New Delhi, Jan 11: Former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly fears India may have lost the ability to win away from home as the team has struggled on its current tour of Australia, losing its sixth straight Test away from home.
"It's not the loss but the manner in which they have been outplayed that will be of concern," Ganguly wrote in his column in the newspaper on Wednesday. "Indian cricket has taken a lot of pride in its performance overseas in the last 10 years, but the fear I have now is, have we taken a huge step backward?"
India trail 0-2 in its four-Test series against the Aussies after losing the first Test in Melbourne by 122 runs and then losing by an innings and 68 runs in Sydney.
India also faced a humiliating 4-0 loss in a Test series in England last year, also losing the top world ranking to England.
The third Test against Australia starts Friday, January 13 in Perth. The final Test will be in Adelaide from January 24-28.
Ganguly, who took over as captain in 2000 helped India shed its reputation as a poor away team, said the recent losses were due to poor batting and bowling performances, as well as a failure to seize key moments.
He also said the opening pair of Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir had failed to deliver in Tests overseas.
"Winning cricket matches is about seizing the moment and that did not happen. Indian batting has been rated very highly for the last 10 years, but somewhere in the last few Tests, they have found themselves in difficult positions," the 39-year-old Ganguly wrote.