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Gavaskar says abysmal work ethic let team down

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The Indian cricket team’s run of poor form has prompted former captain Sunil Gavaskar to come down heavily on the beleaguered players, questioning their “abysmal work ethic” following the side’s defeat to Pakistan in the ongoing Asia Cup.

“India’s work ethic has been pretty abysmal. It has let the team down. They have not practised well and there can nothing be something like optional practice. There was no excuse for anyone apart from Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli to miss practice,” Gavaskar told NDTV.

“India threw away a couple of wickets unnecessarily and every time Pakistan has been asked to chase 250 recently, they have failed. So, we were a few runs short,” said the former skipper.

Gavaskar, however, defended skipper Kohli and said that he has shown promise.

“For somebody who is captaining for the first time in a major tournament, Kohli has done well and shown promise. Losses to both Sri Lanka and Pakistan were suffered in the last over,” he pointed out.

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from:  Asoka
Posted on: Mar 4, 2014 at 08:51 IST

Mr Gavaskar has correctly zeroed in on the bane of Indian Cricket. He
might also have added that the Management of Cricket is plagued by the
same problem. The vast amounts of money & the IPL has only further
complicated matters. Our performance to date in the Asia cup
batting,bowling and fielding has been third rate. Though some credit
must be given to Mishra & Ashwin in the recently concluded game
against Pakistan. The repeated failure of our opening & middle order
batting is inexplicable. The wicket in Bangla Desh is similar to our
home wickets. There should be no reason for this inept batting. We are
surely amongst the worst fielders in International cricket. There
seems to be a sense of lethargy on the field. It is most disheartening
to see players bumping into each other going for a catch. Such then is
the penurious condition of Indian Cricket. Who may I ask is
accountable for the present condition of Indian Cricket ? Can
he/they/it ?? raise their hands ?

from:  Abraham Srinivasan
Posted on: Mar 3, 2014 at 23:26 IST

Virat kohli did lot better than dhoni as captain.

from:  Karan
Posted on: Mar 3, 2014 at 22:37 IST

No doubt MSD is better then any available candidate of captaincy, He is a player no one can deny, aggression is something different, one must be good player first, i can understand if Pakistan lost yesterday the reaction of people/media, during match our road were empty, everyone watching match, no one wants to see defeat, actually this pressure always in the mind of players, the know better than us. few words for Shahid Khan Afradi, he is un-matchable, he is hero, we may lose or win Asia cup, no matter the match we won against India is important.
better luck next time.

from:  Abdul Waheed
Posted on: Mar 3, 2014 at 21:58 IST

Gavaskar is an arm-chair critic now. He can say anything. The fact of
the matter is Virat Kohli has proved that an aggressive batsman need not
necessarily be an aggressive and successful captain. Aggressiveness is
positive attitude coupled with concrete actions on the field. Mahendra
Singh Dhoni is more aggressive than Virat Kohli in this parameter of
captaincy.

from:  S.Ramakrishnasayee
Posted on: Mar 3, 2014 at 17:13 IST
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