India's debacle in Australia January 15, 2012

'A lot of soul-searching needs to be done'

ESPNcricinfo staff
After India's seventh consecutive overseas Test defeat, throats were cleared for some angry shouting

"I think a lot of soul-searching needs to be done. We need to look at first-class cricket structure, pitches that we play, scheduling of matches, it has to be a really long hard look at everything."
Sunil Gavaskar on the way ahead

"The last time India was in Perth was the start of India's rise to the No. 1 ranking. This time we have lost the last seven away games. In the first meeting I attended as captain of India, the first question I asked was do we have a transition plan for all the senior players? The answer then was: yes we have ready replacements."
Anil Kumble on how the plan to bring in youngsters never materialised

"There are many reasons for Indian team's disappointing performance in Australia. Some players are ageing and they have been so good for over a period of time but at 39 they are no longer young for Test cricket."
Sourav Ganguly speaks of one contributing factor to India's loss

"I think MS Dhoni has a habit of staying back and waiting for things to happen. I think we need to look for a new captain for Test matches."
Maninder Singh, the former India spinner, says changes need to be made at the very top

"When Tendulkar and Dravid and those boys retire in a couple of years, where is Indian cricket going to be. Are the youngsters coming through?"
Australian opener David Warner is perhaps mindful of Australia's badly handled transition

"The selectors need to choose players carefully keeping in mind the players who can adjust to conditions, can change their game according to the pace and bounce outside even if they haven't scored enough runs in domestic cricket. We need to progress step by step. Dhoni's batting is a concern, he is low in confidence and it is affecting his captaincy but we should not take any drastic step."
Sanjay Manjrekar warns against sweeping changes

"India will prob have one of those "reviews". These are their best players but they can't handle pace. Solution: pitches at home."
Former England captain and current commentator David Lloyd has some advice for Indian batsmen

"They (BCCI) are doing extremely well when it comes to making money and controlling world cricket. But what is the use if your team fails to win matches abroad?"
Kapil Dev goes after the Indian board

"Sachin is getting out to balls frequently coming back into him. Laxman and Sehwag are giving catches in the slip cordon regularly and even Dravid is getting bowled repeatedly. All sad signs of diminishing class of these great players."
Former India captain Nari Contractor thinks the time is up for India's Big Three

"Pre-IPL and under Ganguly with a similar team India won in England and drew in Aussie. Had plenty of fight back then! Where has it gone?"
Thought-provoking question tweeted by former England captain Michael Vaughan

"I am saying this with a heavy heart, but once the IPL comes around in April, every Test defeat will be forgotten."
Could that be a silver lining or just more gloomy predictions from Bishan Bedi?

"I don't think the Aussies bowling attack was unplayable as was the case in the past. I don't think someone like Peter Siddle is like that. They are essentially length bowlers. In a way, we let the Australian bowlers come on top of us which I don't feel they deserve to be."
Farokh Engineer, the former India keeper, isn't giving credit to the Australian bowlers for inflicting the massive defeats

"Indian cricket's problem is not much shortage of talent as self-delusion. Being the richest in the world is not necessarily synonymous with the best. Building a truly great team needs long-term vision, rigorous planning, strong leadership and some luck with the right talent coming together at the same time."
Journalist Ayaz Memon on India's problems

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  • Prashant on January 18, 2012, 17:40 GMT

    All the so-called experts now jump in with their views. Where were they few months back? The seniors didn't age in few months. I heard Ganguly some months back saying that seniors should retire when they feel like. Talk of hypocrisy. Gavaskar making comments on TV channels that India's tour had a poor schedule as we don't play between tests. Didn't he see this earlier. Hindsight is always good. We are fickle supporters so lets not get swayed with this words of "wisdom" from the so-called experts. I would rather listen to Aakash Chopra speak. Anyway I feel Dravid, Laxman, Tendulkar should retire on their own and would be nice if they take the opportunity in the final test.

