Hard to understand team's 'psyche': Gavaskar

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Published: Saturday, March 3, 2012, 9:28 [IST]
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'Hard to understand team's psyche'

New Delhi, Mar 3: Former Captain Sunil Gavaskar slams Indian team's performance after the conclusion of yet another disastrous tour of Australia which completed two whitewashes in the span of 10 months, and also said it is hard to understand the 'psyche' of Mahendra Singh Dhoni's men.

"When they get through an achievement like a fifty, hundred or a wicket they snarl, snap and swear but when they drop a catch, they smile... it should be the other way round. It's very hard to understand the psyche of the Indian cricket team," said Gavaskar.

Sri Lanka put up a great fight in their do-or-die encounter to make it to the finals by winning by nine runs against Australia as Team India's dreams of qualifying for the finals were shattered after a Lankan win at Melbourne.

Having witnessed successive whitewashes, Team India did not perform well in the Tri-series as well. Gavaskar has come down heavily on Team's India's attitude as he says its hard to understand the 'psyche' of the Indian cricket team which doesn't seem to be hurt enough after humiliating losses at the hands of Australia.

"There were occasions when it looked like they were not hurt enough. There were a few examples...Ishant Sharma dropped a catch of Michael Clarke off his own bowling and what do you think the reaction was...he was smiling...you don't smile when you drop a catch and Clarke went on to score a triple hundred," he said.

"Umesh Yadav squandered a sharp caught-and-bowled chance in the last Test and the Australian player went on to score a hundred...what was Umesh's reaction...he was smiling. I just don't understand the logic behind smiling. I mean when you smile everybody smiles with you...that was something which was hard to understand.

"The anger, that pent-up frustration from inside...that was missing. I don't think that's the way you want to set an example for young kids watching all the action that whenever you score a hundred, you should be swearing and if you take a wicket you should be abusing. I don't understand it," Gavaskar told 'NDTV'.

Though India played well in a few matches in the tri-series, the repercussions will last for a long time as they have lost 8 Tests overseas which shows how India fare overseas.

"It (repercussion) will be, it actually is going to be long lasting. But if you go by the team selected for the Asia Cup, it does not look like an immediate one. Sometimes you don't want knee-jerk reactions.

"But who knows by the time September comes in when India have an international assignment. You could be in for some changes. May be after the Indian Premier League...in the month from June to September when everybody can sit together and look at what is best for the Indian cricket. That's probably the time when you will find a few more changes," he said.

The former captain has said, India lost a golden opportunity of registering their first series win in Australia as they had a very good chance, as the hosts were struggling to find form, prior to the Test series against India, but Dhoni's men let it slip away.

"This was India's best chance to try and win a series in Australia. Australia were ruffled, they had been dismissed for 47 in South Africa a month earlier. Then, just 10 days before the start of the first Test against India, they lost to New Zealand.

"So they were in disarray...their top batsmen were not in form and there were question marks against Ponting and Hussey and even Clarke's captaincy. So they were under a lot of pressure from their fans and media. So this was India's best opportunity.

"We had the chance from the first Test in Melbourne itself. You allowed it to slip away. From there on, India were just not able to claw their way back into the series. Australians were tenacious, they hanged in there, they did not give up, that's what India found just a mountain too big to climb for them," he said.


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