    Viru, Pujara & Kohli can be considered new-comers. What about Sehwag, Gambhir AND God - Sachin Tendulkar? How come you guys don't stand up & get yourselves counted as people who can score OR at least occupy the crease ? 3 of you have been there for long enough to know what you are telling the media after the match (clear message that you knew what was required, how come none of you saw fit to apply the requisite self-discipline ?) ....Or is it that you are sure Dhoni will not be able to drop you so why bother ?

  • shyambhau on December 10, 2012, 12:28 GMT

    I am all for wholesome changes in the team. Anyways our guys are all playing hard, but still loosing. What worse can the new team do, only loose, maybe by a bigger margin. My advice, pick the new team of players, who have not yet made their first million. Atleast they will try and strive hard for couple of seasons.

  • forsurf99 on December 10, 2012, 10:58 GMT

    Oh, really ? And along with the crappy performance, we now have to listen to this crap. Do you ever read these comments, Viru ? If you did, you'd be embarrassed.

  • kamyogi on December 10, 2012, 10:53 GMT

    Certainly Dhoni has been a failure both as batsman and wicket-keeper for a long time but can't be blamed alone for the team failure. What role a captain has to play when the specialist batsmen of his team don't perform as they should? Indian selectors watch players' past statistics rather than their current form. Sachin and Sehwag should have been dropped long ago whenever they were out of form and try out regularly new-comers so that in times like this, a set of new talents (like Kohli and Ashwin) would be available. I've scarcely seen Sachin playing scoring runs in difficult situation and what a farce Sehwag speaking of 'patience'! The pity of India is that they are condemned to continue with the same guys or gamble on those who've not yet acquired enough international exposure and hence reliability. Its a result of lack of the Selection's long-term sightedness. And who knows if its not a deliberate foul!!

  • GoCho on December 10, 2012, 9:55 GMT

    I wonder where all those ipl fans have disappeared now. Over the last few months, on every single issue starting from DRS to overseas perfromance, cricinfo has been flooded with comments from fans claiming India's clout was making others jealous. Now when the dismal perfromance of the team has come to the forefront, hopefully the bcci will wake up and give up its arrogant stand as it seems to have seeped down to its players as well.

  • Jaggadaaku on December 10, 2012, 6:01 GMT

    Yes, Mr. Sehwag is right about not embarrassment about this performance. They haven't embarrassed in last 2 out-side sub-continent tours (ENG-AUS), where they suffered the white wash in all format of cricket, then why they should be embarrass here where they won the first game, and one more game left to square the series. After all they are not No. 1 side anymore now....this is a taunt. We all know the entire Indian team including Mr. Cold (Dhoni) depending on you(Sehwag). When Sehwag blasts century (rarely these days), entire team plays well and reach 500+ score. And when Sehwag gets failed(Single figure mostly these days), the team barely reach 300+ score. So, what does that mean? The entire team India depend on Sehwag's score. India should fire Gambhir, and put Ashwin as an opener with Sehwag. Kohli and Yuvi never become the test experts.....drop Zaheer...he is old, lazy and ineffective. Include SK Patel as a wicket-keeper. Drop Dhoni.....he has zero skill playing shots.

  • PadMarley on December 10, 2012, 5:19 GMT

    I tell you.... India should loose this series!! Its the best thing that could happen to test cricket in India for a bighter future... Fundementals get questioned only at the face of adversity and not prosperity!!!!

  • cricmatters on December 10, 2012, 4:40 GMT

    @People complaining about Sehwag's fielding, he is the only decent slip fielder India has at the moment. When you play two spinners, you need a sharp catcher at slips and he is one of the best in the business. His batting is a delight to watch and if only he can add a bit of caution and not throw away his wicket in T20 fashion, I can sense a big score coming in Nagpur. Gambhir on the other hand is a total enigma. Running the bowl down to the third man has cost him his wicket umpteen no. of times and now he has developed a new talent for running out his partner. I seriously think we should get Rahane in as an opener who has a better technique and slot Gambhir down the order in place of Yuvi. He plays spin well and can make a big contribution down the order. Any one listening?

  • AvidCricFan on December 11, 2012, 1:57 GMT

    Shewag's statement itself is an embarrassment. It only shows denial to accept results of non-performance. As long as players have this type of attitude and mindset, no improvements can be expected. He scored his quota of one century in 10 matches on subcontinent pitch. He is feeling secure for the next 10 matches. What else can be said with such irresponsible statement. BTW, I doubt Shewag can score any test century in England, Aussie, SA or even NZ.

  • OzWally on December 10, 2012, 23:12 GMT

    Best way I can sum up this article (and other recent comments from Dhoni & Ghambir) is to say the inmates are running the asylum. England has simply outworked India in this series, and the Indian players are content to keep their heads buried in the sand.

  • AsherCA on December 10, 2012, 16:12 GMT

    Viru, Pujara & Kohli can be considered new-comers. What about Sehwag, Gambhir AND God - Sachin Tendulkar? How come you guys don't stand up & get yourselves counted as people who can score OR at least occupy the crease ? 3 of you have been there for long enough to know what you are telling the media after the match (clear message that you knew what was required, how come none of you saw fit to apply the requisite self-discipline ?) ....Or is it that you are sure Dhoni will not be able to drop you so why bother ?

  • shyambhau on December 10, 2012, 12:28 GMT

    I am all for wholesome changes in the team. Anyways our guys are all playing hard, but still loosing. What worse can the new team do, only loose, maybe by a bigger margin. My advice, pick the new team of players, who have not yet made their first million. Atleast they will try and strive hard for couple of seasons.

  • forsurf99 on December 10, 2012, 10:58 GMT

    Oh, really ? And along with the crappy performance, we now have to listen to this crap. Do you ever read these comments, Viru ? If you did, you'd be embarrassed.

  • kamyogi on December 10, 2012, 10:53 GMT

    Certainly Dhoni has been a failure both as batsman and wicket-keeper for a long time but can't be blamed alone for the team failure. What role a captain has to play when the specialist batsmen of his team don't perform as they should? Indian selectors watch players' past statistics rather than their current form. Sachin and Sehwag should have been dropped long ago whenever they were out of form and try out regularly new-comers so that in times like this, a set of new talents (like Kohli and Ashwin) would be available. I've scarcely seen Sachin playing scoring runs in difficult situation and what a farce Sehwag speaking of 'patience'! The pity of India is that they are condemned to continue with the same guys or gamble on those who've not yet acquired enough international exposure and hence reliability. Its a result of lack of the Selection's long-term sightedness. And who knows if its not a deliberate foul!!

  • GoCho on December 10, 2012, 9:55 GMT

    I wonder where all those ipl fans have disappeared now. Over the last few months, on every single issue starting from DRS to overseas perfromance, cricinfo has been flooded with comments from fans claiming India's clout was making others jealous. Now when the dismal perfromance of the team has come to the forefront, hopefully the bcci will wake up and give up its arrogant stand as it seems to have seeped down to its players as well.

  • Jaggadaaku on December 10, 2012, 6:01 GMT

    Yes, Mr. Sehwag is right about not embarrassment about this performance. They haven't embarrassed in last 2 out-side sub-continent tours (ENG-AUS), where they suffered the white wash in all format of cricket, then why they should be embarrass here where they won the first game, and one more game left to square the series. After all they are not No. 1 side anymore now....this is a taunt. We all know the entire Indian team including Mr. Cold (Dhoni) depending on you(Sehwag). When Sehwag blasts century (rarely these days), entire team plays well and reach 500+ score. And when Sehwag gets failed(Single figure mostly these days), the team barely reach 300+ score. So, what does that mean? The entire team India depend on Sehwag's score. India should fire Gambhir, and put Ashwin as an opener with Sehwag. Kohli and Yuvi never become the test experts.....drop Zaheer...he is old, lazy and ineffective. Include SK Patel as a wicket-keeper. Drop Dhoni.....he has zero skill playing shots.

  • PadMarley on December 10, 2012, 5:19 GMT

    I tell you.... India should loose this series!! Its the best thing that could happen to test cricket in India for a bighter future... Fundementals get questioned only at the face of adversity and not prosperity!!!!

  • cricmatters on December 10, 2012, 4:40 GMT

    @People complaining about Sehwag's fielding, he is the only decent slip fielder India has at the moment. When you play two spinners, you need a sharp catcher at slips and he is one of the best in the business. His batting is a delight to watch and if only he can add a bit of caution and not throw away his wicket in T20 fashion, I can sense a big score coming in Nagpur. Gambhir on the other hand is a total enigma. Running the bowl down to the third man has cost him his wicket umpteen no. of times and now he has developed a new talent for running out his partner. I seriously think we should get Rahane in as an opener who has a better technique and slot Gambhir down the order in place of Yuvi. He plays spin well and can make a big contribution down the order. Any one listening?

  • joseyesu on December 10, 2012, 3:34 GMT

    Almost every player in the team is experienced apart from PUJARA. What do Sehwag means by transition phase...? Certainly awaiting for a 1-3 series.

  • CurrentPresident on December 9, 2012, 22:12 GMT

    Majority of the current team is saturated (with money and desire to tough it out)

    This is an excellent time to put in a plan that treats the test team as the grooming ground for the youngsters. They still have the hunger and work ethic that is needed for test cricket. So pull talented young players from the U-19 and Ranji teams and get them into the test team. Get Unmukt Chand in, get Sandeep Singh in, get Baba Aparajito in.

    Let the "stars" feature in the 'Celebrity/Commercial' cricket circuit as long as they have marketing value to their sponsors. Then they will get replaced with the new stars who have graduated from Test cricket.

    This is the only workable plan. I do not see any way forward for the current team to excel in test cricket. They just don't have the work ethic and commitment anymore and they will never get it. Not one of them feels like sweating it out for 5 days under the sun when they can make 10 times as much in one evening of IPL.

  • ravikini on December 9, 2012, 20:56 GMT

    HA haha !! Sehwag talking about patience is like a Jackal lecturing on vegetarian food. tch tch tch... What has Indian cricket come to..... Isn't there a deliberate ploy from Sehwag and Gambhir to run out Pujara, so he won't shine through them....Poor Pujara. And you talk about playing for the team. Height of absurdity. Long live SRT. No matter what no body dares to touch him. Grrrrr...

