India news February 21, 2014

BCCI to review away performances

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The top brass of the BCCI is likely to meet MS Dhoni and Duncan Fletcher to discuss India's overseas performances which have been consistently on the decline in the last three years. It is understood that the BCCI is concerned, but is not at all thinking about replacing the pair whose positions have come under the scanner once again after the 1-0 Test defeat in New Zealand.

"We want to take stock of the situation," a BCCI insider told ESPNcricinfo. "We want to know what is going wrong. We would like to know from them what is required to improve." According to this official, despite the public criticism of the roles of Dhoni and Fletcher in the past week, the BCCI still retained the confidence in the combination which started work formally from India's tour of England in 2011.

Since then India have lost every overseas tour. India suffered 4-0 whitewashes in England followed by Australia, lost 1-0 to South Africa last December and the series against New Zealand by a similar margin recently. Fletcher's overseas record says 10 defeats in 15 matches while Dhoni has lost nine out of the 14 Tests he has led India in overseas, since Fletcher's appointment.

Fletcher's contract is up for renewal from April 1 and there has been speculation in sections of media about his future. A media report on Friday suggested the BCCI had contacted former England coach Andy Flower. However, the BCCI official denied the report and called it mere speculation.

The overseas defeats have triggered a wide-ranging debate including some scathing remarks from two recent former India captains: Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid.  "Our reputation has been tarnished, but Dhoni needs help," Ganguly told TV channel Headlines Today. "I don't know what Duncan Fletcher is doing. The approach needs to be right, and Fletcher needs to help Dhoni. He has clearly struggled and he needs to be more involved. He needs to plan better and the selectors have to assess and get the right squad."

Joe Dawes, India's bowling coach, was also pulled up by Ganguly who felt that the Queenslander's working style was not entirely convincing. "I saw Allan Donald in South Africa, walking around the boundary line, talking to his bowlers. But I don't see Joe Dawes doing that."

If Ganguly was severe on the coaches, Dravid felt Dhoni had grown defensive in his approach abroad. "I think he's got to realise this very quickly, that if he wants to win Test matches abroad, he's got to risk it all," Dravid told ESPNcricinfo reviewing the New Zealand Test series. "He's got to take that chance that he's going to have to lose some Test matches. The only way you can win abroad is to take a few risks, take a few gambles."

Nagraj Gollapudi is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • satchander on February 24, 2014, 22:07 GMT

    Why cannot we simply have 2 different captains? One for Test Cricket (Virat Kohli) and one for ODI/T20 (MS Dhoni). It works so well for other teams - this way we can still get the best out of this Indian team. The problem is that people in India are so obsessed with POWER. They never want their authority to be diluted by sharing it others. The good of Indian cricket will never be looked at but only personal goals and leadership ambitions are looked at. Indian cricket will never improve in overseas conditions unless we make a leadership change in Test cricket NOW ! Else be prepared to lose in England 0-5 and in Australia 0-4 AGAIN this year with Dhoni leading the team !

  • Naresh28 on February 24, 2014, 8:48 GMT

    India has a variety of coaches to choose from due to the IPL connection. I feel a WI bowling coach should be hired. Kumble could make a good head coach if he would except that role. He is thoroughly professional and has gone thru the grind.A great opportunity for him. Tendulkar should open a batting academy to train young upcoming batsman. Ganguly will become a selector in the future. Dravid should be used as a batting expert.

  • Naresh28 on February 24, 2014, 8:34 GMT

    To win test matches INDIA needs to overhaul their bowling unit. If we go in with 4 specialist bowlers instead of 5 we will CONTINUE TO LOSE. If we look at Pak we will see that their bowlers can win them matches even if the 4th innings require 250-300 runs by the opposition. India will not be comfortable with targets below 450. Dhoni's stratagies work in the shorter format but not the long format. He needs to CHANGE or be given the boot.

  • KishorKumar25 on February 24, 2014, 8:15 GMT

    Its problem with Dhoni's captaincy style. It works wonderfully in ODI but not in Tests. I think Ganguly would have won in Auckland with same bowling line-up.

  • vijayNaidu on February 24, 2014, 7:59 GMT

    Well, As per my cricket knowledge i would go for stephen fleming as a batting coach, Glenn Mcgrath is for bowling coach and finally Jontey Rhodes is for fielding coach.I would suggest drop Dhoni from test team give much more time to concentrate on limited overs format where he is best.

    Team for Test format: 1.Shikhar Dhawan 2. Rohit Sharma 3. Chateshwar Pujara 4. Virat Kohli 5.Dinesh Karthik 6. Rahane 7. Ravindra Jadeja 8. Ishwar Pandey 9. Bhuvaneshwar Kumar 10. Mohammd Shami 11.Varun Aaron 12.Ojha 13.Umesh Yadav 14.Vijay Joel 15.Ambati Rayudu VIRAT is the captain for this team.

    ODI format, let Dhoni be the captain untill WorldCup 2015 then pass over to VIRAT. Team for ODI format: 1.Shikhar Dhawan 2. Rohit Sharma 3. Chateshwar Pujara 4. Virat Kohli 5.Dhoni 6. Stuart Binny 7. Ravindra Jadeja 8. Ashwin 9. Bhuvaneshwar Kumar 10. Mohammd Shami 11.Varun Aaron 12.Umesh Yadav 13.Ambati Rayudu 14.Amit Mishra 15.Ishwar Pandey

    This team is definitely win matches all over the world.

  • Nampally on February 23, 2014, 14:09 GMT

    I would like to see Ganguly & Dravid doing something positive in making changes to the autocratic BCCI system which has not groomed alternates to Dhoni as a Captain. Strangely, a captain who blunders badly, cannot be disposed! Even if England's & Australian 4-0 white wash were due to an aging team, what about losing a series to 8th placed NZ decisively? Anyone with some understanding of Cricket can see how Dhoni blew the 2 winnable series into losses from a dominant position! There is no point in blaming the team bowling when they put the team in winning position with 26 for 5 & 94 for 5 in 2 NZ Tests. The worst feature of Dhoni's captaincy was lack of developing 5 bowlers of the Test calibre & get consistent performances from them. When a Captain believes in 3 specialist bowlers there is no chance of 5 Bowlers. Batting alone cannot win the matches. If batting fails, you lose. Dhoni's insane reliance on batting has cost India so many losses. 3 Bowlers bowled their hearts OUT for India!

  • TheUltimateTruth on February 23, 2014, 12:52 GMT

    @JustAnObservation, where have Sehwag, Gambhir, Bhajji, Yuvi, etc. proved their worth after they were dropped? They have failed continuously in almost all domestic formats and opportunities they have had after they were dropped from the national team. They were great, even awesome, for India once, but not anymore. Most unbiased observers would not want to drop Dhawan for Sehwag, Ashwin/Jadeja for Bhajji, Rahane for Yuvi -- may be Gambhir could be considered for Vijay, but even that is not obvious. Don't lash out at Dhoni just because you are disappointed India lost. Bowlers need more experience abroad and pray that fielders will hold on to more catches!

  • Johnny_129 on February 23, 2014, 0:29 GMT

    Has the BCCI just woken up?? Instead of investigating the teams performance, the BCCI should investigate its own performance! This is not a joke - I'm serious! Fans argue over team selection - mainly in the fast bowling department. Some say Yadav or Aron instead of Ishant, others suggest Zak's retirement etc. but at the end of the day, there is not even two pace bowlers India can choose from with a great deal of confidence to bowl out Test teams twice, let alone blow them away cheaply! With a nation of a billion, we should be able to develop at least 50 bowlers who can blow the opposition away, regardless of whether the best 4 are selected!!!! It took a tyre manufacturer to start a fast bowling academy of note - something the BCCI should have done many years prior. Furthermore, what did BCCI do to further aid the development - Nothing!

  • nilb on February 22, 2014, 22:59 GMT

    The only way BCCI can keep a good team, make fans happy and earn good money is by avoid touring outside IND where there's bouncy faster pitches and banning the use of bouncers which are too dangerous for batting gods.

  • Alexk400 on February 22, 2014, 19:22 GMT

    Never indian coach please. I know duncan is useless. But hiring indian coach will always end up political disaster because as indian he has to take side of the zone he came from and it will gets ugly. There is no independent people in india. So best choice is foreign coach even if he is as bad as duncan fletcher. Any foreign coach will do better than any smart indian coach. Period.

    BCCI will never dump dhoni. We can dream but never happens.

  • satchander on February 24, 2014, 22:07 GMT

    Why cannot we simply have 2 different captains? One for Test Cricket (Virat Kohli) and one for ODI/T20 (MS Dhoni). It works so well for other teams - this way we can still get the best out of this Indian team. The problem is that people in India are so obsessed with POWER. They never want their authority to be diluted by sharing it others. The good of Indian cricket will never be looked at but only personal goals and leadership ambitions are looked at. Indian cricket will never improve in overseas conditions unless we make a leadership change in Test cricket NOW ! Else be prepared to lose in England 0-5 and in Australia 0-4 AGAIN this year with Dhoni leading the team !

  • Naresh28 on February 24, 2014, 8:48 GMT

    India has a variety of coaches to choose from due to the IPL connection. I feel a WI bowling coach should be hired. Kumble could make a good head coach if he would except that role. He is thoroughly professional and has gone thru the grind.A great opportunity for him. Tendulkar should open a batting academy to train young upcoming batsman. Ganguly will become a selector in the future. Dravid should be used as a batting expert.

  • Naresh28 on February 24, 2014, 8:34 GMT

    To win test matches INDIA needs to overhaul their bowling unit. If we go in with 4 specialist bowlers instead of 5 we will CONTINUE TO LOSE. If we look at Pak we will see that their bowlers can win them matches even if the 4th innings require 250-300 runs by the opposition. India will not be comfortable with targets below 450. Dhoni's stratagies work in the shorter format but not the long format. He needs to CHANGE or be given the boot.

