The truth is clear – India’s dominance in test cricket has come to an abrupt halt. India’s abysmal performance has continued as it stares at a 4th straight loss. The result seems clear well ahead of the 4th day itself. India has lost 5 wickets already for a meager 103 in reply to England’s mammoth 591.
Everything is going wrong for the Indians at the moment – Toothless bowling attack, batting foes and what not? Clueless, the Indians are reeling to the mighty Englishmen. A humiliating series is all that it has proved to be for the Indians and they would definitely want to forget it for the rest of their lives.
We see changes coming. Clearly, India needs metamorphosis. The clear failure of Duncan Fletcher as a coach despite knowing a lot about the Englishmen is clearly going to be looked into. His future as India’s coach seems to be close to an end.
The decisions of the selectors and the BCCI are far too hasty to be accepted. The selection of Duncan Fletcher is one such example. People just turned on their TV sets, and it was there all over the news – Duncan Fletcher is India’s coach. Their failure to find young players to replace injured ones is a problem indeed.
Another change the Indians require is in their playing style. To be on top, one has to outplay the opponents in every situation possible. It is the reason why the Aussies were dominating world cricket for decades. They could manage spin and they were really good on bouncy and fast pitches. Bowling pitches were managed by the bowlers – they would run through their opposition and the batsmen would have simpler tasks to do. In good batting conditions, the roles would be reversed with the batsmen making merry.
It’s high time the Indians learn this technique. All they are managing to do is failing as a unit. But things are not as bad as they seem. If there is one team that can bounce back, it’s India. But issues run deeper. Players need to get acquainted with face paced tracks. A feeling of confidence and might must surround them. This is a situation that can be dealt with only as a team. The captain, coach and the senior players must identify the flaws in the team and strive to rectify it.
It’s stark now that the current techniques are not working. What we desperately need now is obvious – Metamorphosis.