  • RashidSurya on December 9, 2012, 20:40 GMT

    I think the opposite what Sehwag said. Indian batsmen has become an embarrassment, apart from Sehwag himself.

  • wiseshah on December 9, 2012, 18:50 GMT

    team is not embarassment but shehwag is embarassment because of his open mouth

  • on December 9, 2012, 18:24 GMT

    Test matches are won by the bowlers, not batsmen like ODI / T20's. Friends the difference between India and England was the bowling of Swann and Panesar, who really had the Indians dancing. First test England made the mistake of not playing Panesar and lost as Swann took wickets but could not run through as Sehwag and Pujara made merry.

    England has better quality spinners than India and Dhoni got exposed playing in turning tracks as four of our batsmen Sachin, Yuvraj, Kohli and Dhoni have always failed against quality spin from both ends.

    Finally Sachin must retire after doing nothing in last 16 test matches over 2 years as selectors have failed to drop him putting an individual over the national team. I appeal to Sachin not to spoil Manoj Tiwari's career.

  • sanjeevraghavan on December 9, 2012, 17:59 GMT

    Very well said Alexk400. It seems Indian selectors have to review Dhoni's performance as captain and a batsman soon enough. He lost his batting skills (if he had any apart from his helicopters) and just keep a position engaged as a captain is a total waste if he is not able to lead from the front. Sehwag is the only person in the current team with a positive attitude. I wonder in the interest of the sport why those old heroes just don't retire and give chances to young boys. All the records are to be broken Sachin saab, there is no way anyone can hold everything to oneself. So give way to young blood. There are so many people in the line. I saw Ashwin retained his place in the next test. He can be promoted to No 3 spot in the current team but not as a bowler for sure. And there is Ishant Sharma, who is nothing better than an ordinary district level bowler.

  • on December 9, 2012, 17:23 GMT

    Huh! Mr. Shewag himself is a big embarrassment!!! Or, does he lose his feelings???

  • InnocentGuy on December 9, 2012, 16:21 GMT

    For once, it would be nice to hear the players, captain et al, admit openly that "we suck". I don't even mind losing badly but this denial is so maddening. They should have a home series against Bangladesh and lose. That'd teach them... That would them, right? So much for calling Bangladesh an 'ordinary team'. Well done boys.

  • on December 9, 2012, 16:13 GMT

    Dear Sewhag, your favorite team Bangladesh is playing better than India now !

  • on December 9, 2012, 15:37 GMT

    It's shame to loose at home and specially in this fashion. It more shame that Indian bastman/bowler do not admit their failure and talk about next oppourtunity which they should not be given. It's ok to loose with fight but not with surrender. It's tme for India to break traditon to keep non permoing players and kick them out to include Sachin and others. If you do not perform than there is no place for you in the team. Players should not be given guaranteed contract but instead paid by their performance only. Viru should not talk. He should be shame of his perormence. One century is not enough and should be dropped fro team as well with others. If England can put up runs than so can India and there is no excuse for India.

  • kingchennai on December 9, 2012, 14:21 GMT

    Not an embarrassment?? Then what?

  • Lord_Trickster on December 9, 2012, 13:56 GMT

    Once again we see throughout the players and supporters comments, a breathtakingly stubborn refusal to see the facts. I.e. Sehwag "When we score 500 it is a different game." Well mate, you wont score 500 if you keep the same attitude. I believe firmly that there is but one cause: MONEY. The lack of hunger and desire to win in England, Australia and now at home clearly shows a lack of inspiration. The only genuine desire throughout the debacle of 2011-12 has come from the most promising of all: Kohli, and even he is infected with a strange hubris causing him to hole out off full tosses! IPL may be the new way but it is killing the mother of the game: Test Cricket. Shame on you who call yourseleves national representatives.

  • RandyOZ on December 9, 2012, 13:22 GMT

    England have done well in the battle of the Minnows. SA and Oz are streaks ahead though when it comes to the best test teams.

  • ssbrad on December 9, 2012, 12:58 GMT

    They are not an embarassment, they are a downright SHAME.

  • here2rock on December 9, 2012, 12:15 GMT

    Words mean nothing Sehwag, too many lame excuses for too long. Walk the talk, will you?

  • andrew27994 on December 9, 2012, 11:36 GMT

    If you people are wondering why India are struggling so much in Tests, the answer is simple. It's because India is the only team wherein almost all the players play regularly in all formats. Sehwag, Gambhir, Kohli, Yuvraj, Raina, Dhoni, Ashwin, Zaheer and Harbhajan, are all examples of players who play all formats of the game regularly. So the simple solution to this problem is to play these players for 1 or 2 formats only. They should follow the rotation policy which all the main teams except Sri Lanka are doing currently.

  • on December 9, 2012, 10:57 GMT

    sehwag is right india have 6 batsman who can score centuries and lead india to a good total he is the one whom we need to wait and watch that only after his good start we ll get runs on board dhoni retains captency after losing back to back tests even we didnt see a captains knock from him for a long time esp when india needs him to perform ever after wc final he is needed to b droped esp frm test cricket even talking abt other players drop who doesnt perform and become australian selectors and ll see the diff.

  • on December 9, 2012, 10:38 GMT

    What ever the result of the 4th test would be, I think its a welcome change by IBCC. I hope the changes will bring in some positive changes to the result of the 4th Test. But I couldnt understand the reason behind sticking with Tendulkar. No one seems to be thinking on how much he contributed during the series so far!!!

  • on December 9, 2012, 10:18 GMT

    they should bring amit mishra,and all talented players in ranji trophy if i was selector i would drop tendulkar

  • Perera32 on December 9, 2012, 10:17 GMT

    Sehwag talking about Patience, what has Indian cricket come to. Sehwag is a very overrated batsmen who can only score runs on flat pitches (like 1st test match). After losing 8-0 overseas, and now looking most likley to lose a home series 3-1, the whole team should be embarrassed. The indian cricket team is a brilliant example of Indian poeple, they are Ignorant, Rude and never accepts they've been outplayed by a good team. (Publish this comment so everyone can see, oh wait! It's probably an Indian moderating the comments)

  • on December 9, 2012, 9:51 GMT

    @IPSY Sehwag didn't win the first game. It was a combination of England not picking the right team, India's bowling (particularly by Ohja) and England's ordinary batting in the first innings that allowed India to win that game.

  • D.Sharma on December 9, 2012, 9:47 GMT

    Hahah, where have the Sachin fanatics gone? They have all gone into hiding.

  • csowmi7 on December 9, 2012, 9:41 GMT

    This was bound to happen. Let alone England India struggled against New Zealand and West Indies at home. Despite winning both those series there were many occasions where the batting crumbled. Even Jeetan Patel was made to look great. Against quality batsman like Chanderpaul and Taylor our bowlers struggled. Now that Dravid and Laxman have retired our middle order looks like its in tatters. Ashwin will eventually learn the more he bowls and deserves more chances like our failing batsman have got and has a promising start to his career. Ojha, kohli and Pujara will eventually blossom into top class performers. If Yadav can remain without injury he can also be a good bowler for the future. We must accept that an experienced England side has shown us our shortcomings and look to build on this side.

  • on December 9, 2012, 9:21 GMT

    Tendulkar still has the highest test avg by any Indian in the history..............1 bad year doesn't make him a bad player if he can score at an outstanding avg of 70 & 80 in 37th & 38th years of life after disastrous 34th &35th years then no wonder he can repeat that feat at 40 &41 as well......His fitness is good. Just that he was a bit out of practice in 2012. Additionally he is still no 1 Indian test batsman on current ICC Rankings.

  • enthusiastic on December 9, 2012, 9:04 GMT

    Pls request, beg or pray to SRT to retire.

  • wiinners on December 9, 2012, 8:38 GMT

    The BCCI's trade with cricket costed them falling into loosing side at home soil. The greed for 'Ruppe/Dollar" made them calling players from all over the world to play in Indian soil through IPL. Indian pitches/players are no longer a mystery to the foreign players, so, be it a spin or a fast pitch is no longer a trouble for a visiting team. Go India, Go! Make money and open up your secrets like a 'village bicycle'. Moreover, India's pace attack was never up to the mark and had never scared the batsmen of the opponents, so be it Zaheer or anybody doesn't seem to bother anybody in the world. Good Luck India for the future! To, Tendulker! Look at Ponting! He retired and was not ready to impose himself on Australia! Succeeding in one match after failing 5 matches doesn't prove your ability! You have given a lot to World cricket, now it is time to depart and pls let other younger players to play! Sorry if it sounds rude, but I wish you do not become another Ganguli!

  • cric_fan123 on December 9, 2012, 8:32 GMT

    I think Sehwag is correct, India batsmen are not embarrassment. They are rather shameless. To make such comments even after not performing for over 15 tests is shameless.

  • itisme on December 9, 2012, 8:27 GMT

    I completely agree with Mr Suraj Arukil. But we should also get rid of the blue-eyed boy Dohni. I am sure there are many good wicketkeepers waiting to represent India proudly. Sehwag should be kept with. His performance is reasonable if not excellent. But please do not bring Raina in place of Yuvraj. We donot want to see a joker replacing another. If Ashwin can bat at No. 6 that will be very good.

  • itisme on December 9, 2012, 8:20 GMT

    On a tour to Bangladesh a few years back, Mr Shewag had called the Bangladesh team "pretty ordinary" and very nearly he avoided being forced to eat his words. Now can this India outfit be called "pretty ordinary" looking at the way they have performed in this series? Mr Sehwag are you listening?

  • on December 9, 2012, 7:43 GMT

    Eng bowlers bowled with a strategy ...Indians just put the ball there........................Ashwin must always bowl from around the wicket as this brings lbw into equation. He did this & was successful in 1st test.......................On flat wickets u must bowl fast aiming for lbw & bold like Waqar Waseem & S Aktar have done so successfully. Eng pacers did the same & were successful they were bowling at 140 & aiming for stumps more often with leg side dominent fields.................Ind must bring in Varon Aronn & Umesh yadev & do the same

  • Wacco on December 9, 2012, 7:41 GMT

    Welcome all losers! One thing you have to learn from good sporting nations is the meaning of term 'rebuilding'. Indians don't know what 'rebuilding' means yet....

