Team India has become 'casual' after WC win: Sunny

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Published: Saturday, December 15, 2012, 8:38 [IST]
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Nagpur, Dec 15: Former India skipper Sunil Gavaskar feels Indian cricketers' attitude has become 'casual' especially after the World Cup triumph in 2011 following 10 Test defeats including two at home against England.

Talking to an English news channel NDTV on Friday, after India's yet anohter dismal performance against England at Nagpur, Gavaskar criticized MS Dhoni's men for their casual attitude.


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"After the success of 2011 World Cup, the attitude of some of the players became too casual. They started behaving as if the nation owes it to them for winning World Cup which is less than acceptable," Gavaskar told NDTV.

Gavaskar also agreed to Dhoni's views on the coach, but felt Fletcher could also face the axe for India's dismal show.

"I support Dhoni when he says that the coach can't get out there and score the runs. But yes, I would look if the attitude is too lacklustre or lackadaisical. In EPL or in La Liga, if a team continues to lose then the coach or the manager gets the boot," Gavaskar said.

Gavaskar was critical about Team India's performance in the fouth Test against England at Nagpur. According to him, though India made a few changes later in the series, it was good for the team.

"I think so. Dhoni knows that they have to be pro-active. I believe that things are changing but I hope it's not too late."

The former India skipper, who represented India in 125 Tests and 108 ODIs also questioned Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar's dismissal in the first innings of the fourth Test.

Gavaskar was worried about the way Sachin Tendulkar got out on Friday, as James Anderson's slow delivery rattled the stumps. Bowled again, which was a serious issue.

Talking about the wicket and the way Indian batsmen performed, Gavaskar siad

"What about Sehwag's dismissal? Look at their newcomer. He formed parnerships with Prior and Swann. If you ask me, this is not a difficult wicket to bat on but certainly difficult to score. The ball is not doing anything out of the ordinary and you can stay on this track."

"But since it's not coming onto the bat and boundaries are big, you have to score in ones and twos. The problem with India is not being able to put up too many partnerships," Gavaskar said.


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