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Shastri questions seniors' commitment

The former skipper says India must show character if they want to salvage some pride.

india Updated: Nov 24, 2006 23:03 IST

Former Indian captain Ravi Shastri has questioned the team selection as well as the commitment of senior players after India's "gutless" showing against South Africa in the second one-dayer at Kingsmead.

"There was no fight from any of the batsmen - not even from the ones who have vast amounts of experience. It's time for something to happen. I believe the selections were not right," Shastri said.

India were skittled out of 91 in reply to South Africa's 248 for 8 suffering a huge 157-run defeat.

The former all-rounder, commentating during the series for a television channel in Durban, said the selectors should have opted for Gautam Ghambir, who has been making runs consistently in the domestic cricket, in place of Wasim Jaffer.

"Ghambir is the form man. I could not understand why he was not in the squad for this trip. I'm afraid I believe if this team does not show any character as this tour progresses then it will be heading for disaster," he was quoted as saying by local daily Daily News.

He said the team would have to show some character if they want to salvage some pride in the ongoing series.

"If they have to salvage anything from this tour the Indians will have to start showing some character or this is going to end in a disgrace. It was a gutless showing. I've never seen anything like this before," Shastri said.

India play their next one-day in Cape Town on Sunday.