  • on December 9, 2012, 7:37 GMT

    V good article....................Yes India performs well at home only if opposition doesn't have great spinners or against mediocre oppositions Like NZ & WI............India could not win a single home series from Pk bcz PK always had great spinners..............It is very tough to win against ENg SA & AUS. U cannot compare SA AUS & ENG with WI or NZ as SA ENG & WI are world top 3 test sides & WI & NZ are among bottom 3...........................One must accept that this Eng side is the best side ever to visit sub continent with very balance bowling attack & couple of batsmen hitting purpule patch........Only thing that changed since India's purpule patch in TEST is their coach the rest is same. The coach must identify the minor faults in each batsman's technique & must form a strategy against each of Opposition's Batsman. He seems not doing that.

  • ansram on December 9, 2012, 7:16 GMT

    The real embarrasment is Indians not admitting that their standards have fallen and India is now well below SA, England, Aus and Pak. Till they admit this to themselves and do a honest introspection and put in effort to remedy their flaws they will keep sinking.

  • on December 9, 2012, 7:08 GMT

    He's the last person who should be preaching about patience in the team. This guy and Afridi are by far the most overrated cricketers I've ever seen. At least Afridi is a decent bowler, this guy has no redeeming factor whatsoever. He just swings his bat blindly at everything and ends up failing 90% of the time and then says that's how he plays. Then he gets a big score on a lifeless pitch usually against a weak/out of form team to boost his average and then claims he's back in form and the cycle repeats. The ignorant Indian public and selectors look at his now decent looking average and claim he's the best man for the job. Being an aggressive opener is not the issue, the thing with this guy is that his chance of clicking is far lower than that of others like Hayden, Gilchrist, Watson etc.

  • VJGS on December 9, 2012, 7:05 GMT

    To be honest, I was impressed with the Indian spinners since Day 3. They started to trouble even the well set Cook and Trott on Day 3. On Day 4, they picked up quick wickets and today, they gave England a slight scare. They just need more time to mature, but I have little doubt that they will one day surpass even Kumble. Sehwag and Gambhir also seemed impressive and are signalling that they are starting to find form. Give Dhoni and Tendulkar one more series to come good before taking any action against them. Ashwin though should be told clearly that he is in the team as a specialist spinner and not as a batsman - there are plenty of the latter waiting in the bench for a slot. He should be told batting performances do not guarantee his position in the team since the team desperately require quality, wicket-taking bowlers. He should be told to remain more patient in Tests and not try to many variations. Again, from Day 3, he was much better than before. Hope he carries on the good work

  • on December 9, 2012, 6:56 GMT

    Indian team does not have the hunger...except Ashwin..kudos to him... I know wholesale changes will not happen for the Nagpur test, but I would truly like to see Manoj Tiwary play..he has the hunger..in few chances he has always shone..even taking wickets from his bowling..Yuvraj is over-rated in Tests and has had enough opportunities..time to shelve him for good..Amit Mishra is worth trying since it is believed English players are a bit weak against leg spin..what has India got to lose...2-1 or 3-1 big difference..but try some new strategies and we may win.. I am also tired of Dhoni, he lacks ideas and this is compounded by few options available in the team.. Two people I would like not to hear about any more - Sachin and Zaheer Khan....as everyone except the selection committee knows they are way past their sell-by date....I am also not a big fan of Gambhir and Sehwag...Gambhir single-handedly cost us 100s of runs for running out Sehwag and Pujara..he isthe fifth columnist amidst us.

  • rajeshkapoor6 on December 9, 2012, 6:43 GMT

    Hei mr Sehwag, aren't you the one called bangladesh team an "ORDINARY TEAM" and as an Indian i hate to say that your own words blew up on your face. Now I feel the whole indian team is a joke and AN ORDINARY TEAM and stop playing test matches and concentrate on IPL and may be in ODI's.

  • the_blue_android on December 9, 2012, 6:36 GMT

    the only people who have patience are the Indian fans for still following the Indian team in spite of players like Sehwag not performing for about 4 years.

  • on December 9, 2012, 6:34 GMT

    About kohli-he can be icc cricketer of the yr or the useless bcci award holder,he should carry that to the ground when he plays. that is for last year. If he has to be in the team he has to perform atleast he should behave responsibly. even a no.9 batsman wont get out for a full toss. when a batsman like rahane is waiting to grab his place he cannot play this way.let him go out and prove in longer version to have his place back in national side. Yuvraj have not done anything to comment also. he himself knows he is not worth to be in test side currently..He is a left handed sehwag .everyone is only for IPL. noone wants to perform here for the nation. but they want their national player tag to be auctioned for a good amout. they dont have the winning attitude and your pride is not under stake its already gone. england bowlers were laughing for each wicket because they never expected they will have so easy job.

  • on December 9, 2012, 6:13 GMT

    It's better to lose matches without players who only speak and emote in the field like sehwag,kohli,gambhir,yuvraj,zaheer..Gambhir will get out early if he stays in field he wil getl the other batsman out. He plays so casual as he plays gully cricket. He is very fit and saves his all energy only for IPL,here he wont run as a fielder,wont help others to perform and also he wont perform. Its not the run he scores for any batsman its the way he gets out irresponsibly. Sehwag,kohli,yuvraj are the standing examples in the team. they say its the way sehwag plays,if he is going to be so irresponsible, drop him. you cannot get out so casually every time. if only youngsters should be given time for transition why he is not performing.

  • ReverseSweepIndia on December 9, 2012, 5:43 GMT

    Yes Sehwag. For you & whole team it doesn't matter. No shame, guilt, embarrassment. These things are reserved for us, the supporters.

  • on December 9, 2012, 5:31 GMT

    I am short of words to comment; it takes one to complete 101 test matches one realises that "If you apply yourself on that wicket, it's not difficult to score runs". This is possible only in Indian Cricket. For the rest of the world, consistency is the "key factor". That too after 15 days of International Test Cricket on home ground. Stop defending, you indian players, accept the fact that English Cricketers have raised their Performance Bar beyond all you! Don't be ashamed to sit back and appreciate their attitude to cricket and if possible learn few from them :-)

  • PhaniBhaskar24 on December 9, 2012, 5:20 GMT

    oh well, Patience...well let us think this way..1)where does this patience comes from..when you play more of Domestice matches right..tell us...in this current squad who are playing domestic cricket (leave before alone this series)..even youngstars are denied a chance to play in domestic ( carrying bottles in these matches)..2) Has domestic cricket has enough in it to test..Jadeja, making 2 300's, Yuvraj making 200 in tests at domestice level? what does that speak of our domestice level...well this is high time..we should clearly invest on basic equipment ( like proper grounds), proper fitness guidness, adaptability to adjust to T20 & tests mode..if these basic things are not polished..oh..well god save the cricket in India

  • EdwardTLogan on December 9, 2012, 5:14 GMT

    Sehwag ought to do the honorable thing and retire from Test cricket after this series, along with Tendulkar, Sharma, Harbajhan Singh and Zaheer Khan. They are fragile in their specialties (batting or bowling) bit absolutely deplorable in the field. Combined they must have gifted England over 50 runs in this Testand who knows how many over this series. And Dhoni should seriously throwing in the towel as well. He is okay at T20 and ODI but a liability as a keeper in Test cricket.

  • n0n0nsense on December 9, 2012, 5:13 GMT

    Either India's test status should be revoked or they should not be allowed to play against top 8 test teams unless they play longer version cricket with developing teams like Zimbabwe or Afghanistan for at least a year.

  • on December 9, 2012, 5:05 GMT

    I really feel Rahane should be an opener with Gambhir. Viru should be moved to 2 down. (i dont care if egos are hurt) Yuvraj should be out. He's shown he can bat here and there. But he's still not 100% Another left hander should be given a turn. Sachin should be given a rest. Kohli, pujara should stay. they are young and must be forced to learn from mistakes. ashwin, ojha, zaheer, should stay. not sure about 4th bowler. irfan pathan? dinda? the team needs young blood. some swagger. this is a do or die situation and it is pertinent for an attitude change and a fundamental selection change. let pragmatism rule over team politics.

  • on December 9, 2012, 5:01 GMT

    mantra.. first of all drop Gambhir out of the team immediately..his own BIG failures are ignored behind tendulkar failures. Bring in old horse Wasim Jaffer. He is much a better opener than Gambhir..& capable of making big hundreds. Perfect Indian test team..Sehwag, Jaffer, Pujara , Tendulkar, Manoj Tiwary,Ajinkya Rahane, MSD,Ashwin,Ojha, umaesh Yadav, Vaoon. run Ar

  • r0ketman on December 9, 2012, 4:58 GMT

    Face it Sehwag, when you are arrogant enough to call other teams "ordinary", it will eventually come back to bite you when you lose an embarrassing series at home exactly at the same time when the team you called "ordinary" is winning their series at home comfortably! India, and Sehwag are truly ordinary. They were able to bully other teams on flat Indian Tracks for a few years, now they are so ordinary that even flat or spinning tracks scare their batsmen!!

  • AvidCricFan on December 9, 2012, 4:44 GMT

    Shewag's statement is idiotic. Team rebuilding is fine. However, in the rebuilding phase the experienced players who are in the team are not performing. The Indian batsmen are not only embarrassing they are disgrace. Why is selection committee persisting with Tendulkar? It is clear that he is well past his prime. He can't judge the length, spin of the ball that is needed at that level of cricket. If he is passionate about playing, let him play for the Mumbai team. Yuvraj and Dhoni are failures too. One odd fifty in 5-6 innings is not enough.

  • wiseshah on December 9, 2012, 4:32 GMT

    shehwag and his big words continuing. didnt he says , england is not bangladesh. sure bangladesh took the series against west indies, what shehwag will say now?

