Over hype lead to Team India~~s downfall: Gordon

Published: Saturday, April 30, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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New Delhi:Sport psychologist Sandy Gordon has attributed India's failure to play up to its potential to the unreasonable burden of expectations.

"The problem is that everyone thinks that this team is better than they actually are. It is not a realistic approach," Gordon told The Indian Express.

"This team has not won anything; for me it is a generation lost. This team cannot sustain pressure, every time they have to go for the kill they fail. They are talented but they aren't so good," he said.

Gordon blamed mental frailty rather than technical glitches for the team's failure and pointed out that lack of work ethic was glaring. "They haven't lost their ability to bat or bowl. The only way to win games is to execute the individual as well and the team game as planned."

Gordon doesn't agree with critics' view that the Ganguly's dreadful run with the willow affected the team's morale. "I think that's an excuse really. Look at the way the Australian team covered up for Mark Taylor when he was out of form. This Indian team has a lot of leaders, it is just a matter of the other players stepping up to the plate."

Gordon has also called for a better support system for John Wright's successor. "John Wright has appealed several times to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for a full time manager since 2002, but it's fallen on deaf ears," he said.

"This team needs a full-time manager who can manage the team and let the coach just work on taking the team to the next level."

Gordon suggested that the best way to motivate the side that suffered a home-series defeat to Australia and was forced to share the Test series with a depleted Pakistan before losing the ODI series was to shut out cricket and relax.

"There could be the temptation to go back to the nets and the gym but I believe that mentally it could harm them," he said.

"They should instead look to ease their way back into the system as the season nears and recharge their batteries."

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