Mumbai, Aug 14: Many might view Indian captain M S Dhoni's defence of his team as being overplayed in the last few months, as too simplistic an excuse for the side's deplorable performance in the ongoing Test series in England. But there is certainly a lot of truth in the skipper's claims.
With the 6 week long World Cup 2011- the pinnacle of the 50-over game - followed by two months of intense and grueling Twenty20, which in turn led into a packed schedule of overseas Tests, the maverick Indian cricketer is bound to suffer from an identity crisis. Is he geared to play one-day, t20 or Tests?
What augments the confusion for the elite few players who are subjected to all three formats of the game in less than half a year, is that they can't decide where their forte, much less their interests, lie and consequently are at a loss to psych themselves up mentaly for the sharp transitions.
With the 5-day Test match considered the purest and ultimate challenge, many top players, not least of all Sachin Tendulkar, have found themselves in a sort of a cricketer's limbo. The Test format which is the most mentally and physically trying version of the game, requires the utmost in a cricketer's concentration and application.
But India's three Test matches against England this summer have exposed an utter failure of the Indian cricketer to break back into a Test mentality. There doesn't seem to be the patience, fortitude, temperament or even the technique to play out hours and hours of bowling or batting. The propensity to make an instant mark without backing it up with adequate ground-work has grossly obfuscated India's psyche.
The end result has been a complete sham of a Test contest, where prized, much-vaunted and capable Indian batsmen are perishing like flies while the bowlers simply go through the motions of a function bereft of any strategy or plan.
India has lot of adapting, reflecting and acclimatising to do before they take to the cricket stage again...hopefully as side that can prove its mettle as a world-beater... or else the BCCI goose will be cooked.