I think 3 or 4 players will be axed, says Gavaskar

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Published: Friday, January 27, 2012, 17:45 [IST]
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Some seniors may be dropped: Gavaskar

New Delhi, Jan 27: Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar on Friday said at least three or four players may have played their last series and may not be selected for the national team again after suffering humiliating losses this tour Down Under.

India stare at their second successive Test series whitewash with another huge defeats on cards in the fourth and final Test in adelaide and Gavaskar feels it is the right time for players like Virat Kohli to be handed more responsibility.

"I think at least three or four players might have played probably their last Test in Australia. I am saying this because India's next Test is six-eight months away. Now the selectors should pick youngsters who would serve the country in the years down the line," Gavaskar said.

Gavaskar refused to name the players who could possibly replace the seniors.

"That's selectors' job, not mine," said Gavaskar.

A furious Gavaskar also took a dig at India's batting performance Down Under.

When asked if he recalls any similar performance by Indian batsmen being under pressure by a slow bowler as has been done by Australian off-spinner Nathan Lyon, Gavaskar said, "Indian batsmen got bogged under pressure. There's some sort of defeatist attitude hanging around, even the most experienced players have been affected by it."

"There was an air of resignation. There was nothing like let's fight back, get down to doing something. That's why they are on the verge of their eight successive Test defeat overseas," he told NDTV.

Impressed by Kohli's century, Gavaskar said he should have been promoted to number three.

"Yes, he should have been promoted to number three. That opportunity has been missed. That (number three) is going to be his number in the years to come and he should have been given that number three slot in Adelaide," said Gavaskar.

"Virat scored a hundred in Australia, the lone player to do so. May be his confidence could have stemmed the rot and might have protected the senior players who have been sorely out of form. They (seniors) could have been protected by him (Virat) and who knows the senior players would have done better in the last couple of days in Adelaide," he said.

"India missed out on the chance to experiment with Kohli. The same thing happened in the West Indies and England. With some extra zip, India could have won the series in the West Indies 3-0. In England, they were flat-footed not only on the field but also in their thinking.


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