Former Indian coach Madan Lal has accused the national cricket team of becoming too scared of losing after the first three tests in the current series against the West Indies ended in draws.
India were expected to win their first Test series outside the Sub-continent since 1986 against a team who have beaten only Zimbabwe and Bangladesh in their last 10 series. The fourth and final Test starts in Kingston, Jamaica, on Friday.
â€œWe should play more positive cricket,â€ Lal said on Wednesday. â€œI believe we are playing a lot of negative cricket.â€
Lal, a member of Indiaâ€™s 1983 World Cup winning side, said the West Indiesâ€™ captain Brian Lara was happy to avoid defeat. â€œLara has got the results he has wanted,â€ he said. â€œHe doesnâ€™t want to lose and in that sense he is winning.â€
Lal joined former skipper Sunil Gavaskar in calling for India to field five bowlers. All-rounder Irfan Pathan and off-spinner Harbhajan Singh have played only test so far.
In his newspaper column after the second Test, Gavaskar speculated that Harbhajanâ€™s omission could be for reasons other than cricket. â€œBy picking a raw, inexperienced new-ball attack, with all of them bowling pretty much the same way, there was no variety in the attack,â€ Gavaskar wrote.
â€œThis is Indiaâ€™s best chance to win a Test series in the West Indies after 1971. But to do that, they have to pick guys who can take 20 wickets, even if they donâ€™t always say politically correct things,â€ Gavaskar added.
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