  • KishorKumar25 on February 24, 2014, 8:15 GMT

    Its problem with Dhoni's captaincy style. It works wonderfully in ODI but not in Tests. I think Ganguly would have won in Auckland with same bowling line-up.

  • vijayNaidu on February 24, 2014, 7:59 GMT

    Well, As per my cricket knowledge i would go for stephen fleming as a batting coach, Glenn Mcgrath is for bowling coach and finally Jontey Rhodes is for fielding coach.I would suggest drop Dhoni from test team give much more time to concentrate on limited overs format where he is best.

    Team for Test format: 1.Shikhar Dhawan 2. Rohit Sharma 3. Chateshwar Pujara 4. Virat Kohli 5.Dinesh Karthik 6. Rahane 7. Ravindra Jadeja 8. Ishwar Pandey 9. Bhuvaneshwar Kumar 10. Mohammd Shami 11.Varun Aaron 12.Ojha 13.Umesh Yadav 14.Vijay Joel 15.Ambati Rayudu VIRAT is the captain for this team.

    ODI format, let Dhoni be the captain untill WorldCup 2015 then pass over to VIRAT. Team for ODI format: 1.Shikhar Dhawan 2. Rohit Sharma 3. Chateshwar Pujara 4. Virat Kohli 5.Dhoni 6. Stuart Binny 7. Ravindra Jadeja 8. Ashwin 9. Bhuvaneshwar Kumar 10. Mohammd Shami 11.Varun Aaron 12.Umesh Yadav 13.Ambati Rayudu 14.Amit Mishra 15.Ishwar Pandey

    This team is definitely win matches all over the world.

  • Nampally on February 23, 2014, 14:09 GMT

    I would like to see Ganguly & Dravid doing something positive in making changes to the autocratic BCCI system which has not groomed alternates to Dhoni as a Captain. Strangely, a captain who blunders badly, cannot be disposed! Even if England's & Australian 4-0 white wash were due to an aging team, what about losing a series to 8th placed NZ decisively? Anyone with some understanding of Cricket can see how Dhoni blew the 2 winnable series into losses from a dominant position! There is no point in blaming the team bowling when they put the team in winning position with 26 for 5 & 94 for 5 in 2 NZ Tests. The worst feature of Dhoni's captaincy was lack of developing 5 bowlers of the Test calibre & get consistent performances from them. When a Captain believes in 3 specialist bowlers there is no chance of 5 Bowlers. Batting alone cannot win the matches. If batting fails, you lose. Dhoni's insane reliance on batting has cost India so many losses. 3 Bowlers bowled their hearts OUT for India!

  • TheUltimateTruth on February 23, 2014, 12:52 GMT

    @JustAnObservation, where have Sehwag, Gambhir, Bhajji, Yuvi, etc. proved their worth after they were dropped? They have failed continuously in almost all domestic formats and opportunities they have had after they were dropped from the national team. They were great, even awesome, for India once, but not anymore. Most unbiased observers would not want to drop Dhawan for Sehwag, Ashwin/Jadeja for Bhajji, Rahane for Yuvi -- may be Gambhir could be considered for Vijay, but even that is not obvious. Don't lash out at Dhoni just because you are disappointed India lost. Bowlers need more experience abroad and pray that fielders will hold on to more catches!

  • Johnny_129 on February 23, 2014, 0:29 GMT

    Has the BCCI just woken up?? Instead of investigating the teams performance, the BCCI should investigate its own performance! This is not a joke - I'm serious! Fans argue over team selection - mainly in the fast bowling department. Some say Yadav or Aron instead of Ishant, others suggest Zak's retirement etc. but at the end of the day, there is not even two pace bowlers India can choose from with a great deal of confidence to bowl out Test teams twice, let alone blow them away cheaply! With a nation of a billion, we should be able to develop at least 50 bowlers who can blow the opposition away, regardless of whether the best 4 are selected!!!! It took a tyre manufacturer to start a fast bowling academy of note - something the BCCI should have done many years prior. Furthermore, what did BCCI do to further aid the development - Nothing!

  • nilb on February 22, 2014, 22:59 GMT

    The only way BCCI can keep a good team, make fans happy and earn good money is by avoid touring outside IND where there's bouncy faster pitches and banning the use of bouncers which are too dangerous for batting gods.

  • Alexk400 on February 22, 2014, 19:22 GMT

    Never indian coach please. I know duncan is useless. But hiring indian coach will always end up political disaster because as indian he has to take side of the zone he came from and it will gets ugly. There is no independent people in india. So best choice is foreign coach even if he is as bad as duncan fletcher. Any foreign coach will do better than any smart indian coach. Period.

    BCCI will never dump dhoni. We can dream but never happens.

  • Nampally on February 22, 2014, 16:27 GMT

    Better late than Never! BCCI missed the scrutiny of the Indian team defeat in England & Australia, 2 years back. Finally they are realising that this situation of overseas defeats will continue if not corrected, as evidenced by defeats to SA & NZ. In every overseas defeats, there was one common factor- Captaincy of Dhoni! This is where the review needs to start- especially on 2 major factors- (a) Selection of Balanced XI (b) Non utilizing the squad by playing with the same XI despite Selectors giving the right players in the squad. Lack of Accountability is grossly missing & defeats are swept under the carpet with lame excuses & justifications by Dhoni. It is best to analyse the root causes & corrective actions rather than stating that the "Process is more important than the Result"! In the final analysis it is the Result that is the single most important factor in any sporting event. The Olympic Motto "Faster, Higher, --" needs to be aimed & winning Fair & square should be the Motto !

  • gauravm5 on February 22, 2014, 15:51 GMT

    During review, Duncan Fletcher would justify himself with this statement: "If you can give Rohit Sharma 90 ODIs to show his talent then how could you question me, I also need 50 tests & 80 ODIs to show what I am capable of"

  • Arrow011 on February 22, 2014, 15:45 GMT

    India needs Stephen Fleming as coach & Gambhir as test captain. Enough of Vijay, Rohit, Ishant & the dead wood Zaheer. It looks as if Ishant will be the least effective bowler in terms of wickets to complete 100 tests.

    Indian Test 11 + 5 reserves should be as under.

    Gambhir (C), Dhawan, Pujara, Kohli, Dhoni (WK), Rahane, Ashwin, Jadeja, Rishi Dhawan (pls check his Ranji records, he is a true allrounder, way better than irfan), Umesh, Varun Aaron. 12th Sehwag, 13- Manish Pandey, 14-Kuldeep Yadav, 15-Ishwar Pandey & 16-Ojha Coach : Stephen Fleming

  • on February 22, 2014, 15:35 GMT

    One thing is sure-the support staff needs to be compleately ooverhauled. Should pay more importance to Domestic Tournaments. The Batting seems to be Ok. We cerainly have a good players in Kohili, Pujara,Rahane, & Dawan. If Gambir strikes form it is time he is recalled back into the Team. The main area of concern is bowling. It seems to be very poor. Zaheer is nearing the end of his glorious career. Isant after all these years is still to be sure of his place. I do not understand the way umesh yadav is being used. The most important thing is we need a good bowling coach. He should certainly be an indian. the names that comes to mind is T A shekar & Venkatesh Prasad. Our Spinners should be more agresive . we do not seems to have any great talent as far as spinners are concerned. It is sad that the land of Bedi, Prassana, Chandrashekar is now struggling to find decent spinners who can perform overseas at the above named greats use to do.

  • tushar7msdian on February 22, 2014, 15:33 GMT

    @ BCCI Please give Sourav Ganguly or Rahul Dravid a chance to coach team india at least for short tearm and them we will see the result ,,,, And dhoni should leave the t20 Captain ship and give virat kohli a chance to groove under him....

    and India should give chateshwar poojara a chance to bat at no. 3 in ODIs and virat must play at no.4 because who ever will come at no. 4 either yuvraj , Raina , rehane or rayudu they all will fail , and we all know that virat can bat any no. and pujara is best player at no.3 so as per my view here is the best team for Odi in home and away both conditions

    1.Shikhar Dhawan 2. Rohit Sharma 3. Chateshwar Pujara 4. Virat Kohli 5.MS Dhoni 6. Ambati Rayudu 7. Ravindra Jadeja 8. Ravichandran Ashwin 9. Bhuvaneshwar Kumar 10. Mohammd Shami 11.Varun Aaron

  • chaskamaska on February 22, 2014, 14:25 GMT

    Bcci must take responsibility and make some serious and tough decisions. Firstly they must give importance to test cricket . They should think why india losed the test series in south africa and newzealand. 1. No Practice matches for India on away conditions both tours.Instead of two away tours india might played only one tour. 2. Two test matches for series is useless instead they must play atleast three test matches to get results if u lose first test you cant win the series that will play in the minds of the players.e 3. Dhoni factor in selecting a team he must be dropped as a captain and a player he struggles to play a second new ball how he can select a playing X1 ravindra jadeja is a bowler who contains the batsmen he is a no.6 bowler batsma who can bowl in slow and dusty wickets dhoni picked him a lone spinner in a test match. 4. India needed a attacking captain who goes with five bowlers and takes 20 wickets rather dhoni goes with 3 bowlers and losses the match

  • krvijesh on February 22, 2014, 13:56 GMT

    Nothing will happen, there wont be any changes and the same trend will continue. Cant blame Dhoni for everything, our record away from home has been terrible. Even those who criticize Dhoni don't seem to have a great record. Even Ganguly, throughout his career as captain has won only one test in Australia and one in England and has never won a test match in South Africa or New Zealand. Dravid as captain has won one test each in SA & Eng in a short stint, so that's great. Some interesting stats: 1. Since 1981 India only has 2 test victories in Aus (One under Ganguly in Dec 03 & other under Anil Kumble in Jan 08); 2. India has so far won only 2 test matches in South Africa (incl. one under Dhoni); 3. Since 1976 India has won just one test match in New Zealand (that was under Dhoni in Dec 2009); 4. Since 1986 India has only 2 test victories in England (1 under Ganguly in 2002 & the other under Dravid in 2007)!!!!

