• I get the impression that Dhoni's tired: Gilchrist

    Dhoni looks fatigued and needs to get away, freshen up and be back as the leader and inspiration he's been, feels Adam Gilchrist.

    Adam Gilchrist

    Adam Gilchrist, who needs no introduction, spoke to The Telegraph at the Adelaide Oval. Gilchrist, incidentally, is chairman of the National Australia Day Council. He'd been appointed by the previous Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd, and asked to continue by Julia Gillard.

    The following are excerpts

    You must be surprised at India's performance...

    It has surprised everyone and frustrated a lot of people, none the least the players themselves. There were high expectations and fans were within their rights to expect a hard-fought series. That didn't happen.

    So, where should the focus of the average cricket lover be?

    Our bowling attack... They've done a terrific job and deserve all the credit... The bowling unit worked well together and allowed (captain) Michael Clarke to ‘manipulate' games.

    Besides the bowling unit, what made it 4-0 for Australia?

    Clarke's leadership...The season began with a 1-1 draw in South Africa and 1-1 against New Zealand at home... It was a delicate time, but he took the

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  • India need a vision, a goal: Wasim Akram

    The Pakistan great speaks of what India did wrong and Australia did right.

    "When the things aren’t going your way, you need to be proactive, need to show emotion"Former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram, one of the all-time great fast bowlers, spoke to The Telegraph on Saturday morning. The following are excerpts.

    Coming from the subcontinent, what’s your reaction to India being wiped out?

    I’ve been saddened... Dukh hua hai... The players are my friends and I have ties with cricket in India... It hurts... There’s no shame in losing after fighting it out, but only the final Test went into the fifth day, while the third finished in two-and-a-half days... Perth was shocking.

    What are the reasons for India doing so badly?

    For one, the seniors neither led from the front with bat or ball nor did they project a good body language. When the team isn’t doing well, then the youngsters or the less experienced players look up to the seniors... They take a cue from them... I didn’t find the seniors trying to help out the youngsters, like Umesh Yadav... The impression I got is that the seniors played for themselves, not the team.

    Won’t you blame Mahendra Singh Dhoni,

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  • I see Kohli as a future captain of India: Shastri

    Shastri stated Kohli should now tell himself that he has the ability to become one of the best in the world.

    Kohli gestures after being dismissed on day 3 of the fourth Test match at the Adelaide Oval. (TONY ASHBY/AFP/Getty Images)


    Adelaide (The Telegraph):
    Former India captain and cricket manager Ravi Shastri spoke to The Telegraph on Friday morning.

    The following are excerpts:

    Q Did you expect India’s first (and possibly only) hundred of the Test series to come in the penultimate innings and for Virat Kohli to be the scorer?

    A It wasn’t beyond Virat to be the first to do so, but I certainly didn’t expect it to come so late.

    Your take on Virat’s 116, on Thursday...

    A terrific innings... I’d told you after the Perth Test that his performance there (44,75) would be the turning point of his career... I’ve been proved right.

    Virat had been under pressure after the first two Tests, so all the more credit to him?

    He’s only 23, so what pressure? Even if he’d missed out on a few matches, so what? He’s got the benefit of age and should play for a number of years.

    What stands out in Virat’s game?

    Virat’s passionate and he’s got that hunger... He has that want to succeed... He wants to compete against the best and to do well

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