  • East_West on December 9, 2012, 4:16 GMT

    shame on indian cricketers - they can't win outside and now they can't win in their own! Gambhi gave an excuse of "we should have turners when these folks play in India" while he was in Australia/England, and Sehwag did the same, saying we also won 4-0, and now there is no place to hide! we indians are SPINELESS! Zahir is useless, there was a time, Venkatest prasad said Zaheer and Ishant are the best opening pair in the world!!hahaah! now Zahir can't even bend and bowl, forget about his fielding! Sachin is useless but our so-called die hard illogical fans can't digest the fact that he is useless! once in a blue moon he scores a 50, then all we talk about is how great this guy is! I am still waiting for a day, when Sachin can say, nope I am not good anymore, let me give a chance to young ones!! this logic can only come from Laxman/Dravid, not even sourav was good at it! I pray India can include Badri, Rahane and Mukund so that we can start playing good cricket! God can't save us!

  • KiwiRocker- on December 9, 2012, 3:52 GMT

    Sehwag is talking about Patience? V.Sehwag is an over rated flat track bulley, who has less than 30 runs average in a 4th innings of a test match. V.Sehwag is the one who should be responsible for India's batting failures as he did not care about understanding the match situation. This was not Multan's dead wicket where he was dropped six times to score a worthless 300. This test record him to play an innings like Razzaq and Kamran Akmal did against India in Mohali....or like Yonis Khan, VVS Laxman and Dravid has done numerous times. Instead Sehwag after being dropper at 7 contunued playing in usual manner and caused Indian collapse. V.Sehwag shoud be dropped at the earliest as he is along with other non performers like Dhoni, Gambhir, Yuvraj, Tendulya and Kohli is the reason that India has now lost 10 out of last 12 test matches. India's test status should be reviewed at the earliest as this team is just not good enough to play against test playing nations.

  • thuppala on December 9, 2012, 3:37 GMT

    i think Sandeep Patil & Co, must be viewing the team's performance in all seriousness. Sandeep Patil is a warrior of many a battle in his heydays....he is a seasoned & experienced cricketer to put the rocking boat in order. i am sure he'll administer the correct dose to energize the team!!!

  • menon.vinod8 on December 9, 2012, 3:16 GMT

    First of all, you learn patience. Loose stroke straight away after lunch..

    Then urge others to be patient.

  • on December 9, 2012, 2:59 GMT

    For sometime Indians have erred failing to phase out oldtimers in time to make way for new blood, and there is plenty... it is about time.

  • on December 9, 2012, 2:56 GMT

    Look who is talking - A ordinary member of a ordinary team.

  • BravoBravo on December 9, 2012, 2:55 GMT

    I remember during the infamous, whitewashed series against ENG, Shewag missed the first test, and IND fans were bragging about what Shewag will do in 2nd and subsequent test matches in ENG. And eveyrone knows that when he played in the rest of matches of the series against ENG margin of defeats for IND were increased. Neither, he nor Tendul are matchwinners, PERIOD. He is just good for propaganda war.

  • challagalla on December 9, 2012, 2:47 GMT

    Read the article carefully and you realise Sehwag has been pretty candid. Patience and application. The Brits have plenty of this. That is the way they bat, prepared to block endlessly waiting for the loose ball. Pujari has it in him. No way Sehwag, yuvraj or Kohli can bat like that. Deny them runs and they will get out. The way Sehwag bats , he makes it look so easy for the rest of the batsmen to follow. You are 81 for 1 and the rest just crumbled. Where was the application and character from SRT, Kohli, Yuvraj and the rest. Thanks to Ashwin we just managed to avoid an innings defeat. Ironically Ashwin is there for his bowling and he failed in that. Keep SRT for this one last test, drop Yuvraj for Rahane and maybe Kohli for Tiwari [ not too sure about this ]. Rahane can open and Sehwag can bat lower down.

  • kathiravanmoorthy on December 9, 2012, 2:11 GMT

    I think selection panel only the responsible for our defeat.., because thr r lot of players doing well in domestic seasons.., but they always stick jus 20 members and filtering them., why they not giving chance to RAHANE., M TIWARY., etc.., even on bowling side.., wat the coaches r doing.., while starting the career ISHANT,SREESANTH AND IRFAN was abt 140kph but now lack of pace among them.., did they lost interest r coaches r not guiding well??? seletion committee want to do some strict action and want to select atleast good talent players.., now ve r gng to lose the series ., its not a matter ,atleast select some quality platers and train them for ICC TEST CHAMPIONS and ICC CRICKET WORLD CUP 2015..,

  • on December 9, 2012, 2:10 GMT

    Sehwag is right. Pujara was christened "the new Wall" just after scoring a couple of 100s. How can a guy be equated to Dravid with just one home series?

  • aryan-is-dravid-fan on December 9, 2012, 1:57 GMT

    Even Sehwag says India has only 6 batsmen - thus Dhoni or one of the top 6 is not worth his weight in this team. How many Indian captains have been lucky enough to not score runs and keep on loosing matches, but still stay as captain?? Time for wholesale changes like we saw post Azharuddin :)

  • WarwickshireRulesOk on December 9, 2012, 1:54 GMT

    England fans and team have had to put up with a lot of arrogant boasting about how their team would be pummelled on the sub continent by India and that they didn't deserve to be Number One at the time. Well they did.

    We know that South Africa do deserve that status now but where are the vocal Indian fans now? Time to eat copious amount of humble pie and THINK before making arrogant boasts in future. IPL has had a detrimental effect on your cricket and now you are paying the price. Money doesn't buy success. Hard work, commitment, pride and practice do. Ashwin played a very courageous innings today, showing up the 'star' batsmen.

    Learn from this defeat, accept DRS and make the last match in this series more compelling.

    Even as an England fan I could not get too excited about the match situation today because India had played pathetically and capitulated. Where's your pride? Please pick a fit, competitive and proud team for the final match and show why test cricket's the best format.

  • hnlns on December 9, 2012, 1:44 GMT

    One has to wonder whether Ashwin is a better batsmen primarily and a bonus as a bowler. He surely deserves a higher spot in batting order so he can score more runs which might help boost his confidence in bowling also. Quite obviously, he is a much better batsman than the top half which more brittle than glass in reality but very heavy on paper only. The absence of the Dravid and VVS is being sorely felt. The presence or absence of Tendulkar and Sehwag hardly seems to matter. This sad state of affairs where bowlers cannot bowl out opposition and top order batsmen failing consistently to score heavily has brought India to the verge of losing the series rather badly I would say. Hard to see them coming back at Nagpur with this kind of team, that too after two heavy defeats.

  • on December 9, 2012, 1:30 GMT

    Its interesting, its like Suraj hasnt read a word in the article above. New members need time to adjust to team dynamics and international pressure. I am sure that the new members are striving to do really well for their country as well. Give them time to settle.

  • on December 9, 2012, 1:26 GMT

    I agree with Suraj..I also feel MSD should be dropped from the test team and Dinesh karthik or W.Saha brought in for wicket-keeping duties..and batting.. The only issue is there is no clear candidate to captain the Test Team except maybe Sehwag, though nobody in the current team except maybe Ojha and Ashwin has a guarantee of a place..Even Sehwag does not.. Speaking of Sehwag it is high time he made some centuries..he has become a once in 5 matches 30-40 score type of guy.....compare him with openers from other countries, and he is a poor comparison..

  • on December 9, 2012, 1:22 GMT

    All the six older batsmen should be dropped from the next match, except Pujara, none of them showed any promise. Dhoni should be replaced. There is no leader in this team

  • alarky on December 9, 2012, 1:17 GMT

    Ashwin is no Laxman, but I am surprised that up to now, the pundits have not yet detected the natural similarity in mannerisms, stroke play, etc between these two players. I think Ashwin is quite ready for his stint at No. 4 in this team.

  • here2rock on December 9, 2012, 1:09 GMT

    "Capable" and actually doing are two different things Sehwag, you need rest along with other 6 batsman in the side who can walk the talk. As a supporter and fan, we are sick of these statements. Happy retirement!

  • Alexk400 on December 9, 2012, 0:58 GMT

    Please post this comments so others see. I know i am dhoni fan as well as sehwag fan. But dhoni lost his leadership skills after world cup. May be arrogance creeped into his brain. Some captains are good at building young team. Some are good at using good players. I do believer dravid , ganguly , duncan fletcher , greg chappell are great at buidling team If you compare greg chappel and duncan fletcher to NBA coaches dough collins comes to mind. Great brain. X&Os. Great skills. But he was good at building but not a coach for winning playoff games. That is what we have in duncan fletcher who probably great for zimbabwe , bangladesh , kenya and even New zealand. So what i am saying is even though dhoni is cooolest "POLITICALLY CORRECT" speaking captain ever , his time has come to get out of TEST cricket. Time to drop Gambhir , yuvi , sachin , Dhoni , zaheer khan ...all at same time. Thats only way to fix things. Drop sachin along with everyone if he do not want to retire on his own.

  • Alexk400 on December 9, 2012, 0:52 GMT

    LOOK WHO IS TALKING about PATIENCE!. Funny. That said i am hard core sehwag fan. Even if he fails million times i keep him. I like his spirit!. He is only guy i keep in current indian team along with pujara and kohli. I DUMP REST!.

  • on December 9, 2012, 0:49 GMT

    It's shame that Indian players do not drop their egos. Somone come to our land and kick butt in our own yard. This series show that we are not prepared and read for change. Players should be dropped as soon as their performence go down regardles if he is Sachin or someone else. All players should earn their spot in the team and not given. They need to keep their mouth shut and instead let their bettting/bowling do the talking on their behalf. Instead of giving them guarenteed contract, players should be paid by their performance. Hope team managment will learn from this humiliating home series.

  • Humdingers on December 9, 2012, 0:48 GMT

    As an Indian fan (questionable after this loathsome effort) this is painful to watch. But hopefully with a series loss (yes England will win the nest test) change will be forced. I can't see a test team prospering with Gambir, Yuvraj, Zaheer and Dhoni in the squad. The all rounder needs to be in there to bolster the bowling. Play Ashwin as an all rounder. Or Pathan depending on the pitch. SRT is another post all together!

