Indias downfall in cricketTo save the fourth Test, and consequently a series whitewash, Team India doesn't need change, but commitment, says Bikash Mohapatra.
The great Indian cricket dream is over. One that witnessed the national team achieve, among other things, the No.1 ranking in Tests, a first series whitewash over Australia, a significant draw away in South Africa and, most importantly, a first World Cup triumph since 1983.
It was in the final stage of this dream that a second string Indian side won an ODI and Test series in the West Indies recently.
However, the ongoing tour of England hasn't been anything short of a nightmare.
Beginning from the first practice game against Somerset (at Taunton), the visitors have gone from bad to worse each passing game.The margin of defeat in each of the three Tests is self-explanatory. While India lost by 196 runs in the opening Test at Lord's, the margin in the second Test (in Trent Bridge) was worse -- 319 runs!
Then, there was Edgbaston. A resounding innings and 242 run pounding that not only ensured a humiliating series loss for the visitors but also cost them the top ranking.
Complacency is a curse!
It is also something the thrashing Team India has received on its tour of England can be attributed to.
How else can you explain a much-talked about batting line-up failing to score beyond 300 in the six innings played?
What made all the big names perform below expectations at the same time? Why were many of the not-so-fit players selected in the first place?
Many such questions find an answer in the one word mentioned above: complacency.