Stunned by India's Test slump abroad after the 0-4 rout in the series against Australia, former stalwarts today blamed it on the star-studded batting line-up's flopshow, saying heads have to roll following a second successive whitewash overseas.
Embattled Rahul Dravid on Saturday made it clear that he has not taken any decision on retirement from international cricket but admitted that his glorious career was "definitely nearer the end than the beginning".
The last rites of its 0-4 Australian series rout completed, a decimated Team India was in denial Saturday as both the management and stand-in skipper Virender Sehwag backed the veterans and rejected reports that Rahul Dravid’s retirement was imminent.
Pressure is mounting on India's ageing Test batsmen to make way for fresh talent after the team sunk to the "lowest of lows" in Australia where they suffered a humiliating 4-0 series whitewash.
The Australian media slammed the Indian cricket team for its "disgraceful lack of fight" in the 4-0 Test series whitewash and made mocking comparison of the gait of the visiting batting greats returning to the dressing room to "flag at half-mast".
Hours after India lost the fourth Test, dark clouds ominously hung over the Adelaide sky. Darker clouds now float over Indian team. Many, the cricketers and BCCI included, thought the debacle in England was a mere aberration, but this series proved something to the contrary. Rohit Bhaskar
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| HT's Mantra to regain glory
Australia have dropped struggling top order batsman Shaun Marsh and rested wicketkeeper Brad Haddin for the first three matches of the one-day Tri-series against India and Sri Lanka, which starts next week.
Desperate to redeem pride in shorter formats after being embarrassed in the Test series, the Indian cricket team was today left frustrated by wet practice pitches at the ANZ Stadium -- the venue of its first Twenty20 match against Australia on Wednesday.
Australian wicketkeeper Brad Haddin said today he has been dropped, not rested, from the one-day squad to face India and Sri Lanka and conceded it will be tough for him to win back his place.
Pakistan cricket legend Imran Khan has blamed the lucrative T20 Indian Premier League for India's recent dismal Test showing, saying the focus should be on the game's longer format.
Their reputation bruised and battered after the humiliating loss in the Test series, India will be desperate to turn their fortunes around and restore some pride in the limited overs matches, starting with the first T20 against Australia here on Sunday. Teams | They say