India v England, 3rd Test, Kolkata, 5th day December 9, 2012

'Indian preparation was diabolical'

ESPNcricinfo staff
Reactions to India's defeat in the third Test at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata

"Dhoni [is] lost [about] what to do. He is confused and when things go out of his control, he just lets things drift."
The previous head of India's selection panel Kris Srikkanth isn't impressed with India's captain

"England were well prepared while India were over-confident. The Indian preparation for this important series was diabolical."
Former selection panel head Dilip Vengsarkar

"India's cricket fans want to see tenacity and a never-say-die look to the team. they are entitled to feel disappointed."
Commentator Harsha Bhogle, on Twitter

"At this point of time you cannot have wholesale changes, may be one or two changes for the next Test match. I don't want to blame the captain alone because it has been a collective failure."
Former selection panel head Kiran More

"Ashwin seems to be a better batsman than a bowler and could be promoted up the batting order."
Former India captain Ajit Wadekar

"I think M.S. Dhoni has been lucky as a captain; Indian captains do not normally survive this long while losing. I think the Indians are paying for their lack of preparation and an obsession with avenging the 4-0 whitewash in England last year."
Former India captain Bishen Bedi

"I have been a former cricketer and when I see the kind of approach the players have had over the last one year, I get a little bit disappointed. Look, talent-wise this team has got everything but for that talent to flower, the approach has to be right, the attitude has to be right."
Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar

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  • Matrix on December 12, 2012, 17:22 GMT

    Problems facing BCCI and Team India NOW were NOT there when these players played. For one, there was'nt someone like Sachin who refuses to retire and cannot be dropped either due to political clout. When older and out of form batsmen refuse to retire - excepting Dravind and Laxman - you end up with a team haggard prone to failure.Also there was no IPL a money making machine to influence players with money and regionalism.

  • C on December 11, 2012, 8:40 GMT

    @statisticsRocks. Very rightly said. We have been playing test cricket for about 70 odd years and yet our fielding is an embarrassment. Nothing has changed. The problem lies with our domestic cricket structure, cricket grounds and pitches and sadly a lack of spine in the selectors. Look at their fear of talking to SRT and dread of the word retirement. Give SRT the Nagpur test and show him the door. Why this pussyfooting about? Please compare the fielding and commitment shown by Samit Patel [ the weakest of the fielders in the English side ] with maybe Zaheer Khan. BCCI is mullish about DRS and strangely very step motherly towards test cricket. You had Australians touring in the past playing only 2 tests and a host of meaningless one day matches. Sadly empty stadiums at Motera, Mohali etc. My point is why schedule tests in these centers, when in Chennai, Bangalore, Mumbai, Kolkata you get reasonable crowds and knowledgeable too. BCCI should have permanant test centers now.

  • Dummy4 on December 11, 2012, 5:16 GMT

    Looks like selectors are also not prepared to adopt dynamic approach and still want to continue with old horses. We need fresh thinking and strong mindset. Present lot of players are too head strong to accept a difficult situations and prefer to find excuses. Hope selectors take a longer perspective and move on.

  • Subash on December 10, 2012, 22:47 GMT

    As an Indian fan, first I would like to congratulate ENG for a brilliant performance thuis far. For the sake of futrue of test matchess in India I hope Cook and Co. give us another drubbing in Nagpur otherwise there wont be any changes to what we have been doing all along. When will these multi millionaires understand we need to revamp our whole domestic setup. Until then no talent will be coming forward and players like Jadeja are selected based on Dhonis influence and not merit. Even I can score 300 in our domestic setup, thats how bad it is,. I hope Dravid is made the BCCI head and also has some say in the selection of a team.

  • Subash on December 10, 2012, 22:42 GMT

    Kris Srikanth, the prvious selection panel head would have kept the same team and yet he is criticising Dhoni. Don;t get me wrong I am not happy with the performance of our so called millionaire super stars but when a common man and an ordinary cricket fan like me can see the problem, BCCI and the other members including ex players are turnig a blind eye to it. We need a major revamp of our domestic setup unless that happens there is no future for India in test cricket. Further what irks me is the attitude of some of these current players who think they are bigger than the game itself. The only thing big in them other than their wallet is their tummies, an absolute embarassment to the entire nation. I am in my 40's and I more fit than some of these plyrs. We are losing not only coz we are bad but coz ENG are really good and well prepared. Look at their work ethic and discipline. ECB doesn't hesitate to drop a player like KP then why cant we drop SRT, DHONI or other Millionaires.

  • TARIQ on December 10, 2012, 16:18 GMT

    this is same old same old,,like broken record,,no actions just words...

  • Srikanth on December 10, 2012, 16:17 GMT

    I woud second an idea already expressed here. Why can't we have wholesale changes? What was the value addition of having Tendulkar and Sehwag and Gambhir? We know Cricket fortune is fickle, but what we,as ardent followers of the game demand is at least some semblance of a fight. When was the last time we fought and won? When was the last time we batted for more than 1 day to save a match.Please recollect the period 1976-1980 when India was derisively called the "best second Innings side". Remember we had one batsman called Dilip Vengsarkar. Unfortunately, he will be left with tail enders, but he will soldier on doggedly in their company, he will bat through one to one and half days to draw a match we were certain to lose.When was the last time Tendulkar scored a century in second Innings? that too in a winning cause? Must be pretty close to zero, I think.Somebody put up the stats please on his centuries , I innings, II Innings and how many times etc. I think nothing in last 10 years.

  • Dummy4 on December 10, 2012, 16:12 GMT

    The BCCI needs to take a hard look at its selection process, but alos its overall approach to cricket development and grroming of players in the country, which is abysmal. Players need to be selected no the basis of immediate form, rahter than past glory (e.G. Tendulkar). There can be a scuientific approach to player coaching and selection- for instance check and see under the bowling machine which ones can really handle the balls over 140 kmph, the swinging ball, and the short ball. Similarly, spiiners need more attention and development. All of this money around, and we have made no progress as a team! At least 4 players should be dropped in the next test....

  • Dummy4 on December 10, 2012, 13:17 GMT

    It's surprising the past great players are missing the answer blowing in the wind, sachin should go no matter how great he was

  • Dummy4 on December 10, 2012, 12:58 GMT

    Remove Dhoni as captain and put Gambir in place of him then things will be OK, Noone likes Dhoni as a captain with meagre skills

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