  • indianpunter on December 9, 2012, 0:32 GMT

    broken tape.. all over again. i dont even want to post a comment to qualify this continued denial

  • JyothiRaj on December 8, 2012, 23:59 GMT

    The problem with Indian batsmen is they forgot tp play Test in its way.Viru clr\early said that.Never seen Sachin so hurry to make runs before.Something must be learned is shot selection.More you defend solidly.their bowlers also get frustrated,not that they are inhumane.Team India has to come out of T20 mindset.Learn from Cook.

  • Jai_Sharma on December 8, 2012, 23:51 GMT

    Very true. Indian batsmen are not an embarassment, the entire indian team is! Australia got a false sense of superiority after the 4-0 whitewash with Ponting, Clarke, Hussey getting big double and triple hundreds against a mediocre attack and the young quicks knocking off mediocre batsmen. they came a cropper against SAF. Hpefully the poms do not get a false sense of superiority after this :)

  • terrifyingwarriors on December 8, 2012, 23:36 GMT

    It's been very hard to watch India loose in there home grounds. But the fact that there are mentally challenged is what make me feel sad. I'd say it's an 'one man army" from caption Cook! I believe India is playing with more anger than the end result, only cricketers like Pujara has played a thinking game thus far but, this is where the coach should come in and cool then down and let then know what they are playing for.. Too be honest I'v seen Indian come back from death while they had Gary Kristen as a coach. Coach players an vital role than most people imagine. Conclusion: india should find a better coach and I don't care if they play IPL but they should surely play some first- class games. I really wanted India to win this series but now am hopping Indian won't lose this series.

  • on December 8, 2012, 23:21 GMT

    Sehwag's advocacy of patience is an ominous sign for Indian cricket. Our attitude towards test cricket is abominable. I strongly think that we should just resort to playing one dayers and T20 (not that we are reigning supreme in these formats) atleast we seem to offer fewer excuses for our lack of performance. If we are serious about pursuing test cricket I think we should Get rid of Dhoni as the test captain (i bet he will be be relieved if this happens) and make Sehwag the captain (we need someone who just believes in playing the game and does not get bogged down by external factors.....pitch, media et al). And yet again for the zillionth time, Sachin Tendulkar was presented with the opportunity to play the innings of his lifetime, but that was not be.....i think just wants to save himself of the embarrassment of getting out to a fast bowler, so he is giving away his wicket to spinners.

  • on December 8, 2012, 23:10 GMT

    Funny Sehwag should mention patience. That's not one of his favourite traits.

  • gagster on December 8, 2012, 23:07 GMT

    I don't like to criticise team India, but this time around they made me do that. I think team India need some big changes in order to earn some respect in test cricket. They need to call in youngsters, who are, even their good performance but still waiting for their place in team specially Manoj Tiwary, Ajinkya Rahane. For how long they have to wait for some old team members to give them way into the team. Just one more thing ' can some one teach Indian players to learn to play for your country not for your ego's. no one can win matches like this. In the end I just want to say ' selectors open your eyes and look for players who are dedicate to the sport not those who just care about their attitude and ego.

  • kirankerai on December 8, 2012, 22:31 GMT

    england just met a good team that can beat anyone even south africa when they get it right. india are now asking what they did not 2 years ago a chance to change for the better.

  • hoodbu on December 8, 2012, 22:31 GMT

    On the one hand he says, "It is a transition period for us, you have to give time to the youngsters".

    On the other hand he says it's not about experience and that Yuvraj and Kohli have played enough.

    Make up your mind!

  • on December 8, 2012, 22:13 GMT

    The embarrassment is that India don't even look interested, especially in the field. Sehwag is vey over rated and gets shown up time and again for his lack of foot movement - either batting or planted motionless at slip..... India have big problems.......

  • Jaggadaaku on December 8, 2012, 21:53 GMT

    Looks like another comprehensive defeats at Mumbai and Kolkatta), India are going to keep the same team. Current Ranji series, Ravindra Jadeja blasted 2 triple centuries in 5 games; however, Yuvi made only 1 double century and got a place in test side. Only God and selectors know what they are doing? I mean if you don't want to select the player from domestic performance, why wasting time and money for domestic tournaments? Look at the AUS and ENG.....their T20, ODIs, and Test sides have totally different players, but in Indian team, 7-8 players play in all three formats of cricket. Looks like the selectors don't wanna work on that matter. For example, opener Gambhir in even test, every shot he plays comes 3 steps forward trying take a run. When he set on the crease to play, I always feel like he is standing on the edge of sword, trying to balance his feet too much. Believe me T20 and ODIs experts-Yuvi, Kohli, Raina, and Dhoni never be successive in tests.

  • on December 8, 2012, 21:29 GMT

    Dhoni there to prove himself and his team selection right only cost of India lost. time to revolution...

  • on December 8, 2012, 21:15 GMT

    "Do as I say, not as I do"

  • on December 8, 2012, 21:01 GMT

    Ashwin at 6 is making more & more sense. He is not good enough as a bowler but he is good enough as a batsman to bat at 6. Also, India needs 5 bowlers. Rohit Sharma for Tendulkar, Aaron, Yadav & Pankaj Singh to replace Zaheer, Ishant & Yuvraj, are the changes that are needed.

  • on December 8, 2012, 20:57 GMT

    I'm sad to break it up to you dear sehwag, but the GOD(Dravid) has retired. No god can save this test now.

  • Nutcutlet on December 8, 2012, 20:56 GMT

    Once again, here we have an example of a prominent Indian player practising the one talent for which Indian cricketers have lately developed a genius; it's called self-delusion. If all that is needed (oh, how many of them talk a good game these days!) is patience, then why couldn't he, perhaps the one batsman England was genuinely wary of, show the way? Practice what you preach-type-thing. Walk the walk. Never mind, perhaps it's a case of do as I say, not do as I do - a bit like irresponsible parenting, isn't it? Attempting to collar Swann the first ball after the lunch interval rivals Ian Bell's brain-dead swipe at his first ball in Ahmedabad as the assinine shot of the series. Underneath all of this lame excusing of another lamentable Indian batting performance lies an unplatatable truth: too many Indian players have lost the discipline, the stamina, the sheer bloody-minded, over-my-dead-body grit to make a fight of things. After all, the IPL begins soon, so who really cares, eh?

  • on December 8, 2012, 20:54 GMT

    There is no unity among these fellows in the Indian team - neither is there any humility to work together as a team - Hence they are becoming the laughing stock of millions of people. Each of these guys in the team has a bigger ego than the other person in the team, hence we have what we have.

    Have you noticed the oneness ( the way the English Team is gelling together ) on the field ? It is pretty apparent.

    May God save the Indian team and their selectors who are equally to blame.

  • A_Vacant_Slip on December 8, 2012, 20:37 GMT

    India batsmen "not an embarressment" eh? and this from Mr Viru King Pair Sehwag himself. So - is he blaming the India bowler? How unfair is that? If India batsman performance at Mumbai and Kolkata "not an embarressment" then what is?

  • o-bomb on December 8, 2012, 20:31 GMT

    "...the moment we put up the runs, 500 plus, it's a different ball game..." When are they going to do that? They haven't looked capable of it yet. Only Pujara has shown any application this series. They need to get different guys in.

  • ultimatewarrior on December 8, 2012, 20:29 GMT

    Thanks to England to show the cricket world that Indians had lost in Eng/Aus by 8-0 NOT bcoz of they can't play fast bowlers but they were out of form and therefore are failing at home also and due to bad form are unable to play at local grounds also......It concludes when India will be in good form they can easily win at ANY pitch and in any condition....An OVER OPTIMISTIC FAN

  • IAS2009 on December 8, 2012, 20:29 GMT

    winning toss and scoring less than 500 on flat pitch will not win matches, indian batting lacked patience in last two defeats, monty and swan have dried run scoring opportunities and batsmen have no patience to wait for bad ball, it is no IPL or ODI match. The way Indian batting has gone Ashwin should play as a batsman and have extra bowler in the team, India also need genuine quick bowler who can get wickets on flat decks, also SRT should announce retirement for better of Indian team. ZK, Yuvrag singh Gautam Gambhir should be gone also. It is better to loose with young team. I do not see Dhoni position in test team, so clean house and rebuild team. In last few series Dhoni tactics is to wait for things to happen nothing out of the box thinking. I am not sure who is best for test captain may be Kohli or Pujara.

  • quittthewhinging on December 8, 2012, 20:27 GMT

    Every time the camera focussed on Sehwag in the field he was grinning from ear to ear, like what was unfolding around him was of no consequence. One time he said something to Dhoni with a grin on his face and Dhoni ignored him. His whole attitude leaves much to be desired. btw When last did he score a century, something you would expect from an opening/senior batsman?

  • on December 8, 2012, 20:23 GMT

    we neither have a quality fast bowler nor we have a quality spinner, and now we have a batting order where no body except sehwag & tendulkar have an average of 50+ (leave pujara he is still in early days)... Time for India to build a proper new team take some hard decisions, against Aus try a new spinner & at least 1 new fast bowler, change batting order bring gambhir at 4 and take a new opener,drop yuvraj in the 4th test itself

  • Sandeepscorp on December 8, 2012, 20:22 GMT

    Please for God sake ...make Dhoni retire from test cricket with immediate effect ...He is becoming a burden on the team ..its high time now the selectors gather some guts ..Players like Ishant ,Zaheer,Ashwin also fall in the same category..How on earth the selectors feel Ashwin a good bowler just baffling..Ishant making a comeback after a year or two ..look at his body language ..as if making a 50yr old man work.. Give this team a PUNGI in their hands and make them sit at a railway station..

  • cricketfrenzy444 on December 8, 2012, 20:18 GMT

    Sehwag:

    "We are still fighting. Hopefully something happens tomorrow and we can save the match, but I… only god can help us."

    Seriously!!! He thinks we can still save this test match?! Keep dreaming!

  • baskar_guha on December 8, 2012, 20:12 GMT

    @ John_Firth - Two reasons - Cook and the English bowling but Cook much more than anyone else. Take him out of the equation and you have a less dominating English team which may still may win some matches in India but not as convincingly.

