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Can Team India get any worse?
HTC, Hindustan Times
December 09, 2012
First Published: 00:10 IST(9/12/2012)
Last Updated: 02:24 IST(9/12/2012)

Once England complete the final rites at Eden Gardens on Sunday, India’s score against respectable opposition in Tests — starting with the series against England in England last year — will be 1-10.

This will be the first time since 1999-2000 that we have lost two consecutive Tests at home.

Before the glorious period of 2000-2010 — when India won more Tests away from home than in any other decade — we were trounced overseas, but used to be heroes at home.

As a cricketing nation, we have hit one of our lowest points. It matters little if India win the fourth Test in Nagpur. We need an overhaul. We need a roadmap.

This begs the question: Will our selectors and cricket board ask the hard questions and find the right answers?

Here are two samples: What is India’s record in Tests since Duncan Fletcher took over as coach? How long can iconic players remain in the team purely on the basis of past achievements?

Millions of cricket-crazy Indians need to know. Otherwise, things will get even worse. And our players will continue to be in denial.

 

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