Thatscricket - News - Indians got complacent: Wadekar

Published: Monday, August 6, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
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Pune: 'We are not amused' is a phrase that would aptly define the cricketing world's reaction to the Indian team's rout while facing Sri Lanka in Sunday's final of the triangular series.Veterans were definitely unimpressed. Former India skipper Ajit Wadekar felt that the Indians got complacent after three victories on the trot and that did them in the final.Dilip Sardesai said that it had nothing do with the pressure of playing in the final. The target was the key issue and we played too many shots. The pressure of the target got us in the end, he added. Former Mumbai spinner Padmakar Shivalkar, who was unlucky not to represent the country, said the think-tank made a horrible mistake by not including Rahul Sanghvi. He should have played to provide support for Harbhajan Singh, Shivalkar added. Chandu Borde, the chairman of the National Selection Committee of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), however, expressed surprise over the 121-run defeat and said there was no room for excuses.The 55-Test veteran told UNI that losing eight finals in a row was a mystery for a team full of promise. ''Some factors come to my mind firstly the humidity which must have drained the team out,'' Borde said. The other factor was that the team caved in without any resistance after suffering the run out of opener Virendra Shewag. The team was in Sri Lanka for over a month now and should have got acclimatised.He lauded the efforts of the Sri Lankans who did their homework well and piled up a sizeable total that made all the difference.UNI


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