There is little that validates Duncan Fletcher's largely undeserved second term as India's coach. Fletcher's work and India's returns in the last two seasons have been dissected no end - by everybody, apparently, except the men who matter - and indicate utter stasis. From a situation that was to herald a golden age following a fabled World Cup win and the No.1 ranking in Tests, India have lapsed back into their conventional strengths and weaknesses.
Under Fletcher, India have won at home against sub-standard opposition and deflated shamelessly when rivals with a semblance of quality and spine have turned up. Forget about overseas results, the coach's former employers England came from behind to overwhelm the hosts 2-1 late last year.
That was when it was assumed that irrespective of the outcome of the series against Australia, Fletcher would not be granted an extension.
Fletcher to remain India coach for another year
How surprising it is then that the stony face, shaded eyes and Read More »from Time for Fletcher to deliver