England tour of India - Cricket: Indian media shows disgust at ODI defeat
Published: Friday, February 22, 2002, 23:53 [IST]
Copyright AFP 2001
Mumbai: The Indian media on Monday came down heavily on Indias performance in the final One-dayer at Mumbai with leading dailies expressing their disgust. "Final act, choking scene: India's storyline remains unchanged," screamed an Indian Express headline on the sports page. "If ever there is an advertisement for self-destruction, the Indian cricket team would be an ideal role model," the paper said."For the fourth time in this Limited Overs series, the middle-order caved in to the pressure tactics of field marshal Nasser Hussain, resulting in a shot-in-the-arm series leveller for the visitors.""Saurav Ganguly's best effort in a crunch match was not enough to win the sixth and final One-day International," said the Hindu. The Indian skipper raised visions of a win with a well-paced 80, his highest score in six matches against England, only to see his team squander the advantage."He (Ganguly) made his bat talk, but it was England captain Nasser Hussain who had the last laugh," the paper said."Indian run-chase falls flat once again," said the Hindustan Times. "Ganguly's knock put India firmly on the road to victory, but the hosts scripted the familiar tale of snatching defeat from a winning position to allow England to level the One-day series," the paper said.Meanwhile, India cricket captain Saurav Ganguly had some gracious praise for England cricketers for staging a remarkable fight-back to end their six-match series of One-day Internationals all square at three apiece. Nasser Hussain's Englishmen trailed 1-3 before levelling the series 3-3 with victories in the last two close matches."England showed a lot of character and fought very well to come back into the series and level it," said Ganguly.Ganguly said inexperience of the middle-order batsmen was one of the reasons for his team's two close defeats."Inexperience of batsmen such as Kaif, Badani, Mongia and Sehwag showed at crucial moments," he said. "We still have to learn handling the pressure. We need players who can perform well under pressure."