  • on February 22, 2014, 13:53 GMT

    Fletcher and Dhoni have FAILED AS A PAIR as far as overseas is concerned. I would like to take it on two fronts. Fletcher is a very experienced coach and that makes it even more difficult to understand. He has not been able to solve the problems with the bowling attack making wrong choices and sticking with them for too long. He has also failed on the strategy front losing matches from winning positions. As far as Dhoni is concerned he doesn't seem to have the same insight into Test Cricket as he has in the shrter format. He wants to show that he is unconventional but these strategies go against the team more often than going in favour. India should have won both matches in NZ and won a Test in SA. However, on both occasions winning positions were squandered away. To conclude, both Fletcher and Dhoni had their Innings and now it is TIME FOR NEW THINKING IN INDIAN CRICKET.

  • i_amVIVA on February 22, 2014, 13:49 GMT

    and now - bcci to review u-19 failure :) so much for high hoopla with u-19 team

  • on February 22, 2014, 13:33 GMT

    India must change the current manager, Duncan Fletcher. He hasn't displayed any Leadership qualities in any Overseas Tests since before 2011, and this has led to a huge drop in performance. Dhoni needs to be focused solely on his Wicket-keeping & Batting ..... and also passing on the mantle of Captain to someone else. Finally, 'The Dhoni Clique' needs to be broken and underperforming players must be replaced with more deserving Youngsters and Squad players.

  • on February 22, 2014, 13:28 GMT

    Yuvraj should come back in the team we need some experience in middle order in odi........ We need to get irfan back in the team he's a good enough player that would give us an option of an all rounder......zaheer needs to call it a day.........ishant needs to be dropped......shami bhuvi Aaron and yadav should be persisted with...... bring back gambhir instead of vijay in tests.......this would solve half of the problems of the team!

  • on February 22, 2014, 13:24 GMT

    I agree that Ganguly and Dravid should be used as valuable resources. The loss in S Africa and NZ show inexperience but also showed that there is talent. Give more youngsters a chance and I think the BCCI is on the right track there. More mental and physical training is though required. This should be taken more serioisly.

  • on February 22, 2014, 12:42 GMT

    Ganguly as the indian coach and Dravid as the selector!!!!i m pretty sure that india wont lose a match after this!!!

  • on February 22, 2014, 12:37 GMT

    Dhoni also needs to understand during selection that its the team of india and not of chennai super kings....ganguly was better captain than dhoni even though he brought world cup for india

  • on February 22, 2014, 12:31 GMT

    Vekay india i truly agree with u!!!.....one can see that dhoni has removed all his senior players from the team e.g.bhajji,irfan pathan,sehwag,gambhir,etc......recently dhoni gave chance to zaheer bt ye exluded yuvi and raina from the squad of new zealand now he is giving them chance in asia cup and thats good....dhoni is xcluding yuvi who brought the 2011 wc for india...now india needs to remove fletcher as the coach and its the time that india needs an indian coach....there had already been so many good players for india!!!gavaskar,ganguly,dravid,shastri r my opinions...and i still dont understand that why does bcci goes for the foreign coach when there had already been great players from india!!!!

    we indians r hoping for the best results!!!!@BCCI

  • JustAnObservation on February 22, 2014, 12:04 GMT

    This is nothing but an eyewash. After back to back losses against Australia and England too, there was widespread criticism. However, not only Dhoni remained skipper, the contract of Fletcher was also renewed. Any other country would have dismissed the coach. As long as Srini remains the BCCI boss, Dhoni remains the skipper and as long as Dhoni remains the skipper, Flether - his Yes Man - remains the coach. And as long as Dhoni remains, 90 % of the Team for each series is selected will be selected by him. Even if Raina, Ashwin, Rohit, Ishant, Jadeja are dropped for a match or two, they will be back in the team without having to prove it. On the other hand, the other dropped ones like Sehwag, Gambhir, Bhajji, Yuvi, etc have to keep on proving their worth for a long time before they are taken back. Also, a few fringe players will get a chance or two to play like Aaron, Binny, Rayudu just to pacify the cricket loving Indians, before these poor fellows fade into oblivion.

  • on February 22, 2014, 12:02 GMT

    Ashwin Jadeja or rasool

  • on February 22, 2014, 11:15 GMT

    Nothing will come out from this reviews. Same MSD as captain with his chamchas viz vijay,, Jadeja,Rohit, Aswin, etc. with same output

  • on February 22, 2014, 11:06 GMT

    My Test Squad to England 2014 Vijay Dhawan pujara Kohli Rohit Rahane Dhoni Jadeja Zaheer Ishant Ishwar Ashwin Saha DK Dhawan and rohit have improved. but vijay should be tried and then be exposed

  • batman_gothamcity on February 22, 2014, 10:32 GMT

    England tour will start on June 26 with a tour game of 2 days .Immediately after the IPL a conditioning camp should be held at Dharmshala which has England like conditions and probable 25 should be tested for 15 days and then 15 or 16 should be selected .This is the best way to prepare . 5 seamers and 2 spinners are a must so that we can always rotate and have bowlers fit for 5 test .BCCI has to seriously plan the Eng tour from now !!!!!

  • Khann6 on February 22, 2014, 10:11 GMT

    @RajCl and @Chapathishot, Loosing record are as follows, Australia 26.37%, Pakistan 28.15% , England 28.88% and India 31.58% which placing India at number 4th in the world test history. But bear in mind here we talking about overall performance. I am not going into Big Three with these figures. All cricket fans should know about it. Thanks to all. Your Comments Please................

  • rajcl on February 22, 2014, 8:29 GMT

    @ Khann6, what about loosing %

  • on February 22, 2014, 8:28 GMT

    Thanks Every one for making comments. Please find my notes below; Ganguly had Dravid, Lakshman, Sachin, Kumble and Sehwag. However he also had Ishant, Irfan, Bhajji for overseas. Only difference is Zaheer, when Ishant started his career under Ganguly he developed into a good bowler and what happened later complacency got better off him.

    In the current Indian team permanent members will be Rahane, Kohli, Pujara are the only players who deserve to be there. Rest of them needs to be rotated, bring in players such are KL Rahul, Karun Nair, Manish Pandey and many others. Let's understand that if a player is in team for bowling his batting is a bonus and primary task is to be a bowler.Look at Ashwin who creates havoc when on the sub-continent pitches & really good with the batting also and not good at all on the away surfaces, meaning he is not groomed well, needs to learn to bowl on all whether condition. Jadeja a poor man's alrounder bowls some times and bats sometimes & Dhoni's backing

  • chapathishot on February 22, 2014, 8:25 GMT

    Khann6: Nice analysis.Can you do an analysis of the LOSS RATIOS and give your analysis ,I think that itself will answer your question.Please remove win against Bangladesh also .

  • Khann6 on February 22, 2014, 7:05 GMT

    I would like you all consider overall performance for everyone. So you can see the difference. I am taking this data from the cricinfo website. Australia played 766 test matches so far and won 359 winning ratio 46.86%, South Africa played 383, Won 139, winning ratio 36.29%, England played 945 tests, won 336 and winning ration 35.5%, West Indies played 495 test, won 160 and winning ratio is 32.32%, Pakistan played 380, won 118 and winning ratio 31.05%.Sri Lanka played 227 and won 68, Winning ration is 29.9%, India played 478 test matches so far, Won 121 and winning ratio is 25.31% which is the 6th lowest winning ration in the world. They not only losing away game but overall India performance is on rank 6th in the whole world test cricket history so far. Your comments pls...........

  • on February 22, 2014, 6:27 GMT

    My o my. Here we go again. Finger pointing is something that we Indians know the best to do. I see all of your comments and it just makes me laugh. We have been performing like this for the last 3 years and now we want the coach to be changed. No one complained when we were playing Srilanka again and again and again. Scoring 300's against weak bowling attacks. Now when we are playing against quality oppositions we are found wanting. Its the Indian cricket watching public that needs to change. Till we pay our hard earned money on worthless IPL matches BCCI will function like this. I foresee Indian cricket along with Bangladesh Sri Lanka and West Indies by 2020 ( The year) even if we appoint a new coach or captain.This mickey mouse business of IPL has to stop. Only then we will have world class bowlers.

  • on February 22, 2014, 6:25 GMT

    i wouldn't agree with parth choksi.. U cannot say zaheer as worst and ishant too. but i would question msd performance in test matches. if you compare dhoni batting average and ishant bowling average. i bet ishant is ahead. Dhoni should be sacked from captaincy in tests losing 11 away matches and winning with ease on pitches made to his wish are not that fitting. I seriously thought why fletcher was chosen initially and could have instead brought in Moody as coach or an Indian coach.

  • on February 22, 2014, 6:02 GMT

    I made the following comment*, just after SA tour.

    Has anything changed? YES, for worse, with more suspects.

    * quote:

    "There are gains from SA Tour. Vijay, Pujara, Kohli, & Rahane have passed the SA test. We need to persist with them, give them more confidence & develop them into the future "Fab Four" batsmen for India. NZ tour is the toughest exam for them to pass. NZ, with the greener pitches and wind, is the toughest place for Indian batsmen. Remember 2008, when Bond bamboozled our best.

    Rohit? Let's wait & see! He has one more series (NZ) to prove good, for tests? He 'gets' maximum time to play his shots. Yet, he loses his wicket in tests (where superfast bowlers have unlimited overs).

    Jadeja has proved his worth, and should be a sure bet in the XI. When Ashwin is helpless as a bowler, Jadeja helps with his accuracy and surprise darts.

