Bangalore, Aug 16: The absence of adequate preparation to adapt to the peculiarity of strips overseas is thrown up as a convenient excuse for a visiting Indian side's mediocre performances. But soil can be imported just as any other commodity these days and challenging Indian wickets can certainly come into vogue.
There have been a few endeavours in recent times to manufacture bounce-and-seam pitches for Indian batsmen, but not nearly enough. Furthermore, with the IPL holding sway, the Indian batters' exposure to playing English county cricket has been on the wane.
Finally, a serious malaise of the Indian psyche is that more often than not when the team is facing a tense situation, they fall over each other like a house of cards. Few demonstrate the gumption and counter-attacking mentality to weather the storm.
The pressure for the individual to extricate his side from a predicament is augmented by an inherently selfish desire for achieving personal glory. As a result, they can not focus on the task at hand.
Indian captain M S Dhoni should not be blighted with blame alone. Granted, it is his task to mould the team into a potent, co-ordinated force and he has succeeded numerous times in the past. But now India's old, defencive, individualistic ways have resurfaced and Team India had best take note of these scourges and quell them to reclaim their place as world-beater.