  • itsthewayuplay on December 8, 2012, 19:44 GMT

    Sehwag is correct that Aswin's performance is not an embarassment - it's way beyond that. It's incompetence. There's nothing to be ashamed of if you're not good enough but showing any fight is emabarassing. Sad state of affairs when India has to rely on a tailender to ensure that the game doesn't end by an innings defeat on the 4th day.

  • itsthewayuplay on December 8, 2012, 19:39 GMT

    'It's not about new and young.' Wrong. It's all about new and young. New younger players will have the hunger to do well. The older players have been guaranteed their place regardless of form and fitness. There's no real concept of competition for places or depth in squad with the same old players picked who have never realised the motivating power of being excluded. Harbajan's recall to the squad shows how not do time out of the game. A dropped player has to earn the his place again with consistently good performances and not because of perceived lack of alternative players. Better to give lessor known player the experience of international cricket.

  • on December 8, 2012, 19:17 GMT

    Well said Sehwag it is not easy for newcomers to bat and have patience like Rahul and Sehwag they were kohinoor of test cricket and will be remembered for their outstanding performence in test cricket and for their patience at field when india will loose matches like these matches .

  • itsthewayuplay on December 8, 2012, 19:16 GMT

    There you have it - with all the tests between Gambhir Sehwag and Tendulkar have between them, if they don't have patience then why not give batsmen who do have patience an opportunity. The reality is that these guys used to be flat track bullies but they're even that anymore. Instead of thinking about the future the selectors, captain and their die-hard fans wait for every 15-20 tests for these guys to score a century and defending their inclusion by saying the batting cupboard is bare. These guys including Yuvraj are simply no longer test level cricketers. Give them flat tracks and a white where the ball doesn't move in the air, off the seam, spin, bounce above waist high and they'll score runs.

  • on December 8, 2012, 19:16 GMT

    Well said Sehwag it is not easy for newcomers to bat and have patience like Rahul and Sehwag they were kohinoor of test cricket and will be remembered for their outstanding performence in test cricket and for their patience at field when india will loose matches like these matches .

  • on December 8, 2012, 19:10 GMT

    This is part of the problem; for some reason the Indian fans, players and to a lesser extent Indian commentators love to talk about India's batting. Their batting is their STRONG point. It is the bowling that really is pathetic, and sheer weight of runs added by England against this woeful attack is the reason India's batsmen struggled. There is far less pressure on the likes of Ashwin to do well with the bat, hence a free scoring and confident innings from him (along with the extremely back-handed compliment from Shastri that he is, or soon will be an 'all-rounder' when he is in the team for his bowling alone!:p(!)). India have some great young prospects in the batting department; Kohli (when in form), Pujara, and Rahane are all the envy of other nations. CONGRATULATIONS! Now let's talk about the bowling please, because a strong Indian TEST team is what world cricket needs. Not this shambles led by a man who seems like he'd rather be playing IPL!

  • on December 8, 2012, 19:09 GMT

    Well said sehwag it is not easy for newcomers to bat or have patience like Rahul and Laxman they were the kohinoor of test cricekt they will be remembered not only for batting but for their patience also.

  • theRule19 on December 8, 2012, 18:56 GMT

    Its absolutely shameful the way the Indian batsmen threw their wickets on the fourth day of a test in which things were against them from the 1st innings or should one say its only themselves to blame for the brand of cricket they have played over the last six months or so. They just dont seem to be encouraged to play Test cricket anymore and lack the patience and application to play the longer format of the game. It wont be surprising if England wins the series after a long while in India and really for the Indian team a lot of introspection has to be done to bring the form they once had playing test cricket. Nonetheless, Best luck to the Indian team for this series and the future series.

  • Cpt.Meanster on December 8, 2012, 18:48 GMT

    Viru is an amazing player BUT he too is a victim of his own brashness, laziness, and complacency. His shot after the lunch break to miss an orthodox off spinning delivery from Swann is a crime of humongous proportions. Also, WHY doesn't he go and talk to the Indian team management about his preference to drop down to the middle order ? Why does he keep opening if that's not what he wants to do ? When will the nation's pride and dignity become the forefront of the team's mantra ? I simply cannot understand it. Also, why is he defending Yuvi ? Yuvraj is not fit to play test cricket and the WHOLE country knows it. Why do the selectors persist with their arrogance ? I think 2 deserving batsmen by the names of Rahane and Tiwary are missing out simply because Yuvraj made an emotional comeback to world cricket !! When playing for INDIA, there should NOT be any room for emotional sentiments. It's either you win or lose.

  • AnchitB on December 8, 2012, 18:38 GMT

    I don't understand y sehwag is asking our batsman to be more patient. I think the Indian players already are the most patient players in the world.Look how patiently Gambhir is waiting for his century from 2010, sehwag for his century outside sub-continent from 2008, just see the patience of Yuvraj, he is trying to establish himself in test side for 9 years now... and I don't even want to mention the "God" of Patience...tendulkar.....patiently waiting for his retirement for god knows how long.......

  • gnshah on December 8, 2012, 18:37 GMT

    I think indian team needs some major changes. First of all, change the captain. Give some younger player a chance to be captain in test instead of Dhoni. then ask Sachin to respectfully retire from Cricket as his time is up. Give chance to younger player like Rahane, Raine( yes give him some more chances), ambati rayadu, parthiv patel. BCCI should also hire some legend spinners and have them trained upcoming spinners. WE do not have any world class spinner in team right now.

  • Pandyan on December 8, 2012, 18:25 GMT

    I dont understanding still what wrong this Indian team can do to maintain the same team we lost outside India, then people said it was bound to happen, but losing in India and that too this kind of defeat... its very embarasing as an Indian fan. Now its time for the selectors to take some tough calls they should drop Dhoni from tests he is not a good test player and his captaincy is getting more worse then ever and we should look for some young bowlers, zak should be taken out and get in Varon Aaron he was good in some tests he played. Selectors to make some tough call in the next coming test or this will continue.

  • samudralakiku on December 8, 2012, 18:22 GMT

    It is time for the team to be ashamed of themselves. As Indian fans, we are ashamed of watching you guys plan even after such lack luster performances by the team over the last year or so.

  • on December 8, 2012, 18:19 GMT

    I just hope the selection committee which is meeting tomorrow makes some sensible selection...........Time for Ajinkya Rahane and Manoj Tiwari to be given chance...............High Time Dhoni accepts the loss with grace and doesnt give any reason

  • ToTellUTheTruth on December 8, 2012, 18:18 GMT

    "We have six batsmen who are capable of scoring hundreds and double hundreds."...really? May be it is time to use past tense as in "We had six batsmen who we thought would be capable of scoring hundreds and double hundreds."

  • on December 8, 2012, 18:14 GMT

    Gambhir ran out both Sehwag and Pujara. He needs to practice his running between the wickets while Tendukar, Yuvraj, Ashwin, I. Sharma and Dhoni should be replaced by I. Pathan, Tiwary, Rohit Sharma, Naman Ohja and Sanjeev Sharma. Enough idolizing the oldies who are no longer goodies. Tendulkar should be more classy (like Dravid, Laxman, Ponting, Strauss, etc.) and retire now before he makes even more people dislike him for hanging around and not giving younger cricketers a chance they deserve much more than him. Guarantee you that if SRT goes to South Africa, he will not amass 100 runs in all the Test matches combined. He was great once but is very ordinary at the moment. Let's give him a flying send-off which even he will appreciate and make him believe that he is retiring on his own accord instead of being let go from the Indian team he has served so well.

  • on December 8, 2012, 18:14 GMT

    Green tops again,we need our own conditions....seamer friendly conditions are no good to our success...so much lateral movement here and there.

  • ChuckyDoll on December 8, 2012, 18:14 GMT

    What his comments translate into is: "Don't hold us accountable. We will play however we want because we have job security". Hail... 'Job Security' !!

  • RedShirt on December 8, 2012, 18:08 GMT

    Is there a typo in the headline or did sehwag misspoke ? The batting is an embarassment, right ? What did i miss ?

  • lesterloyd on December 8, 2012, 18:00 GMT

    It doesn't make any sense by letting the God of Cricket to FAIL over and over and playing continuously.. What a Great Nation with young players.. im really worried about this..

  • on December 8, 2012, 17:53 GMT

    Patience?? When was the last time he himself showed patience?? Ludicrous!

  • sinhasurajit on December 8, 2012, 17:40 GMT

    Situation of our cricket team is similar to politicians. Talk a lot, get lot of money in the name of country, have no pride for the nation and do not feel bad insulting the country and millions of Indians.

  • Semoli on December 8, 2012, 17:38 GMT

    He keeps talking about youngsters!, it is the seniors who are not performing...Sehwag, Gambir, Tendulkar, Dhoni, Yuvaraj,Zaheer and Ishant are playing below par for the last season and a half. You expect the youngsters to find their feet and that is fine as long these seniors can get their act together.

  • on December 8, 2012, 17:21 GMT

    Bring back Badrinath and give him enough chances..You guys have given many chances to Yuvraj ..No doubt,he is an excellent limited overs batsman..but not in test..Any selectors can tell one valid reason to ignore Badrinath...Scored more then 7000 runs in domestic cricket..Showed his maturity and talent in every condition with every attack..

  • on December 8, 2012, 17:17 GMT

    It is not about patience, it is about fitness and age; both ar not on india's side.Tendulkar reall age is more then stated age, so is sehwag and Zaheer. Yuvraj is half the player he was before the chemo. Ashwin and Ojha are absolutely average, itis not 20/20 cricket. Asian teams are losing the grip on this game of cricket. India and Srilanka are loosing more often at home, then winning abroad. Pakistan is destroying itself in every field. Top 3-4 teams in all formats are non Asian teams. Time to ponder.

  • on December 8, 2012, 17:13 GMT

    Finally it is Dhoni's turn to say that india is the final frontier.

  • rock_kar on December 8, 2012, 17:10 GMT

    Our batting is the main culprit. Bring in Manoj Tiwari, Rohit Sharma instead of Tendulkar and Yuvraj. We should know by now that Yuvraj is not fit for Tests.