    All others are suspects, in one way or the other. That includes Dhoni & his batting & captaincy in tests."

    Any CHANGE? Yes, southwards!

  • on February 22, 2014, 5:17 GMT

    Duncan Fletcher and his two sidekicks Dawes & Penny would ensure that India's failures would continue. As they have shown, they can coach the Indian team to lose even in India.

    I had been minimizing the importance of coaches to a national team, till I saw OZ team suffering from the Mickey Mouse disaster. And, its subsequent resurrection under Lehman

    Greg Chapell was given special privileges like a cute little Bungalow for him & his family to stay, in Bangalore. Why can't we offer those kind of facilities to Gary Kirsten? He may, or may not agree. But have we tried, after seeing the impact of Fletcher, who will help us to put Indian cricket on a stretcher, with the assistance from the two helpers!

    Since Gary responded to Delhi Daredevils' request, there is a slimmer of hope, that he may re-consider, if the offer is acceptable to him AND his family.

    It is obvious that Ganguly has his biases; Dravid also has his. Otherwise, either of them could have made a good coach for India.

  • DIEHARDCRICMAD on February 22, 2014, 4:11 GMT

    prepare three type of team for different formats. and rotate the players with the formats that suits them. time to give the t2o captainship to kohli.

  • on February 22, 2014, 3:23 GMT

    I have one question to every one. India losing their all overseas matches. that is true and they are winning almost every matches in sub continent. why dont you guys are not checking the other teams records also? for example, australia or south africam if they are touring to sub continent, they will struggle for sure. so are they a bad unit? is their coach not doing well? every team are TIGERS in their own pitches. it is only pace bowling is a concern? like the sub continetal teams why other teams dont have match winning spinners? then what is the use (art) of spin bowling if you want green pitches in india? nothing going wrong with india. they are learning with the new youg guys and they are doing well. dhoni shoud be aggressive, that is fine. but dont throw him into the dust bin.

  • on February 22, 2014, 3:10 GMT

    Ganguly had the luxury of Sachin tendulkar, Rahul dravid, Vvs laxman and sehwag who were the back bones of his team that brought him succes. Even zaheer khan and an in-form harbhajan singh played under ganguly who had the capabilities to take wickets overseas. Look at dhoni, who does he have? an aging zaheer khan? ishant sharma? I have never a worst bowler than him ever before. If you were to hand these bowlers to Ganguly. He wouldn't have the amount of hairs he had today. Dhoni has the ability to soak in all the pressure that the media creates. Ganguly did not. Dravid was a failure as a captain. A fantastic player though. Dravid needs to learn captaincy from dhoni. Dhoni is the best captaon India has ever produced. I don't think Virat won't even be half as good as MSD as a captain, no doubt about his batting though.

  • Ms.Cricket on February 22, 2014, 2:00 GMT

    Yes Duncan Fletcher should go, he was coach of England when England were whitwashed 0-5 to Australia in 2009, however if Andy Flower is being considered that is ironic as he was coach of England when England were whitewashed 0-5 by Aystralia a few months ago!!

  • on February 22, 2014, 0:32 GMT

    what's the use for reviewing from BCCI. They are not going to change either captain or coach. I still remember Dhoni saying it won't help if we are going to worldcup with an inexperienced captain.... probably Dhoni has forgot 2007 T20 victory when he was newbie to the team.... Indian won 2007 T20Wc or 2011 LOI only because of Yuvi in the team........... Its time to inject new captain to Indian team who brings in freshness to the team and strives for winning every match rather than MSD who looks always for safe side and end up in losing away....

  • David_Boon on February 21, 2014, 22:56 GMT

    Perhaps the simple fact is that this Indian side just aren't very good? One world class player in Kohli, a top 6 full of rookies, the worst bowling attack of any side bar West Indies, and a captain with who rivals Alistair Cook for the title of Worst Test Captain. By preparing dodgy tracks at home so they can score 400 in an ODI (or R Ashwin averaging 45 from No. 8 at home in Tests), or selectively watering the middle part of their pitches to force opposition teams to bowl spin (opening the innings with spin and never looking back) has only served to mask the state of Indian cricket. Preparing shocking pitches is their right as the home side, but it doesn't help Indian cricket. They win at home in an unfair contest, then get absolutely destroyed away when conditions aren't specifically tailored. They should have conducted a review after being pathetically uncompetitive in Australia 3 years ago, where their performance was so abject it bordered on insulting to the paying customer

  • lokesh.agarwal on February 21, 2014, 21:11 GMT

    Before Ganguly, India was a one man team. If Sachin is out, then thats it. Only under Ganguly's captaincy, India became a powerhouse. He identified stuck with Bhajji, Laxman, Zaheer, Yuvraj. We no longer just depended on Sachin for our victories. His own record is very very good. He had to contend with not having a regulation wicket keeper. He took over the captaincy in times of turmoil. Sure, we didnt win the world cup, but remember... .that world cup was not in India... it was on bouncy tracks in South Africa. Indian fielding improved and India grew some metal. If there is one person justified in criticizing Dhoni, it is him.

    But Dhoni has a young lot. I wouldnt think too much about England and Australia series. The best Indian middle order retired after that, so Dhoni was playing with an ageing team. It was commendable that on their first overseas tour with the new crop of players, they were not rolled over in tests. These players need more outings. Rome was not build in a day.. !

  • Rahulbose on February 21, 2014, 20:34 GMT

    BCCI should adopt a rule that all test series will be maximum 2 test matches. they should organize more T20 matches and announce a winter season IPL tournament. All this will surely solve the problem of performance in Test matches. Or maybe instead of talking to Dhoni and Fletcher they should talk to the mirror about why Indian team is unable to compete in test matches.

  • on February 21, 2014, 20:31 GMT

    Fletcher Should be throw out. Bring back Gary Kirsten as coach.. Dada as Assistant Coach, Rahul dravid to be appointed as batting coach. Anil for Spin bowler coach. Mcgrath as Pacer coach.

    Then we win anywhere in the world.

  • reddyrad on February 21, 2014, 19:54 GMT

    Its true but very sad to say being an Indian cricket fan i had to pray god India to lose coming test matches so that few players and one stubborn fellow is kicked out of team permanently.

  • basusri133b on February 21, 2014, 19:07 GMT

    It is amazing that this artice is in the future tense ! Why have they not already met and looked at the causes of our debacle in New Zealand ? Herein lies the problem with Indian Cricket. There is no Management of the game. And to top it India hiold the top position in the ICC. We can rest assured that there will be another debacle in England followed by one in the World Cup.

  • bored_iam on February 21, 2014, 18:59 GMT

    @gauravm5: atleast we were competitive under Ganguly! in test matches under dhoni, our record is pathetic (abroad). also compare their win-loss ratios if you want to make a fair comparison. Matches today produce more results in general compared to when Ganguly was captain. His win-loss ratio abroad is something to appreciate, at least in comparison to Dhoni. Not to take anything against Dhoni as ODI captain. But he has started showing signs of fatigue. In England, SA and NZ: we came back without winning any test or ODI! We definitely need a review.

  • glen1 on February 21, 2014, 18:43 GMT

    Time to give marching orders to Dhoni and Fletcher and bring in some aggression. BCCI is a private money making entity that has to cater to the market demands. Currently, the overseas activities under Dhoni and Fletcher lack aggression and spine. Losing is ok, but converting wins to losses is terrible. Make Kohli captain and throw out all non performers. Also, don't run medium pacers to extinction through overwork; Shami is heading to the dumps.

  • InsideHedge on February 21, 2014, 18:41 GMT

    The irony with MSD's captaincy is that he's so fearful of defeat he resorts to defensive play which inevitably results in? DEFEAT. It would be far better for him to take risks and lose thereby having some data/ideas on when to attack and when to defend.

    The new ODI rules also mean that an attacking captain is rewarded. I'm fairly convinced that we wouldn't have won the 2011 World Cup with the current fielding rules.

    We saw with McCullum in the ODIs that he was prepared to exhaust his main bowlers' 10 overs quota before 40 overs were completed in order to take wickets. He would inevitably go for the kill; Dhoni in an identical situation would save his main bowlers for the last 10 overs by which time the game was already gone.

  • stormy16 on February 21, 2014, 18:25 GMT

    I am not sure what this is about, after all its not like India have ever had a great away record. I could be wrong but I cant really recall India winning away other than the odd series over the last 20 years so what is new? Yes the 4-0 loses were embarassing but they were still loses which was the same in the past - loses. I actually think this current generation of Indian will outperform all before them, yes even the Sachin, Dravid, Gangluy combo. I think they were (Sachin and co) were the pioneers and this generation will be better. No I am not suggesting that any of the current crop will be better than Sachin but they will handle the pace conditions better. We have already seen that in the last two tours to SA and NZ. Also the Indian fast bowling stocks are improving and yes no one is good as Kapil Dev but there are guys who are swinging the ball at pace and that will be handy overseas. And any sign of a dry pith and Ashwin and Jadeja. Its a pretty good scenerio.

  • kahvas on February 21, 2014, 18:23 GMT

    When Ganguly was the captain, just like Dhoni he knew Batting was India's strenght and not bowling. So Ganguly selected 7 proper batsman and 4 bowlers, some of who could bat very well. Dhoni's approach is self contradictory, since he has no confidence in his bowlers, still wants 5 bowlers in the ODI side. It was Ganguly's winning formula, Yuvi and Kaif at 6 and 7 that changed India's approach especially while chasing. Dhoni is taking the team back to the mid 90's, only difference we have Virat in place of Sachin. Dhoni is a match winner with the bat, but for India's good he should be removed as the captain, please bring Gauti in as captain, he hasnt done worse than anyone else. India need him especially in ODI's.

