Former players criticise India's poor show, call for changes

Dec 09 2012, 14:09 IST
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Former players criticise India's poor show, call for changes. (Reuters) Former players criticise India's poor show, call for changes. (Reuters)
Summary'Definitely Dhoni is confused. He does not know what to do and when things go out of control he just lets them drift away'

changes like inclusion of Manoj Tiwary (Bengal captain). Unfortunately Umesh Yadav does not seem to be fit. Either England will win 3-1 or 2-1. It's very difficult for India to come back in the series," he said.

Former India team manager also criticised captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni for not using the part time bowlers enough even when the rivals were scoring big.

"Why did he not use part time bowlers like Virender Sehwag, Yuvraj (Singh) even when they were scoring 500 run? Only two bowlers were used mostly," he said.

Vengsarkar, meanwhile, was full of admiration for visiting team skipper Alastair Cook for the way he had performed.

"Cook has been outstanding and has been leading from the front," the 56-year-old former stylish middle order batsman said.

The left handed Cook has been in tremendous touch with the bat, having amassed 548 runs in the three Tests including centuries in each of the three games so far for a stupendous average of 109.6.

Asked what is the step forward for India now, Vengsakar said, "We have to raise the bar. We have to score runs, someone should dig in there and play an exceptional innings and have big partnerships to put England under pressure.

"But they (England) are high on confidence," he added.

"India's body language is just not good. I don't think they can win in Nagpur unless they show remarkable improvement," Boycott added.

Forner captain Mohammed Azharudding said,"It was a disappointing performance and it was time for youngsters to get a chance."

Former coach Ajit Wadekar said the Indians seemed over-confident.

"Indians' body language showed they were complacent while England had come well-prepared. They spent time in Dubai and Sri Lanka before coming here and were determined to do well. Our middle order failed miserably and their spinners Monty

Panesar and Graeme Swann bowled much better than ours," he declared.

"(Ravichandran) Ashwin seems to be a better batsman than a bowler and could be promoted up the batting order," he quipped.

Raja Venkat, who was a national selector till two months back, feels that the quality of England team attack has made the difference.

"Graeme Swann and Monty Panesar have bowled much much better than Ravichandran Ashwin and Pragyan Ojha. you need to understand that if you are clamouring for turning tracks then you are making it easier for the English spinners simply because they are far superior than our Indian counterparts.

"Let's be honest, Swann is the best off-spinner in the world,

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