Team India's attitude not good, blasts Gavaskar

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Updated: Thursday, December 13, 2012, 10:37 [IST]
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New Delhi, Dec 10: Former India skipper Sunil Gavaskar blasted Team India players for their attitude, as they played football after losing the Eden Test to England by 7 wickets.

Having lost their second consecutive match, Gavaskar expected the players to atleast feel sad about the loss, showing no signs of being hurt after two humiliating losses.

Gavaskar blasts Team India's attitude

Gavaskar also felt that selectors should have spoken to the players after they lost to England.

"I think a good idea would have been if chairman of selection committee (Sandip Patil) would have gone to the dressing room and spoken with the players who haven't played some good shots to get out. Also with the bowlers. The defeat should hurt them. But sadly, I saw some of the players joking around and playing football as if nothing has happened. That's not a good attitude."

Talking to NDTV about India's coach Duncan Fletcher, Gavaskar said "I am not talking about stance and technique. I think (speaking about coach Duncan Fletcher) if you are not going to be able to have the players report three-four-five days before, then I am sure you are not able to have control over the players."

"I have been a former cricketer and when I see the kind of approach the players have had over the last one year, I get a little bit disappointed."

Gavaskar was critical about the team's attitude on Sunday especially after a couple of them were joking around and playing football after the loss.

"Look, talent-wise this team has got everything but for that talent to flower, the approach has to be right, the attitude has to be right."

"Even last year, against the West Indies, India were in a winning position on the last day. (But) The players turned up at the ground barely 30 minutes before the first ball was bowled. They might have been in the dressing room but that is the attitude that they do not want to come out and do the drills that will enhance their skill-sets," the former Indian captain told NDTV.

Team India played defensively since they weren't well prepared, according to Gavaskar.

"Well, they have got nothing to talk about their performances (and) so, naturally they are going to be defensive. When India won in Ahmedabad, everybody thought it would be a one-sided tournament. But the England batsmen worked very very hard. There were lessons to be learnt but I do not think too many Indians did that," Gavaskar added.


Story first published:  Monday, December 10, 2012, 14:53 [IST]
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