  • Arvind_504 on February 21, 2014, 18:16 GMT

    To all those comparing ganguly's captancy with those..of Dhoni's...do you really think the present teams match the combinations and talent the earlier team had? I don't think so,..as if now...I don't think any team matches the combination earlier team's had...particularly bowling line up...except Australia...little bit..and Dale Styn..in SA..the level of cricket has gone down...Dhoni doesn't have the mentality of picking up the right combination on overseas tours...he's going there with the same mentality as of in sub-continent...why didn't he gave chance to Umesh yadav who was pretty good in Australia...why didn't he chose...Ishwar Pandey....why is constantly...choosing Ishant...who is nothing but a failure...and doesn't deserve a chance...Rohit Sharmea's talent seems to be just the case of exaggaration...and there are many talented individuals on bench waiting for their opportunity...to be honest...with the current combination...i don't think we can win any series...outside...India.

  • on February 21, 2014, 17:46 GMT

    The simple solution is to drop Rohit Sharma. You can make both Ashwin and Jadeja play, plus 3 fast bowlers. Anyhow Ashwin and Jadeja put together are not going to do more badly than Rohit ( in fact Ashwin alone is better than Rohit ). This way we can always play 2 spinners and a total of 5 bowlers. The fast bowlers will also get more rest and come back fresh for spells.

  • on February 21, 2014, 17:35 GMT

    Many peoples are saying Ganguly had very good players who were at their peak. I would say that it was Ganguly's choice and Identifying good players and backing them is what he did well. If Ganguly wasn't there I am 100% sure that Laxman will not retired now as on end Great Player for IND. It was Gangluly masterstroke to send Laxman at No3 turned his career. It was the trust he kept with laxman and it was the same which Laxman gave. So it was not about good players it was Ganguly's choice and confidence in his players whch made him success in overseas.

  • Baratheonking on February 21, 2014, 17:33 GMT

    There is a very simple solution to this madness of Indian overseas record. Its not players' fault really and why no one worth their salt has ever suggested or discussed this on tv All the BCCI have to do is change all the domestic match pitches to bouncing pitches the so called "green tops" and watch the record change to at least equal if not on the positive side.

  • Giant-Guru on February 21, 2014, 17:18 GMT

    The coach and the captain has a great role to play, and they have to be unbiased in their approach, but unfortunately they seems to be flavoring players even when they are not performing. Ashwin for example and even Jadeja, the later at-least performs once in every 10-15 matches that he plays a shade better than our great long haired so called fast bowler who is again an example of favoritism in the Indian team.

    A non-performing player should be shown the doors, the philosophy is simple you either perform or you are out....and this should apply to captain and the coach as well. When players and officials have immunity, provided by the board, the result will always be what you seen, public anger and media shouting, and then the great drama starts and everyone forgets everything after all we believe in "Forget and Forgive". If team India wants to rule the cricket world it should have a team of intimidating bowlers like M. Johnson and batsmen who will have aggression of Tendulkar/Sehwag

  • gauravm5 on February 21, 2014, 17:15 GMT

    @diptanshu: Yes, India won 11 overseas tests under Ganguly but 6 out of those 11 came against Bangladesh & Zimbabwe. Under Ganguly, India won only 3 tests outside subcontinent. With Dhoni as captain, India also won 3 tests outside subcontinent. Under Ganguly in ODIs, India won only 4 ODIs series outside India (1 in Zimbabwe, 1 in Bangladesh, 1 tri-nation in Eng and one more) and under Dhoni, India won 11 ODIs series outside India (1 tri-series in Aus, 1 bilateral in NZ, 4 bi-lateral in SL, 1 Asia Cup in SL, 1 tri-nation in SL, 2 bi-lateral in WI and Champions Trophy in England) and one T20 world cup.

  • Cobra0077 on February 21, 2014, 17:13 GMT

    @LeftBrain you are right & we have already seen that in the SA series where the pitches were close to what Indian pitches are, but, yet we failed.

  • Cobra0077 on February 21, 2014, 17:08 GMT

    I have been saying one thing for a long time on various sites, although a captain or coach can help fine tune their players, but, in the very first place we need the players. A very old saying in horse racing is "You need the horse" in other words you cannot win the Ky Derby with a cheap claimer if he was not good enough. India does not have "The Horse" (bowler's) and besides fitness & diet, the main reason we do not have the bowlers is "the pitches in India". If I were a youngster who had the ability to both bowl & bat, I would concentrate more on batting, because I do not get any help from the dead/flat pitches where the best of best bowlers are trashed at will. This trashing of bowlers is one of the reason that Indian batsmen have become better cause they gain more confidence, but, after a period of time that also goes away.

  • CodandChips on February 21, 2014, 17:01 GMT

    @Cpt.Meanster you criticise Duncan Fletcher for being foreign then praise Kirsten?

    Personally I think India must stick with Fletcher. He inherited a wilting team, and transformed it into a team full of talented youngsters. It will take time for them to be world beaters. They showed promise, won a champions trophy, and unlike their predecessors of 2011, did not lose every away match, and put up a good fight. Also he turned England from 8 to 2 in the test rankings.

  • imransaheb on February 21, 2014, 17:00 GMT

    Nothing is going wrong.Now with india as the big three confirmed the away series performances will start changing as also the FTP is probably getting changed/over or something.Srinivasan as head should be removed if BCCI want better performances.

  • Collegefastbowler on February 21, 2014, 16:58 GMT

    The reasons are mainly:

    1. Wrong selection for overseas tours. 2. Persisting with players who have outlived their shelf life and who are not delivering. 3. Not giving a chance to talented players and keeping them on the bench. 4. Overly defensive tactics from a fear of losing due to lack of confidence in the ability of the bowlers which is directly related to points 2 and 3 above.

    It is a catch 22 type of situation like a dog chasing its own tail. The dog will never be able to reach its own tail as it keeps moving its tail while trying to catch it.

  • vj3478 on February 21, 2014, 16:57 GMT

    Vijay, Dhawan, Rohit, Rahane, Zaheer, Ishant - They all have 1 or 2 good innings out of 10. Shami is developing, Dhoni/Jaddu is not a test batsman/captain material. To bet on Ishant is like a mega million lottery. Wow that leaves only Pujara/Kohli who have been performing consistently in tests. a player or two can win an ODI or t20 but not tests. So is the reason Ind coming close to win but unable to cross the line - too many inconsistent performances and team selection is wrong! It should be Ojha/Mishra for spin option. Other batting options should also be tried (Karthik, rayudu, tiwary or some new faces).

  • Vitruvius on February 21, 2014, 16:40 GMT

    Drop Ishant Sharma! Everything will be alright thereafter.

  • USIndianFan on February 21, 2014, 16:38 GMT

    Improve Yadav. Get Lillee in as bowling coach (see the difference he has made in Australia). I think the impact of Lillee on Ishant and Yadav can make a world of difference. Get rid of Fletcher. Is Kirsten available? Get a better fielding coach. Try out new spinners. Don't know about Vijay, try out Samson or move up someone worthwhile into the opening position (maybe another stint to Sehwag/ Gambhir?).

  • Venkat_Gowrishankar on February 21, 2014, 16:31 GMT

    Actually Greg Chappell would have been the right candidate, if it had not been captain Ganguly's huge Ego. If it were not for chappell, we would not have unearthed a Dhoni for sure.

  • Cpt.Meanster on February 21, 2014, 16:26 GMT

    It is very simple; throw Duncan Fletcher OUT ! We don't need a foreigner to coach our team. We need an Indian coach who can speak the language and share emotions around because we are a sentimental nation. A Zimbabwean cannot understand our feelings. Secondly, our team needs a more relaxed environment to perform. We saw that during Gary Kirsten's reign, where everyone knew their roles within the team and were allowed to express themselves. India played some of their BEST cricket during Kirsten's tenure as coach. Duncan Fletcher is nothing but another Andy Flower; too many strict rules and robotic instructions. It's very evident the way our players are visibly under pressure in every game. So show Fletcher the way out, hire an INDIAN coach OR we don't need any coaches at all. Lastly, improve our pitches at home to aid pace and bounce as much as possible with grass covering in every match. Also, arrange 'A' tours to SA, ENG, AUS and NZ frequently. Then you will see improvements.

  • Rajesh.Kumar on February 21, 2014, 16:20 GMT

    Although test matches are the ultimate test of skills and all that, but these days no one in India has time for test matches. Stadia where test matches are played are virtually empty. So how about India withdrawing from the test cricket completely? Instead of that India should concentrate only on ODIs, international T20s, and, of course, IPL. Rest of the nine members of ICC can play as much test cricket as they want with each other, but India should simply stop playing it. In any case, ODIs , T20s, and IPL will generate so much revenue for ICC, that it can easily subsidize test cricket among rest of the nine nations. No one in India these days has the concentration of mind to follow test cricket. So let us say Namaste to test cricket and move on.....

  • on February 21, 2014, 16:10 GMT

    Let Dhoni continue but change the coach. But Dhoni should be ready to let go of guys like Aswin, Jadeja, Raina, Saha, etc and be open to brining back the likes of Pathan, Shewag, etc. fielding alone doesn't win matches. If Kohli had taken mc Cullum. Also India should go for DRS. Dhoni must realize that we the fans want him to be a billionaire but India must win and be the best team forever. In cricket at least :)

  • on February 21, 2014, 16:09 GMT

    First selectors need to select proper team; then Dhoni and coach can do something. If good coach enough to win matches, Zimbabwe can win ICC Worldcup, only they need good coach. Without proper team, what coach can do? Vijay, Rohit Sharma, what they are doing in team and in England Amit Mishra performance we saw already. Why they are keeping him in team (Why they cannot think abt Parvez Razool, Jalaj Saxena, Baba Aparajith). Umesh Yadav, maybe he can bowl 155km, but not accurate, no line and length. In place of him if they consider Rishi Dhawan he can bowl same way, at least he can bowl 140km and also he is good batsman too. Recently Rest of India played against Karnataka, but Parvez did not get chance to play, why? Whatever may be one thing sure, Rohit Sharma will decide Dhoni's future. Because of Rohit, we lose so many matches, if one all rounder even spinner or fast bowler, in that matches in his place; the result was not same. The lose margin only 30 or 20 runs or some cruc

  • on February 21, 2014, 16:06 GMT

    Dont think Dhoni should be changed. But I agree we need a fast bowling all rounder badly to win away. And may be Andy Flower as a coach :)

  • diptanshu on February 21, 2014, 16:00 GMT

    Overseas captaincy record in test Dhoni 5 wins, 11 losses in 23 matches. Ganguly 11 wins, 10 losses in 28 matches.

