'Age affects reflexes & players must realise it’

Chennai, (Mail Today): Taking a veiled dig at the ageing senior players, former Test batsman CD Gopinath says that the senior players in the team have a lot to ponder after the 10 defeats in Tests in last year and a half.

“Some of our senior cricketers will have to think [ about their future with the Indian team]; they are going downhill. You can’t bat and do the same thing 32 what you did at 23 or 24,” Gopinath told Mail Today in an interview.

“We’ve got the Gavaskars and the Tendulkars, but even great players get old and also slower. Their reflexes become slow. Their names are great because of what they have done in the past. So they continue to play. But their performances have gone down,” said Gopinath, who played eight Tests between 1951 and 1960 and toured England and Pakistan.

Sachin Tendulkar, who is having a poor run lately, retired recently from ODIs after people had started questioning his place in the team.

Gopinath, the 82- year- old right- handed batsman, felt that England deserved to win the recent Test series at home because they fared better in all three departments.

“I reckon that the opposition played better than us. The England series at home is a typical example. They were better than us. And we must accept that fact.” India lost both four- Test away series to England and Australia in 2011- 12 and then went down 1- 2 in the home series to England.”

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