The live coverage of the match on television told the obvious tale. India a pool of talented cricketers - and record holders - hasn't been able to break the overseas jinx of winning a Test series or should we rather say playing the five full days of a Test match.
The previous Board of Control for Cricket in India regime headed by A C Muthiah had perceived the ills of Indian cricket as due to lack of professional coaching. After much debate and discussion, John Wright, one of the successful player turned coaches was handed over the job.
The other candidates in the fray were Australians Geoff Marsh - now Zimbabwe coach and Greg Chappell. Apart from the monetary considerations, John Wright it is understood got the nod as the senior players from Indian team also preferred him. Wright had the reputation of turning the fortunes of English county team Kent.
It has been over a year since Wright took over the reins and he is not been able to reign in the players to gel as a team. What then ails Indian cricket and its players, especially when they play on foreign soil? Can anybody suggest some answers?
The Indians as perceived in the first Test against South Africa totally lacked commitment, be it batting, bowling or fielding. For how long are the Indian fans going to live on eternal hope, is indeed a moot point.
The Indians were aware that the pitches in South Africa would be bouncy and fast. The Indians were aware that the South Africans had a battery of fast bowlers - even if 'White Lightning' Allan Donald was down with an injury. And yet they failed to do their home work.
Apart from Sachin's flash of brilliance and Virender Sehwag's debut century, both in the first innings, the Indians had nothing to show in the Test in which they meekly surrendered within four days. The Indians after their down-up-down performance in the One-day triangular series (also involving Kenya) were opened up and exposed threadbare.
With two Tests to go, can coach John Wright at least work out the right formula to save the Indian blushes? Can the Indians at least salvage some pride of a drawn series if not a Test series win abroad, which at this point of time is like asking for the moon?
Jagmohan Dalmiya on taking over as the BCCI president proclaimed 'accountability' to be the new mantra of the Board. Yes Mr Dalmiya will anybody be held accountable for India's continued woebegone show or are your words going to be mere rhetoric?
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