    Dhoni is a great ODI batsman, very good ODI captain, decent Test batsman. But he is not a good Test captain.

  • on February 21, 2014, 15:48 GMT

    Dhoni's problem has been persisting with the wrong players for whatever reasons. Look at Lyon in the second test in SA. He has taken a five for. Can Ashwin or Jadeja ever hope to do that? They should back the right players. Or else no captain in the world will make a difference.

  • on February 21, 2014, 15:14 GMT

    A captain is as good as team & as bad as team so why to blame dhoni alone when team is not winning. This is an inexperience team, give some time to team, it will start winning. Yes, I do agree we were in winning position in 2 test matches, few drop catches, few loose deliveries, few bad shots & few poor bowling rotations & field placements, but these are all part & parcel of games. England tour will be a tougher one & we need to be realistic, its the bowlers who have to take 20 wickets to win a test match which unfortunately we dont have. Time for India to play with proper 4&1/2 bowlers instead of 3 bowlers.

  • on February 21, 2014, 15:09 GMT

    Tom Moody is an amazing coach. He had transformed Sri Lanka big time during his World Cup stint in 2007 !

  • sams235 on February 21, 2014, 14:58 GMT

    I would suggest BCCI to get some really good bowling machines and have the batsmen practice against it to get comfortable with short-pitched balls.

    Oh yeah, and provide incentives to encourage becoming good fast bowlers.

    Get rid of Rohit from test. Get in Ghambir and Yuvjraj in ODI. Without someone like Yuvraj its difficult to chase when openers dont click.

  • on February 21, 2014, 14:54 GMT

    I agree with dravid irt dhoni's defensive approach, especially in test abroad. u cant expect a WK bowl in a test match. that show's how serious he is about winning a test match. agreed v don't have best of bowlers but v never did. Adding to that, he's penchant to bowl first everytime he wins toss, across all formats. that's very rigid approach irrespective of conditions. he needs to trust his bowlers & risk his batsman to battle it out under tough conditions.

  • Oracle_Magus on February 21, 2014, 14:45 GMT

    Please get the facts right before condemning MSD.

    1) Our team's away records has been bad since time immemorial.

    2) Among the Indian Captain's who has Captained over 25 matches MSD has the best WIN% in both Test & One Dayer's.

    It's easy for the Ex-Players, Media & the viewers to trash anyone.

    We always expect more than what we are capable of achieving & hence there is nothing wrong in expecting our team to out perform every other team in the world.

    But One must at least try to analyze the stats before making comments and allegations.

    MSD will always remain the best Indian Captain & his exclusion will only do more harm to our team.

  • LeftBrain on February 21, 2014, 14:45 GMT

    I think BCCI should start using its muscles and ask every board that the only way Indian team can visit overseas to play test is, if they have absolute control over preparations of pitches. I am sure there power and money can make it happen. Afterall, Indian visit guarantee so much money to the host board, how can they say no to such an innocent request/order. I dont see any other way India can win a single match against any decent team.

  • ProdigyA on February 21, 2014, 14:44 GMT

    Just saw the video and not sure what the interviewer's question was but what I don't understand is what has 2015 world cup got to do with test captaincy. Dhoni is automatic choice in ODI, that's a no brainer. But in Tests he does not deserve a place in the team. Invest in the future, at worst he will fail which is anyway happeni rite noe but at least he will gain some experience.

  • on February 21, 2014, 14:42 GMT

    Its change of approach from Captain and BCCI which is needed . BCCI needs to give time to team to practice and acclimatise on foreign tours. Besides 2 test series is of no use at least 3 to 4 tests should be there. We need a coach who can address technical issues like Gary Kirsten and nurture the young talent, prepare them well to help batsmen make adjustments according to conditions and cope up with bounce and short pitch stuff. We badly need a bowling coach like Mcdermot, Lillie, Walsh,Akram , Donald . To win test matches India needs to develop slip cordon and focus on catching . Slips stand too deep as MS stands deep on responsive wickets.Every match there 4-5 catches which fall short. Need bowlers to take caught and bowled chances (Indian quicks miss far too many chances like this) Dhoni needs to talk to his bowlers set aggressive fields like Clarke does and needs to select 11 which will give him a better chance of winning . Back guys like umesh,Aaron,Pandey,Mishra.

  • Thomas_Ratnam on February 21, 2014, 14:30 GMT

    Who is the designated person within BCCI to review the team's performance? Past captains? As far as I can see there is no issue with the team's performance. They were never very strong or consistently unbeatable overseas. This is the strength of this team and changing personnel will have little or no effect. Dhoni leads and strategizes through his own intuition. You cannot change that or teach him something else. The era gone by had some all time greats. The slightly better results were as a result of these giants' contributions. Why can't we take a more pragmatic view instead of getting all emotional?

  • naren1983 on February 21, 2014, 14:19 GMT

    Duncan is experienced, but result is very poor. We need to find a coach like Kristen who can interact with every player and make new tactics. I have always all Indian captains play test matches very defensively, this shows that they don't have confidence on our bowlers in Overseas. They need to look up Michael Clarke's captaincy, tactics etc, he is the best example for younger generation on how to lead the team. You could have seen in last Ashes happened in England, even though Aus lost the series, he took many tactics to find a win, but could not find the immediate result. But look at now, this Ashes in Aus, full thrash. Already Aus back to No.1 in ODI, will come 2nd after SA series. Bailey captaincy in T20 is awesome, who knows, after T20 WC, Aus can become No. 1 in T20 after winning this WC.

  • ProdigyA on February 21, 2014, 14:17 GMT

    I don't know what Dada sees in Dhoni and says that he should continue. In Tests particularly, Dhoni is an absolute NO. He does even fit just as a player and is doingmore harm than good as a ccaptain with his horrible selections.

    It's sad that selectors and others think that there is no better guy than Dhoni. If Dhoni was sacked immediately after 8-0, a new guy would have much needed experience as captain and I'm sure the results too would have been different.

    Selectors are making the same mistake as Dhoni, keep banking on the wrong guy.

  • IndTheBest on February 21, 2014, 14:03 GMT

    I don't agree with the statement that captain is as good as the team. Good leaders posses quality to turn their team look better. Dhoni had that in shorter formats of the game but not in TEST matches, specifically outside the subcontinent. It's time to do checks and balances, and separation of power to move forward. We need better coaching staff than the current ones. I see potential in Andy Flower being the good batting coach and someone like Fleming or H Streak as bowling coach. Team management and even fans must understand that 1-2 of Jadeja/Irfan Patha/Binny or R Dhawan are very useful for the team if utilized properly. Jadeja will give an edge if utilized as batsman at #6 instead of #8. I am not an expert but I believe that TEST matches are won by bowlers. Shorter formats are different. You can't get into a match with four bowlers then blame the team and say that captain is as good as the team. Sorry, with this strategy neither Zaheer nor the Tendulkar win you the matches.

  • on February 21, 2014, 14:00 GMT

    We need an Indian coach to be coaching our team. We have always had a foreign coach and apart from gary kirsten not many have been succesfull. Giry kirsten has taken a break from the cricketing world. Any former Indian captain or player needs to be brought in to coach India. Not that we don't have players that are capable of coaching India.

  • Diaz54 on February 21, 2014, 13:35 GMT

    I would simply say have a say in appointing groundsmen in away venues. Money can talk. Can easily persuade local boards like ECB to agree. I am sure they will oblige. I am or joking it is plausible.

  • on February 21, 2014, 13:31 GMT

    they should think on including harbhajan and mishra ohja to strengthen our spin

  • on February 21, 2014, 13:24 GMT

    Dhoni is not even fit to be part of test team averaging 35. Dinesh Karthik deserves place in place of Dhoni.

  • on February 21, 2014, 13:18 GMT

    Gambir should be given another chance and need to find new fast bowler

  • on February 21, 2014, 12:47 GMT

    This is the most balance team for India

    Rohit Shikhar Virat captain Pujara Ajinkya rahane Dinesh kartik wicket keeper Stuwart binny Amit mishra Varun Aron Mohammed shami Bhubaneswar kumar/ishwor pandey

  • Nags44 on February 21, 2014, 12:41 GMT

    I agree with comments of Rahoo 1 on captain / coach. But Dhoni should change his defensive approach when things dont go his way; he has been allowing thngs to drift which negatively impact our team's chances. He doesnot always select the best team under his command; for example he should have taken risk of playing with 5 bowlers(with Ashwin & Jadeja) plus 3 medium pacers in NZ;drop Rohit Sharma who has shown repeated weakness against the moving ball even after so many chances(in 5 years). We also need to include a mental conditioning coach in the support staff like what we had under Gary Kristan.

  • on February 21, 2014, 12:30 GMT

    If BCCI is going to quiz Dhoni and Fletcher alone, be sure that only a half baked solution can emerge at best. A more fundamental introspection is required within the BCCI admin itself. Like the emperor's new clothes every cricket fan can see what is wron with BCCI's approach except BCCI itself. BCCI should realise 1) that Test cricket matters 2) that sporting pitches have to be prepared across the country 3) that it is important to design and deploy programs to develop of bowlers - fast AND spin - who can consistently take 20 wickets in a Test not only at home under favorable conditions but abroad too and in all conditions.

