New Delhi: The horrendous performance of the Indian team in the ongoing Test series against England has brought a lot of criticism for the squad. While some criticized India’s formidable batting order, former England skipper Nasser Hussain questioned the zeal and hunger of Indian batting legends including Sachin Tendulkar, MS Dhoni and Gautam Gambhir.
As Team India prepares to get back into the series with one Test left, Hussain slammed that attitude of India’s god-like legends. He revealed that after being heavily criticized for their dismal form, it will be very difficult for these players to get a positive frame of mind before the Nagpur Test.
Are they thinking, deep down, ‘Never Mind’, and prioritising instead the fun, glamour and huge financial rewards that come from the Indian Premier League, he questioned while writing for DailyMail.
He said that India desperately needs a win at the Nagpur Test to share the series with England and it would help them believe that everything is OK as they will forget where they went wrong.
On Team India’s changes in the squad, he said dropping Yuvraj, Zaheer and Harbhajan won’t make any difference as it is the attitude not personnel that needs to change.
Hussain revealed that if India loses this series 3-1 the public will realize that there needs to be a shake-up and support coach Duncan Fletcher’s attempts to bring a change. He also said that the Indian public needs to realize that what is happening with the Indian cricket is not Duncan’s fault.
He said that Team India needs a change especially after they lost Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman while the greatest of them all, Sachin Tendulkar, is not what he use to be.
Duncan Fletcher will definitely look into the eyes of Dhoni, Gambhir, Sehwag and even Tendulkar to see how much hunger they have, he said. And the day that hunger goes away, they will have to step down and Fletcher will know what needs to be done, he added. He also questioned whether or not Fletcher will be allowed to do that.
On England’s performance, he stated that the visitors have done a commendable job by lifting their game after the suffering heavy loss in the first Test. If England’s manages to sweep a 3-1 over India in Nagpur, it will surely be right up there with the Ashes.
(With Agency inputs)