Manner of defeats will hurt seniors, says Gavaskar

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Published: Saturday, January 28, 2012, 16:51 [IST]
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'Manner of defeats will hurt seniors'

New Delhi, Jan 28: Former Indian captain Sunil Gavaskar feels that seniors in the side would have been hurt more because of the "manner of defeats" in England and Australia.

"It is the manner of defeat which has been disappointing. Look if the defeat would have been by a narrow margin, you would have felt that India were in the game. But save certain moments at the Lord's, Trent Bridge and Melbourne, India have never been in the game at all. The defeats have been very comprehensive which would certainly hurt the likes of Sachin Tendulkar," Gavaskar said today.

Gavaskar feels that senior players like Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman, Rahul Dravid and Zaheer Khan would have been extremely hurt since they have experienced some enormous "highs" in their career.

"The likes of Sachin, VVS, Rahul, Zak have been around together for 10 years now and have enjoyed a lot of highs. So it would be more difficult for them to go through this phase," Gavaskar told NDTV.

Gavaskar was asked about five corrective measures that can be taken, he said, "I can give you three and other two will fall in place. Bat well, bowl well and field well!"

Gavaskar urged BCCI to prepare sporting pitvhes for domestic matches and also felt international players should play Ranji Trophy.

"I think we need pitches which are a bit more even for bowlers. Look at the Ranji Trophy final. Rajasthan got more than 300 run first innings lead but didnt go for an outright win. They batted again and that is where Indian cricket suffers where matches are decided on basis of first innings," Gavaskar said.


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