  • pratit on February 21, 2014, 12:30 GMT

    Let me tell you the reasons for failure- Dhoni himself, lack of a seam-bowling allrounder( pathetic how players like Binny and R. Dhawan continue to be ignored) and lack of a quality spinner- in that order of significance. Since Anil Kumble is no more, and the quality of seamers is such that India will nearly always have to bowl 220-240 overs per match abroad, an extra seam-bowling allrounder or extra seamer is necessary. Also, guys like M. Shami should be adequately rested, which again is unlikely to happen given BCCI's shortsightedness.

  • yjreddyindia on February 21, 2014, 12:00 GMT

    see the teams in the world, all the spinners peforming very well on fast pitches.Take a look at Swann from england,Ajmal from pak,lyon from aussiess,herath from lanka, shillingford and narine from windies.what abut our spinners???not able to take the wickets..no flight in the bowling.

  • on February 21, 2014, 11:59 GMT

    India has a good batting lineup and talented bowlers. These are the problems when India go overseas

    Opening partnership is not solid . It is d most important thing as it lays d platform. In that case Vijay is d culprit. Middle order is good with Pujara , Kohli , Rahane but don't know why Rohit is there. Keeper - Dhoni'ss batting form has been good but needs more aggression in captaincy . Should be always attackin' and keep faith on u r bowlers. Bowling - Zak , Ishant and Shami are a good trio but xcept Shami are down in pace. We need a fast bowler who can clock 145k regularly without breakin'down like Mitch . All Rounders - Jaddu and Ashwin are match-winners in India.Goin' to Oz & Nz, don't xpect balls to spin. Pick a pace bowlin' allrounder who can bowl 135k.

    Coach - PLS cancel his contract and try 2 get Fleming or Kirsten back.

    English are weak against short stuff as we saw in Ashes.

  • on February 21, 2014, 11:51 GMT

    Lillee may stop working for CA. BCCI should bring him as bowling coach - he can atleast do something about the Ishant Sharma problem. Change the coach, let Duncan be technical coach for batting. Bring a coach who can give the team confidence to win. Even someone like Ganguly can be good. He can bring that aggressive cricket and hunger to win back for the Indian team. MSD and Dada or even Virat and Dada could do wonders together.

    Main Coach - Ganguly / Other good aggressive coach

    Batting(technical) coach - Fletcher / Gavaskar

    Bowling Coach - Lillee / Pollock

    Fielding Coach - Rhodes(if available) or Hayden to improve India's slip fielding considering India tour ENG, AUS and World Cup is in AUS.

    BCCI plz do something other 0-9 in ENG+AUS is inevitable :'(

  • kalkur on February 21, 2014, 11:46 GMT

    1 ) Prepare Fast Track pitches in major cities . It will help Indian bowlers as well . 2) In Ranji matches do not allocate points for first Innings lead.Full points for a win and share the points for a draw.This makes the team to go for a win rather than to settle for first innings lead.This changes the mind set of the future players/captains.

  • on February 21, 2014, 11:44 GMT

    not only dhoni and coach,even bcci organisation also to be changed (india team belong to every indians, not only for few people )

  • on February 21, 2014, 11:42 GMT

    Three years is a long time to wait for changes. Look arouind, and you will find that all good teams have different captains for different formats - be it Test, one day or 20-20. It is unfortunate that Dhoni got hurt at wrong time - he is best for one day format only. Keep him as the captain for this format ONLY. Is it that the selection board is afraid to part with Dhoni or is there an underlying understanding? Also, donot overburden with 3 resposibilities - Captain, Wicket Keeper and Batsman. At one time he used to be a very confident Batsman and could stabilize team by going at 3 or 4 down, those days are gone. If Dhoni can compete as a Batsman so far so good otherwise replace him. Look at his performance against S. Africa, batting average of <28, same with Murali Vijay and many others. Both Gambhir and the great Sehvag were removed for non performance with better average. Bring both of them back for Test cricket atleast. Overseas bowlers used to be afraid of only Sehvag!

  • yuvi_gladiator on February 21, 2014, 11:41 GMT

    first things first, throw this rahane guy out of odi's and get 7 batsman inn thats how we used to win. Dhoni should not be captain in tests, Fletcher and Ashwin has to go. its not hard to see we started loosing the day fletcher took that job along with dhoni in tests. they blamed the seniors for all the thrashings in england and australia but the real reason was dhoni's lack of faith in them and faulty tactics. He does not have anyone to blame but himself now as there are no seniors.

  • CodandChips on February 21, 2014, 11:33 GMT

    What's wrong with Duncan Fletcher. He inherited a wilting team, and transformed it into a team full of talented youngsters. It will take time for them to be world beaters. They showed promise, won a champions trophy, and unlike their predecessors of 2011, did not lose every away match, and put up a good fight.

  • on February 21, 2014, 11:19 GMT

    India need to spend time on pitch time is equil to runs india will get less time to spend on pitch in 3or 4th inngs and our plyers seems feeling safe after scoring 350/400 try to play shotes dont try tostay on pitch u can see last 8/9 match test must play like test

  • Arrow011 on February 21, 2014, 11:16 GMT

    if CSK member has more eligible of being the captain due to Srinivasan then it would be great to have Ashwin as captain in tests. People blame Ashwin for nothing, he has played only 1 test of the last 4, he has always performed with bat or ball overseas. In just 19 tests he has crossed 100 wickets, which is an Indian record, scored 2 quick test hundreds with 70+ Strike rate, hich even Harbhajan, Kumble put together have not managed to score in their combined 230+ tests, he should always play in all tests along with Ravinder Jadeja. 2 spinners are a must in all tests for India.

  • Udendra on February 21, 2014, 11:12 GMT

    Dhoni should continue to be captain when playing in sub-continent. In away matches... well... there seems to be none.

  • on February 21, 2014, 11:02 GMT

    coming english tour might be last chance for dhoni in test matches but as always dhoni will bounce back with flying colors.....................this is biggest challenge of dhoni's career.LITTLE BIT OF LUCK AND SOME SMART BOWLING CAN CHANGE THE WHOLE PICTURE THIS SUMMER.

  • raghoo1 on February 21, 2014, 11:01 GMT

    Its plain incorrect to blame the current team for 10 losses in the last 12 oveeseas marches - that has come to be repeated too often of late. This team is responsible for just lost 2 of those 10. The "credit" for the remaining 8 should go to the famed line up of Tendulkar-Dravid-Laxman-Sehwag-Gambhir. This team has done far better than that over rated one. We came close to winning one match in SA and had out moments in both the tests in NZ. The batting now looks better than it ever did in the last 10 years - I woudlnt have expected the previous era batters to come close to 40 runs of a victory chasing 400. Its really the bowling cupboard that looks bare and unless we fill that gap, no tampering with the captain / coach is going to help. Cmon, with all the cricket being played, we surely can get hold of 2 decent fast bowlers and one good spinner????

  • on February 21, 2014, 10:57 GMT

    @ sandeep Gowda - i told about chance not give to Parvez Rasool and not murli vijay

  • john_srk on February 21, 2014, 10:50 GMT

    I have seen the all four matches very closely. I find this new young Indian team can win test match at overseas. Dhoni has problem in overseas test that they don't have the quality pace bowler who consistently through the ball 140 kmph. Our bowler line & length is always questionable, if Dhoni set the off-side filed our bowler start through the ball leg side length,due to this they cannot create a pressure on the Opposition batsman. BCCI should create an opportunity where they can produce young fast bowlers. Remember you cant win the test match without taking 20 wkts in a match. Another important thing which India should bring it on....That is DRS

  • on February 21, 2014, 10:46 GMT

    How many chances wil give to Murali Vijay stop politics include good players .The chances are very much more for Murali Vijay after failing so many matches also .

  • on February 21, 2014, 10:45 GMT

    Most of them say dhoni is defensive and virat is agressive to be a test captain, but in my view kholi is aggressive player than to lead an indian test team, becoz u can take zim series where kholi not gave a single chance to rasool after we won the series, so how defensive he is that not to test a player then how come he will take risk in test matches like when to take new ball, field placements etc. what i like to say is virat is risk free player and not risk taking player, the idea is to win all matches in zim under his captaincy, but that doesnt mean u should not give chance to a player

  • on February 21, 2014, 10:39 GMT

    Make Ganguly the Coach....

  • Amit_13 on February 21, 2014, 10:37 GMT

    Dhoni is a mighty player. A proper king slayer. He will bring back a game from any position in any format except away tests. It is interesting that such an instinctive player with tremendous self belief should battle confidence issues overseas. It must be suffocating for him to not be able to execute any plans; to not express even impose himself. He needs a structure bowling unit around him.

    On a different note, the rest from an India assignment instead of an IPL assignment is not a good one. Srinivasan wouldn't have liked that.

  • chinnu_rocking231 on February 21, 2014, 10:34 GMT

    Pujara Test captain Kohli/T20 captain dhoni can play odi and t20 as wk batsmen(in tests its his call ) look fr indian coach... get good bolwing coach and invest more in buturing raw talent(mostly fast bowlers and finger spinners)

  • godshand on February 21, 2014, 10:32 GMT

    MSD is too subjective in team selection; Yuvi, Raina, Ashwin are pedestrian travellers but still retained. Tiwary, Pujara etc deserve an ODI place. As such, MSD used to win due to superstars and not because of his captaincy and the HARSH TRUTH is out now !!!

  • SANATP22 on February 21, 2014, 10:25 GMT

    Bring back experience in both Test & ODI side. Ravi Shatri or Sunil Gavaskar will be good coach for this Indian side with their fresh idea,G Gambhir can play role in this side in top of order where India lack solidity.Harbhajan,Rishi Dhawan can make this blowing side strong. Its depend upon selector what they want?