  • Suhail on January 17, 2012, 19:38 GMT

    Bedi nailed it! IPL is the best thing that has happened for players for many reasons. Most importantly it helps people mix class and crass. leaders and cheerleaders.. so for sure we people will forget and forgive these aussie ridicule.

  • Dru on January 17, 2012, 17:40 GMT

    Ayaz Memon captures reality while others are jumping at shadows and looking for scapegoats. India took the right gamble in sticking with the senior players in an affort to combat an inexperienced Aus attack but they have been blown away and lost out but that's part of the deal. There was no India would have gone to Aus with young guys in the batting. The batting has been awfully dissappointing to say the least but they took the right approach and it didnt payoff. Its nothing to do with the IPL, Dhoni or anything else. However, its time to move on and surely the big three are all on their last overseas tours given there are no more for the next two years.

  • Rajaram on January 17, 2012, 14:08 GMT

    Did you notice that NOBODY in India dares to ask Sachin Tendulkar to retire? Why? Is he very young?

  • Dummy4 on January 17, 2012, 11:37 GMT

    I fully agree, Bedi has hit nail on the Indian Cricket coffin- RIP. For a long time Indian cricket is ruled by the factions and favoritism, this hasn't helped Indian cricket. IPL yes the players made lots of money and organiser made even more money but it has not benefited Cricket. It is time Indian cricket take a hard look and learn from Australia AND DECIDE PLAYERS BASED ON PERFORMANCE rather than on paper. It is time to rest the so called legends( in their own minds only) and bring new blood. I have never seen a team getting demolished they way Australia did to India. Those so called batsman should be ashamed of the way they played.

  • rob on January 17, 2012, 9:36 GMT

    @criclover999: "Only Sachin Tendulkar has kept my interest in cricket the day my childhood hero retires cricket will die for me ." /n Well then, your name is actually a misnomer. You are not a cricket lover at all, you are a hero worshipper. You would be better off following another sport because your man is on the way out. Good luck with your vicarious lifestyle.

  • Shanker on January 17, 2012, 9:27 GMT

    @Chris_Howard: Greatest mysteries of life

  • Shanker on January 17, 2012, 9:18 GMT

    Lloyd was bang on! Change pitches in India. Ask the youngsters to keep bowling 100 balls everyday at 150 KPH and the batsmen to practice 100 bouncers at 150 KPH.. Later they can specialize into swing bowling.. BCCI definitely has the money to do this.. as for people, there are millions..

    Groom from birth :)

  • Girik on January 17, 2012, 8:43 GMT

    Best comments are from Kapil Dev, David Lloyd and Bedi. Also Maninder Singh makes a good point about Dhoni's passivity and Kumble's point about transition is interesting. The main things to change for India: 1. Home pitches (Make some not all more lively for fast bowlers in Ranji), 2. Cut down on IPL/Increase importance of Ranji and County Cricket, 3. Scheduling of matches (To be best in the world more important than money) 4. Performance not brand/past reputation (when selecting team - who coined the stupid "Big Four" thing anyway) 5. Market up the away tours more than home series or World Cup or IPL - this is what real Indian cricket fans want success in. NOW, out of these five things I think only one or two MAX will come to fruition (and that too very slowly if at all) because the BCCI is well... better suited to be a political party than a cricket board.

  • Dummy4 on January 17, 2012, 5:58 GMT

    Everybody asking to change captain.Ok who is the replace ment ?Before that what will be the next tes team?One thing sure Kohli and Rrohith are going to be the batting nucleus of the future indian team.Pujara and Raina also will be there i hope.Kohli is good as captain but he need time.I think BCCI should think Sourav Ganguli as Coach and Virat as Captain and rebuild the team.Mukundu,Dinesh Karthik,Rahane,Pujara,Kohli,Rohith Irfan,Yadav,Aaron/Ishanth,Ohja/Aswin/Rahul sharama.Raina,Jadeja,Praveen Kumar,M Vijay will complete the 15 squad

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