  • baranasai on December 8, 2012, 17:00 GMT

    I entirely agreee with Suraj.It is time we say good bye to some of the non performmers and liablities in the team .the new comers may make mistakes but they will learn after some tie and start team building.it is embarassment to have SRT -look Ricky whatever he has done for aussies-they made it clear that he wont be considered unless his performance speaks -he also understood the situation and did not want to live on grace time by scoring a 76 and staying for 3 more series. It is time the capatain has been given a shake- my feeling is MSD is at the end of his teather and he himself will resign-he has earned enough done okish so it is time to let him go. About new comers there should be a rotation syatem so that every start analysing how they should be performing and concentrate on the work-it is professional cricket-they have been paid highly and expected to deliver Hence all the criticism from all sides Nothing personal against SRT or MSD U Either do it or let some body else do it

  • on December 8, 2012, 16:57 GMT

    it would be better to ask sehwag to bat lower in the order and ask Vijay to open and drop Yuvi.. for next Test...

  • yuva19 on December 8, 2012, 16:49 GMT

    Badrinath can do a better job than Yuvi or Virat, atleast in test cricket

  • on December 8, 2012, 16:47 GMT

    drop plyers list sehwag,gambhir,kohli,sachin,yuvi,dhoni,zaheer,ishant n get new talent rahane,dinda,badrinath, etc

  • FLIPPER_99 on December 8, 2012, 16:45 GMT

    kohli won the ICC ODI player of the year** Sangakkara won the ICC cricketer of the year.. there's a big difference in that & sehwag should know that.. anyways sehwag should accept that the Indian bowling is toothless and that in turn is putting pressure on an already fragile batting lineup to put on 500+ totals every time they come to bat which is not an easy task. and also being embarrassed isnt the worst thing right now b'cause it would prompt them to work harder and improve more.

  • SixoverSlips on December 8, 2012, 16:41 GMT

    Sehwag has a point that the batsmen did not show patience, and today's second session being a prime example. But the performance of bowlers seem to go under the radar. They have been a very big problem. On the first day and fourth day, we see English fast bowlers troubling batsmen with their reverse swing and English spinners bothering batsmen with spin, loop, drift and variations. Yet, in between these two days, Indian bowlers made no impression. Very lackluster and toothless. I don't agree with Gavaskar that talent is not a problem with this side (only attitude). Ishant has one of the best attitude, but right now his bowling form does not warrant selection. Drop Ashwin. Yes, he batted well, but he failed in his main job for two successive tests. Drop Gambhir. He has been a mess mentally and plays a part in taking out another wicket apart from his own. Drop Yuvraj. Think about dropping Zaheer Khan also. Oh yes, Dhoni definitely. He has stopped performing in Test matches for a long tim

  • citizenkc on December 8, 2012, 16:36 GMT

    I am sorry, Sehwag, but the truth is out. The Emperor has no clothes. India has been in a massive state of denial even after losing 8 tests in a row. When Ohja and Ashwin were doing so well against WI and NZ at home, many of us felt that the celebrations were premature. When up against class batsmen, on their own pitches, they have failed. The pace cupboard, likewise, is completely bare. Zaheer's best days are behind him, and Ishant is mediocre at best. Our batting is fragile. Kohli and Yuvraj have not proved themselves at Test level, and Sachin will soon be retiring. Our highly paid selectors need to earn their salary and start a real overhaul of the team. If this is our predicament on our shores, I fear what awaits us overseas. We can't just blame the IPL. There is a deep systemic problem in Indian cricket and no one seems to be interested in solving it. Instead, we have Dhoni and others constantly seeking excuses. If they were politicians, they would have been voted out of office!

  • mehmoodc on December 8, 2012, 16:25 GMT

    If this performance is not embarassing what is Shewag? This is the difference between the current Indian team and other good/great teams SA, Eng and Aus. When they do extremely well they still have their feet grounded unlike India (remember the T20 WC win and 2011 WC win?). When they don't perform they feel ashamed, take responsibility and go work on getting better instead of making embarassing statements like this.

  • ramps2000 on December 8, 2012, 16:20 GMT

    A perfectly fair report of some fairly reasonable comments by Sehwag. Thank you.

    A really terrible headline though, wholly inaccurate in its representation. Regrettably low, tabloid-style standard. Please do better.

  • stormy16 on December 8, 2012, 16:05 GMT

    I am afraid India's batting is nothing but an embarassment in the last two games. You gotta call a spade a spade and India cannot hide anymore. They have been tested and they have failed. In Eng and Aus the excuses were many and one can understand the conditions playing its part but at home there are no excuses. The Eng spinners have been sensational while the Indian batting has looked like Eng in the past - unable to read or play quality spin. Yes the Eng batting has been good but what about the Indian batting, the so called strenght was no where. The manner of the dismissals are a concern as well.

  • on December 8, 2012, 15:55 GMT

    The transition should have started with WI 2011 tour after WC 2011. And again during India's season vs NZ and the matches against SL. But India have underestimated England. They have looked rusty, out of form, disinterested and lacking focus. There is a dearth of talent suddenly...

  • on December 8, 2012, 15:47 GMT

    six batsmen!!!!! I thought we played with 7 batsmen...may be he is not considering MSD as batsman..

  • on December 8, 2012, 15:47 GMT

    If *this* isn't an embarrassment, I don't know what is!

    An appalling display of cricket by the home team. Full marks to the visitors for not looking back even when presented with turners.

    So much so for other teams who complain that turning pitches are un-sportive...

  • IPSY on December 8, 2012, 15:45 GMT

    Virender won the first game. And we all know that unless he comes off again in this series, 'sdooms day for the Indian team. This has been the case for a very long time now.

  • Maxyboy_123 on December 8, 2012, 15:39 GMT

    Shewag would be the first person I would drop. He is clearly not the batsman of 2010. His only hundred since then came in the first test of this series when it was arguably the easiest for batting in this series. He is slow in the outfield, a hopless runner and plays for himself. The only way to refresh this team team is to drop Shewag and Gambhir and rest Dhoni. No other player in the world has the kind pressure Dhoni experiences. Add to that batting/wk/captain over 3 formats! It just wouldn't happen anywhere else!

  • on December 8, 2012, 15:34 GMT

    Sehwag talking about patience, give me a break. Sehwag said, "Our team is very good team. We have six batsmen who are capable of scoring hundreds and double hundreds. It's not that they are depending on me. It's a team game." Yes ofcourse we have players who can score hundreds and double hundreds-but only on indian pitches. Puajra can be an exception because he is yet to play more matches on foreign soil. And nobody is depending on you, we know that you are a walking wicket. Yes it is a team game but, when the players in the team are so obsessed with personal records, it doesn't matters. And you please never ever speak about playing for the team. If you did care about the team, you would've improved your technique.

  • on December 8, 2012, 15:32 GMT

    Great man, and great words from him... A team man. Love you Viru...!!!

  • spinkingKK on December 8, 2012, 15:29 GMT

    If I am the selector, I am dropping everybody except Ashwin, Ojha, Pujara, Gambhir and Sehwag (put him on final notice, though). Bring in M.Vijay, M.Tiwary and M.Kaif. Bring in KKD Karthik to replace Dhoni, and whichever fast/pedestrian bowlers who are not on stretchers to replace Zaheer and Ishant. For God sake, give the captaincy to somebody who can hold a permanent spot in the team. May be Ashwin. We had enough of this rubbish for too long.

  • on December 8, 2012, 15:17 GMT

    Of course the batsmen are not an embarrassment, their performance is. That is why we need to penalize them by replacing the consistent non performers. Six innings is a long lease. If the reserve players are kept idle without match practice, the very reason they were picked will be lost. Rotate dear selectors.

  • Harold_Larwood on December 8, 2012, 15:06 GMT

    You need to look no further than England's tour matches for hints on which batsmen have more patience than the current lot: (1) Rahul Dewan, (2) Hiken Shah, and (3) Manoj Tiwary. Ashwin of course is no spinner - he is a pretender. Amit Mishra is much better than him.

  • on December 8, 2012, 15:00 GMT

    Unmukt Chand and Shikhar Dhawan, from delhi can replace Sehwag and Gambhir from Delhi

  • on December 8, 2012, 14:57 GMT

    The team need this kind of spirit. Its easy to break when the going gets tough. Well said Sehwag!

  • on December 8, 2012, 14:47 GMT

    Tendulkar needs to get retire and that will resolve Indian batting problem !

  • Rahul_78 on December 8, 2012, 14:43 GMT

    Veeru said aptly "Only God can help us"! The way Indian think tank, Captain, Selectors and Seniors are leaving in the world of Denial..the same statement sound apt for Indian cricket too!

  • on December 8, 2012, 14:39 GMT

    Team for the 4th Test. Vijay, Gambir, Rahane, Pujara, Sehwag, Kholi, Dinesh Kartik, Ashwin, Ishant, Dhinda, Oja. Please drop Tendulkar, Yuvraj and Dhoni. BTW, pitch should be prepared by Mukherjee. He is the best. He absolutely knows how to kill Indian Cricket in India. Whether or not we do well against spin, the pitches India should be for Spinners. If we cannot do that, it is a shame.

  • cricroop on December 8, 2012, 14:33 GMT

    They bowled better than us.. they batted better than us.. they showed more patience than us..they exploited the pitch better than us.. THE SAME DIALOGUES OVER AND OVER AGAIN. For god sake PLANNING, PREPERATION & PLAY your heart out you will get results..SIMPLY COPY ENGLISH,AUS& SA TEAMS. Some of the indian players have gifted talent but just because they are taking it for granted & not showing the killer, aggressive attitude while other teams just by little bit of team work and good tactics are playing better.

  • ckrish51 on December 8, 2012, 14:32 GMT

    This has got to be the joke of the year. Sehwag was, as usual, trying to throw away his wicket by going after Swann needlessly. And, for him to talk about 'patience', is amazing.

    The simple fact is that our players have forgotten how to play test cricket or, perhaps, they are not interested any more. What a shame that England is teaching us how to play test cricket in our own backyard.

    Let us also recognize that we just don't have the bowling to get top test teams out twice. This deficiency has existed for a long time but was hidden thanks to the great middle order batting that we had. Post the retirement of Dravid, Laxman and Ganguly, our batting is no longer posting big totals. Show me one match winning bowler in our ranks.