  • Big_Brother_of_Cricket on February 21, 2014, 10:14 GMT

    Here comes the BCCI solution for under-performing batters and toothless bowling : Sack the coach. Why? Because he's not Indian and he's reason why bowlers are not bowling well and batters can't bat in overseas conditions. Ganguly is in the same boat as he was in back is playing days. You can't compare coaches by how they go around the ground while playing. Dravid is more logical in his approach. I really think it's high time for Dhoni to resign as India's Test captain (not ODI or T20), Kohli is the probable option until you have a really good leader. Thus, take out toothless batters and bowlers. Zaheer has been a great servant for India, but it's time for him to hang boots. Umesh should have been a better option in NZ pitches. Jadeja is not a Test spinner in overseas conditions. Get someone who can really spin the bowl and have some variations (eg: Mishra). Batting looks promising other than Sharma and Dhoni.

  • on February 21, 2014, 10:11 GMT

    Dhoni need to support 4 pacers Plus one spin all rounder overseas. 1-2 players always ready to be rotated based on form in 2 -3 matches maximum. India need a proper support team which some what should be ready to interfere if something not going as what expected. Currently his disregard for bowlers creating the issue, nothing else.

  • on February 21, 2014, 10:04 GMT

    come on Flecter should be removed from coach .. i thinks its enough for india to win overseas ... if needed put virat as captain ...

  • on February 21, 2014, 10:03 GMT

    it's not a time to panic. first build a good team. and see results.

  • on February 21, 2014, 10:03 GMT

    It is just an eye-wash from BCCI. I don't think anything chnage after this meetting. Fletcher getting his contract Renewed and also same Test squad will be travelling to England in this summer..

  • on February 21, 2014, 10:01 GMT

    There should be a review after every 2 years in order to improve the performance of the team.the performance of coach and captain and whole team should be reviewed after 2 years.

  • Hello13 on February 21, 2014, 9:59 GMT

    What would it take for these two to be sacked? Nobody can do worse than Dhoni, his captaincy has been terrible. We need an aggressive captain like Ganguly for the tour of Australia, dhoni is too calm. Indians play better when they're fired up.

  • Arrow011 on February 21, 2014, 9:58 GMT

    0-4 in England, 0-4 in Australia, 0-1 in Safrica, 0-1 in New Zealand is all understatement by the media, the reality is all of these were WINLESS tours where India did not win the home team in T20s, ODIs or Tests (I think not even tour practice matches were won in these series) so this is way more serious problem than just losing tests as the media keeps saying. Duncan Fletcher needs to be sacked immediately & Dhoni should be asked to give way for Virat Kohli. No way Dhoni is a test captain, his ideas & luck are not going to benefit India. Dhoni is good to captain only in T20s & ODIs for the time being.

  • sramesh_74 on February 21, 2014, 9:52 GMT

    Time to ring in some changes. Relieve Dhoni of Test captaincy; let Fletcher go; bring in Rahul Dravid as chief coach. Radical?? Not really..

  • Cricsnake on February 21, 2014, 9:51 GMT

    I think there is nothing wrong with Indian team. Every team has bad phases & that's it. Team India will regain their pride in coming Asia Cup. New team with a fresh captain will end the winless season. Pujara might cement his place in ODI's. Good Luck to team India for Asia Cup.

  • CricketMaan on February 21, 2014, 9:50 GMT

    Here are my reviwe comments, not that you need them 1. Your captain is only as good as your team, so stop blaming him for every loss. 2. You are not going play let alone win 5 Tests in England with 3 fast bowlers and 1 spinner. 3. Take punt and play a stuart binny or irfan pathan if he is not injured, as 4th seamer, will allow Shamis and Ishants to be fresh 4. Get your batting order correct. Both MSD and Rahane are too low down the order. 5. Most importantly stop playing too much cricket. What is the piont in playing Shami in Asia Cup? Can he survive Asia cup, WT20, IPL and yet play all 5 Tests in England. Not even the fittest Jimmy anderson can do that. 6. Eric Simmons was doing well before Joe came in. What is the improvement? I'd rather take Zak as bowling coach to England. 7. Lastly, pray to GOD

  • VoxPopuli on February 21, 2014, 9:49 GMT

    Even though a BCCI official denied it, it should not surprise anyone if indeed they have sent feelers to Andy Fowler. BCCI is known to be unduly secretive about their operations and is known to be contemptuous towards press and public in sharing information. So let us not count on their denial as being the final word on it.

    It also makes sense - they won't get rid of Dhoni because of is closeness to Srinivasan who acts as if he owns BCCI and nothing ever affects Srinivasan and his cronies no matter how bad they perform. So they cannot touch Dhoni. Thus the obvious scapegoat would be Fletcher.

    So if Fletcher out and Dhoni intact is what we see in the coming days, that should be no one's surprise! - vox populi

  • on February 21, 2014, 9:46 GMT

    First off all sack duncan.... make some Indian as a head coach...!!! get someone as fast bowling coach separate and spin bowing coach separately.... and we need a batting coach as well...

    I'd be happy if these are considered for those posts,,,,

    1. Kumble as head coach and spin coach as well 2. Dravid to mentor batsman 3. WV raman as bowling coach overall...

    this i think seems good combination...

  • Gozunder on February 21, 2014, 9:43 GMT

    If the BCCI is really serious about India's overseas performances, they need to get rid of this fearsome quartet of Dhoni, Fletcher, Penney and Dawes. Find some young coaching staff that'll take Indian cricket forward, my choice is Justin Langer for coach, Shaun Pollock as bowling mentor/coach and Jonty Rhodes as a fielding coach. Dhoni should be sacked in all three formats, and Kohli should take over for tests, ODIs and Rohit Sharma for T20s.

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  • Gozunder on February 21, 2014, 9:43 GMT

    If the BCCI is really serious about India's overseas performances, they need to get rid of this fearsome quartet of Dhoni, Fletcher, Penney and Dawes. Find some young coaching staff that'll take Indian cricket forward, my choice is Justin Langer for coach, Shaun Pollock as bowling mentor/coach and Jonty Rhodes as a fielding coach. Dhoni should be sacked in all three formats, and Kohli should take over for tests, ODIs and Rohit Sharma for T20s.

  • on February 21, 2014, 9:46 GMT

    First off all sack duncan.... make some Indian as a head coach...!!! get someone as fast bowling coach separate and spin bowing coach separately.... and we need a batting coach as well...

    I'd be happy if these are considered for those posts,,,,

    1. Kumble as head coach and spin coach as well 2. Dravid to mentor batsman 3. WV raman as bowling coach overall...

    this i think seems good combination...

  • VoxPopuli on February 21, 2014, 9:49 GMT

    Even though a BCCI official denied it, it should not surprise anyone if indeed they have sent feelers to Andy Fowler. BCCI is known to be unduly secretive about their operations and is known to be contemptuous towards press and public in sharing information. So let us not count on their denial as being the final word on it.

    It also makes sense - they won't get rid of Dhoni because of is closeness to Srinivasan who acts as if he owns BCCI and nothing ever affects Srinivasan and his cronies no matter how bad they perform. So they cannot touch Dhoni. Thus the obvious scapegoat would be Fletcher.

    So if Fletcher out and Dhoni intact is what we see in the coming days, that should be no one's surprise! - vox populi

  • CricketMaan on February 21, 2014, 9:50 GMT

    Here are my reviwe comments, not that you need them 1. Your captain is only as good as your team, so stop blaming him for every loss. 2. You are not going play let alone win 5 Tests in England with 3 fast bowlers and 1 spinner. 3. Take punt and play a stuart binny or irfan pathan if he is not injured, as 4th seamer, will allow Shamis and Ishants to be fresh 4. Get your batting order correct. Both MSD and Rahane are too low down the order. 5. Most importantly stop playing too much cricket. What is the piont in playing Shami in Asia Cup? Can he survive Asia cup, WT20, IPL and yet play all 5 Tests in England. Not even the fittest Jimmy anderson can do that. 6. Eric Simmons was doing well before Joe came in. What is the improvement? I'd rather take Zak as bowling coach to England. 7. Lastly, pray to GOD

  • Cricsnake on February 21, 2014, 9:51 GMT

    I think there is nothing wrong with Indian team. Every team has bad phases & that's it. Team India will regain their pride in coming Asia Cup. New team with a fresh captain will end the winless season. Pujara might cement his place in ODI's. Good Luck to team India for Asia Cup.

  • sramesh_74 on February 21, 2014, 9:52 GMT

    Time to ring in some changes. Relieve Dhoni of Test captaincy; let Fletcher go; bring in Rahul Dravid as chief coach. Radical?? Not really..

  • Arrow011 on February 21, 2014, 9:58 GMT

    0-4 in England, 0-4 in Australia, 0-1 in Safrica, 0-1 in New Zealand is all understatement by the media, the reality is all of these were WINLESS tours where India did not win the home team in T20s, ODIs or Tests (I think not even tour practice matches were won in these series) so this is way more serious problem than just losing tests as the media keeps saying. Duncan Fletcher needs to be sacked immediately & Dhoni should be asked to give way for Virat Kohli. No way Dhoni is a test captain, his ideas & luck are not going to benefit India. Dhoni is good to captain only in T20s & ODIs for the time being.

  • Hello13 on February 21, 2014, 9:59 GMT

    What would it take for these two to be sacked? Nobody can do worse than Dhoni, his captaincy has been terrible. We need an aggressive captain like Ganguly for the tour of Australia, dhoni is too calm. Indians play better when they're fired up.

  • on February 21, 2014, 10:01 GMT

    There should be a review after every 2 years in order to improve the performance of the team.the performance of coach and captain and whole team should be reviewed after 2 years.

  • on February 21, 2014, 10:03 GMT

    It is just an eye-wash from BCCI. I don't think anything chnage after this meetting. Fletcher getting his contract Renewed and also same Test squad will be travelling to England in this summer..