What Ails Indian Cricket? - Page 2
To add to our woes, the selectors under Kris Srikkanth have not planned replacements for our aging greats, Tendulkar, Dravid and Laxman. Age catches up with the best and they are no exception. The only players who had the technique are handicapped with much slower reflexes and reaction times. They are, all of them, a mere shadow of their great pasts, when facing a young aggressive Aussie bowling attack. The time has come for them to move on. The younger players like Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma need more playing opportunities in tough conditions.
Dhoni's captaincy has been T 20 oriented, keeping the fielders on the boundaries and allowing the middle order Aussies and even the tail enders to retrieve bad situations. His bowling changes have been inexplicable.We have now lost 7 Test matches in a row abroad. The days when he had the so called Midas touch seem restricted to the shorter forms of the game.
The other problem is that our pitches in India are so batsmen friendly that almost everyone has averages and records which suggest they are far better than they actually are. Unless we prepare pitches which are more bouncy in India, our batsmen will ever remain uncomfortable when playing abroad.
Of course, the BCCI has a choice. It can choose to play only T 20 games and that too only in India. This is the most radical move they can make. The good news is that, we are so low down in the dumps as far as Test cricket is concerned, that we can only go one way, and that is upward.