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Shame old story at Perth

In sports, it’s painful to watch a great player in decline. Indian cricket fans have been enduring this since July 2011. The slide started at Lord’s and Perth provided ample proof that the era of India’s golden generation has come to an end. HT reports. The fall looks imminent | Zak gets back at Haddin, on field this time | Blow by blow | How we went about it | Perth pangs

india Updated: Jan 15, 2012 01:45 IST
HT Correspondent

In sports, it’s painful to watch a great player in decline. Indian cricket fans have been enduring this since July 2011. The slide started at Lord’s and Perth provided ample proof that the era of India’s golden generation has come to an end.

VVS Laxman’s limp right hand, gesturing helplessly as he edged a catch to the slips for a duck, and a desperate Sachin Tendulkar (8) trying to give an impression that he was wronged by the umpire were pitiable sights on Day 2.

After Saturday’s horrible batting collapse, another huge defeat is coming India’s way. Australia would definitely go for a quick kill on Sunday morning.

Fired by David Warner’s 180, the hosts were closing in on a 3-0 lead after reducing the visitors to 88 for four in their second innings of the third Test.

The Indian bowlers fought back, but the much-needed back-up from the batsmen never came. http://www.hindustantimes.com/Images/HTEditImages/Images/15_01_pg-01b.jpg

To rub it in, rocking the Indian giants was rookie pacer Mitchell Starc. Playing only his third Test, the left-arm pacer struck a double blow, first getting Gautam Gambhir (14) out and then ending Tendulkar’s struggle with an incoming delivery.

It’s not about the second day’s play. This team has lost the plot. It’s time for a change of guard.

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