India, Dec. 27 -- Right through the England series, MS Dhoni blamed transition for the poor results. For a team whose stalwarts were at the fag end of their careers, that was always on the cards. The year was witness to Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman and Sachin Tendulkar - from ODIs - calling it quits. Ideally, young players should have been ready to take over, but that didn't happen.
And India crashing to a series defeat at home has only raised concerns.
Former captain Ajit Wadekar believes Indian cricket does not translate knowledge into action till the team is pushed to the brink. "We sit back and wait for things to happen before we take corrective measures," he told HT. Former left-arm spinner Venkatpathy Raju is baffled. "Why wait for people to retire before scouting talent?"
Ex-chief selector, Dilip Vengsarkar said, "Runs are being scored and wickets are being taken in Ranji, but results are not being achieved at the top." With a home series against Australia approaching and a South Africa tour late in the year, India have their task cut out. "We will struggle, there isn't enough experience," said Vengsarkar. "It's bound to happen. The selectors should have readied one or two youngsters."
Wadekar blames lack of planning
"In Australia, they tell them, be it Waugh or Ponting, 'this is your last series'. Indian selectors need to be bold enough and talk to players."
Published by HT Syndication with permission from Hindustan Times.