    BCCI's policy of patronising IPL is not helping our cause either. Young players make a quick buck by playing IPL where very little technique or patience is required.

    India's future in test cricket looks very bleak!

  • SpeedCricketThrills on December 8, 2012, 14:30 GMT

    "If you show more patience, you can score more" - isn't this an admission that India's Test Team is loaded with T20 stars & an ageing Test Superstar? It is high time BCCI recognized T20 as a 'differnet sport' and minimized the number of T20 specialists in the team

  • on December 8, 2012, 14:28 GMT

    Funny Sehwag talks about patience. I am seriously doubting Dhonis test future

  • on December 8, 2012, 14:28 GMT

    Matches are won with good bowlers. England is winning because they have better bowlers. Blame indian Selectors. They selected ordinary bowlers. Dhoni should ask selectors for new bowlers. T20 bowlers can not win Test matches. India need to find a pool of good Test bowlers and keep changing combinations. For last few years, India have the same old bowlers. Not even an English dog is threatened by them. India test team should be chosen based on form, not on laurels or seniority. Aswin is a fighter. I love him for his spirit. But he should not be in Test team, because he is not a great Test bowler.

  • veerang on December 8, 2012, 14:25 GMT

    "It's not embarrassment for betsman, but for the indian cricket fans.

  • Beertjie on December 8, 2012, 14:23 GMT

    Clearly Sehwag took no notice of your article India's year of denial, Sidharth. Still most of his responses were diplomatic as befits a stand-in captain. The big question is, can the selection panel come up with something different when India play Australia. As an Oz supporter hoping for a competitive series why not consider the following 12: Gambhir (capt), Rahane, Pujara, Sehwag, Kohli, Rohit, Karthik, Ashwin, Umesh, Dinda, Ojha, Irfan Pathan. Also get some decent coaches, not Fletcher and Dawes!

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on December 8, 2012, 14:23 GMT

    "When asked how the England bowlers managed to make the pitch look more threatening, Sehwag chose to focus on the batsmen. "Their batsmen showed patience more than ours," he said."

    Sehwag - Try Swann is the biggest turner of the ball in world cricket as you found out today. You were also up against the fastest bowler in the world, and an all-tracks specialist in Anderson. Try again.

  • Htc-Android on December 8, 2012, 14:17 GMT

    to put up 500 runs india needs to prepare flat track( it should almost look like a highway). i doubt if they can do it in flat pitch either.

  • on December 8, 2012, 14:16 GMT

    After every game MSD or any other senior player do complain of anything and say will try next time. That particular next time is not coming. When 1st or 2nd or even 3rd wicket fell the batsman coming next should have patience and try to stay there and help India make run and improve the lead. Sehwag is saying lack of patience is the problem. No one can complain about the pitch, as England has no problem of batting there and only Indians have the problem in their own soil, no one knows whats the problem. Its a great shame for us to even watch this game. Anyway hats off to Ashwin who has to bowl well to get wickets and even bat well to make runs, other well named batsman of no use just have name in record books and on scorecard.

  • SamRoy on December 8, 2012, 14:14 GMT

    Yes Yuvraj must be put to the trash can for test matches. And Kohli needs a sound earfull for playing the rash shots he has been playing and getting out. You Sir, Mr. Sehwag, my favourite test batsman from India (all time favourite is B.C. Lara) must retire from test matches as you are no longer fit enough to play test match cricket. Getting leg-cramps after 20-25 balls is a sure sign to say good bye. And India is only better than NZ(just because their batting is woeful), WI, BD and Zim.

  • cricket-is-passion on December 8, 2012, 14:13 GMT

    I think entire Team India has been playing lot of IPL, ODI's and less tests so they don't have patience at all when playing tests. Gauti, Kohli, Dhoni,Viru are main examples and for some reason Yuvi not constantly performing well in Tests but he plays well in ODI, T20 so better replace him with another player who has much more patience such as Tiwary, Rahane, Jadeja..to build partnerships. Also Dhoni's performance is not good, bowling changes and field placements aren't good. He needs a break, lets give him a break for next match as he has tons load being captain, WK, and batsman ofcourse he never plays well in Tests. I would say since any ways we are losing the matches with Top class batting lets change it completely and see how they perform... 1.Gauti, 2. Viru, 3. Pujara, 4. Kohli, 5. Tiwary, 6. Jadeja, 7. Ashwin, 8. Patel/Dinesh/Saha, 9. Irfan, 10. Khan 11. Ojha/Chavla, Amit. If Chavla/Amit plays there will be lot of veriety in the team..

  • on December 8, 2012, 14:03 GMT

    Dont know why we showed great hurry in bringing back Yuvraj as though he was a great test natsman, and why the hurry to bring back Harbajan - more than the players our gutless selectors lose matches before the match starts - and Tendulkar will play till all his sponsorships are over, he gets a hundred, and he ........ god - first we require selectors with balls, coaches with balls - we wasted three years with saurav ganguly unable to drop him until a chappel showed us the way.... am happy india is losing - the future will hopefully look bright

  • on December 8, 2012, 14:00 GMT

    its time for some of the team members to be dropped, also India must use Ashwin at No 6 and opt for an additional bowler.. Gambhir, Yuvraj, Tendulkar, Zaheer must be dropped and Dhoni given an ultimatum with one more series and one of the youngsters must be given a chance..A new captain may loose matches but India must look ahead and see if we can have a great team in 2 years time..Rahane for Tendulkar and please dont just keep getting Murali Vijay back , give a chance to other players as well..

  • on December 8, 2012, 14:00 GMT

    Surely they ought to be better than our guys at playing in Indian conditions? We get trounced in the first test, so what gives?

  • on December 8, 2012, 13:56 GMT

    Yes..This team Heavily depends on Sehwag and no doubt about that. For at least another 5-10 tests Viru has to take more responsibility and should score Heavily.....

  • Ven61 on December 8, 2012, 13:55 GMT

    Interesting to hear Sehwag speak of patience in the twilight of his career.:-)

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  • Ven61 on December 8, 2012, 13:55 GMT

    Interesting to hear Sehwag speak of patience in the twilight of his career.:-)

  • on December 8, 2012, 13:56 GMT

    Yes..This team Heavily depends on Sehwag and no doubt about that. For at least another 5-10 tests Viru has to take more responsibility and should score Heavily.....

  • on December 8, 2012, 14:00 GMT

    Surely they ought to be better than our guys at playing in Indian conditions? We get trounced in the first test, so what gives?

  • on December 8, 2012, 14:00 GMT

    its time for some of the team members to be dropped, also India must use Ashwin at No 6 and opt for an additional bowler.. Gambhir, Yuvraj, Tendulkar, Zaheer must be dropped and Dhoni given an ultimatum with one more series and one of the youngsters must be given a chance..A new captain may loose matches but India must look ahead and see if we can have a great team in 2 years time..Rahane for Tendulkar and please dont just keep getting Murali Vijay back , give a chance to other players as well..

  • on December 8, 2012, 14:03 GMT

    Dont know why we showed great hurry in bringing back Yuvraj as though he was a great test natsman, and why the hurry to bring back Harbajan - more than the players our gutless selectors lose matches before the match starts - and Tendulkar will play till all his sponsorships are over, he gets a hundred, and he ........ god - first we require selectors with balls, coaches with balls - we wasted three years with saurav ganguly unable to drop him until a chappel showed us the way.... am happy india is losing - the future will hopefully look bright

  • cricket-is-passion on December 8, 2012, 14:13 GMT

    I think entire Team India has been playing lot of IPL, ODI's and less tests so they don't have patience at all when playing tests. Gauti, Kohli, Dhoni,Viru are main examples and for some reason Yuvi not constantly performing well in Tests but he plays well in ODI, T20 so better replace him with another player who has much more patience such as Tiwary, Rahane, Jadeja..to build partnerships. Also Dhoni's performance is not good, bowling changes and field placements aren't good. He needs a break, lets give him a break for next match as he has tons load being captain, WK, and batsman ofcourse he never plays well in Tests. I would say since any ways we are losing the matches with Top class batting lets change it completely and see how they perform... 1.Gauti, 2. Viru, 3. Pujara, 4. Kohli, 5. Tiwary, 6. Jadeja, 7. Ashwin, 8. Patel/Dinesh/Saha, 9. Irfan, 10. Khan 11. Ojha/Chavla, Amit. If Chavla/Amit plays there will be lot of veriety in the team..

  • SamRoy on December 8, 2012, 14:14 GMT

    Yes Yuvraj must be put to the trash can for test matches. And Kohli needs a sound earfull for playing the rash shots he has been playing and getting out. You Sir, Mr. Sehwag, my favourite test batsman from India (all time favourite is B.C. Lara) must retire from test matches as you are no longer fit enough to play test match cricket. Getting leg-cramps after 20-25 balls is a sure sign to say good bye. And India is only better than NZ(just because their batting is woeful), WI, BD and Zim.

  • on December 8, 2012, 14:16 GMT

    After every game MSD or any other senior player do complain of anything and say will try next time. That particular next time is not coming. When 1st or 2nd or even 3rd wicket fell the batsman coming next should have patience and try to stay there and help India make run and improve the lead. Sehwag is saying lack of patience is the problem. No one can complain about the pitch, as England has no problem of batting there and only Indians have the problem in their own soil, no one knows whats the problem. Its a great shame for us to even watch this game. Anyway hats off to Ashwin who has to bowl well to get wickets and even bat well to make runs, other well named batsman of no use just have name in record books and on scorecard.

  • Htc-Android on December 8, 2012, 14:17 GMT

    to put up 500 runs india needs to prepare flat track( it should almost look like a highway). i doubt if they can do it in flat pitch either.

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on December 8, 2012, 14:23 GMT

    "When asked how the England bowlers managed to make the pitch look more threatening, Sehwag chose to focus on the batsmen. "Their batsmen showed patience more than ours," he said."

    Sehwag - Try Swann is the biggest turner of the ball in world cricket as you found out today. You were also up against the fastest bowler in the world, and an all-tracks specialist in Anderson. Try again.