India news February 21, 2014

BCCI to review away performances


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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  • SATISH CHANDER 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 !

  • Naresh 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.

  • Naresh 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.

  • Kishor 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.

  • vijay kumar 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.

  • Ashok 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!

  • venkat 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!

  • raj 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!

  • Nilanka 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.

  • Alex 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.

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