Pressure mounts on India's 'Big 3' after Test rout

Written by: Shuchi Sridhar
Published: Monday, January 30, 2012, 14:01 [IST]
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India's 'Big Three' feeling the heat

India's ageing cricketers face the heat after another humiliating 4-0 whitewash at the hands of Australia, registering a historic low, which has raised many eyebrows and urging them to make way for the younger brigade.

A football scoreline 4-0, was repeated yet again in Australia after a disastrous tour of England nine months ago. India also registered their eighth successive loss on foreign soil, witnessed a whitewash after 1999-2000 against Australia during Sachin Tendulkar's captaincy.

Cricketing fraternity has pointed fingers on the under-performing seniors, best players of the era, for not taking enough responsibilities and are blamed for the humiliation in Australia.

Tendulkar being the highest run scorer among the 'Big Three' with 287 runs off 8 innings, at an average of 35.87, with a highest score of 80 in the series. The master blaster who was chasing his elusive 100th international ton, couldn't achieve the historic feat, rather was dismissed cheaply most of the times, having played poor shots.

Rather it was the same with 'The Wall' Rahul Dravid, Aussies having studied his weakness, bowled at the right areas, to rattle the stumps and infuse cracks in the Wall as he was bowled seven times in the series, which is unusual as he has been bowled 55 times in Test cricket so far.

He scored 194 runs off four Tests, with a poor average of 24.25 which included only one half century.

The worst part was Laxman's form. The man considered to be very dangerous against his favourite opponents, Aussies failed as he looked awfully out of touch as he scored just 155 runs in 8 innings at an average of 19.37 with just one fifty to cherish during his last tour Down Under.

Though Team India have ample time to think about the Test combination, as they play their next series in September 2012, time has come for Laxman atleast to call quits, as he has looked out of touch throughout the series, while he has not been that productive in the recent past.

With this, BCCI would definitely think about grooming youngsters like Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Suresh Raina, Ajinkya Rahane, Wriddhiman Saha and others for the future though the 'Big Three' have enough time to think about retirement. But it is wise to make way for the young brigade soon.


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