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6 consecutive Test defeats abroad a 'huge step backward': Ganguly

india Updated: Jan 11, 2012 22:09 IST
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Former captain Sourav Ganguly feels that six consecutive Test defeats abroad in the last one year has been a "huge step backward" for the Indian cricket team.

"Indian cricket has taken a lot of pride in their performance overseas in the past decade but I fear they have taken a huge step backward in the past year," Ganguly wrote in his column in Sydney Morning Herald.

"India are always a strong team at home - almost unbeatable - and the big challenge in the 2000s was to change the performance overseas.

"India did manage to do that with the likes of Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Anil Kumble, VVS Laxman, Virender Sehwag, Zaheer Khan and Harbhajan Singh over a long period of time but the question now is, at the back end of the careers of these huge names, is India again soft when touring?" he wrote.

"There is still time before coming to a conclusion but time is running away fast for this team, and they quickly need to find a way to get the monkey off their back."

In England last summer, India lost all the four Test matches and down 0-2 in the ongoing tour of Australia, Mahendra Singh Dhoni's men are facing the ignominy of another series whitewash.

"India have a lot to ponder after the Test losses in Melbourne and Sydney - most pertinently whether the team has once again gone soft when playing overseas," Ganguly wrote.

"It's not the losses but the way they have been outplayed that will be a big source of concern for M S Dhoni and Duncan Fletcher. Sydney was India's sixth consecutive defeat in as many matches overseas and in most cases they have been one-sided Tests, with five out of six finishing in four days," he felt.

The cricketer-turned-commentator was aghast to see India's meek surrender in England and now in Australia, and feels that it is the famed batting line up which was disappointing the team on overseas tours.