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Legendary India batsman Sunil Gavaskar has announced that “some firm decisions have to be taken” after the national team crashed and burned to a 3-1 defeat in the recently concluded five-Test series against England.
India were skittled out for 94 in their second innings of the fifth Test at The Oval and subsequently suffered their third-largest Test defeat in history as they were pummelled by an innings and 244 runs.
“Even till two days, I was defending the team,” Gavaskar told NDTV. “But you see them today, they have made the same mistakes over and over again. It means the team is not learning. Do they care about it? I don’t know. Most of these players have played in South Africa, New Zealand and England. How much of a rope do you give a young player. I think somewhere down the line some firm decisions have to be taken. I don’t know if they will be taken.
“One of the reasons why Australia have clawed back to the top spot is that they take tough calls and that is the need of the hour for India.”
However, Gavaskar also noted that “nothing is going to change” despite a hat-trick of humiliating and embarrassing Test defeats.
“Nothing is going to change,” he said. “Certainly nothing is going to change till the end of the World Cup. So there really is no point talking about it.”
Gavaskar added that if India win the upcoming ODI series and one-off Twenty20 International against England, then the nightmarish Test series will become a thing of the past.
“If we do well in the one-dayers which follow in a week’s time, the Test series will be forgotten and that is the tragedy of Indian cricket,” he said. “The tragedy of Indian cricket is that a lot of the Test defeats are swept under the carpet. At the end of the day, however well you do in limited overs cricket, it is Test cricket that defines you as a cricketer, defines your place in the history of the game.
“If you are going to have all the Test wins and all the Test losses swept under the carpet, then you are not going to make any progress.”