England tour of India - Cricket: Indians rarely play as a team: Boycott

Published: Friday, February 22, 2002, 23:53 [IST]
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Kolkata: Former England opener Geoffrey Boycott believes Indians rarely play as a team and cites it as a reason why the country falters on so many occasions despite having the best of individual talents."How can such an impressive galaxy of individual talent produce so little as a team? It's such a shame. No other team in the game's history has under-achieved quite as much as the Indians since making their debut in 1932," Boycott wrote in a forward to a book on Indian skipper Saurav Ganguly."The truth is Indians have rarely played as a team. A commentary on Indian cricket would be like a story repeated again and again. It is a story of familiar failings and tragic endings that points to a depressing scenario," he said.In a forward to another book on Ganguly, Boycott expressed the opinion that the Indian skipper's poor run with the bat was continuing for a rather long stretch and he felt a few minor faults had crept into his technique.The two books on Ganguly 'Sauraver Dal' and 'Naram Saurav, Garam Sourav', written by Debasish Dutta, have been released in the ongoing Kolkata Book Fair. PTI


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