ICL: Indian Cricket League

Indian team too frightened of losing



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.

“We should play more positive cricket,” Lal said on Wednesday. “I believe we are playing a lot of negative cricket.”

Lal, a member of India’s 1983 World Cup winning side, said the West Indies’ captain Brian Lara was happy to avoid defeat. “Lara has got the results he has wanted,” he said. “He doesn’t want to lose and in that sense he is winning.”

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 Harbhajan’s omission could be for reasons other than cricket. “By picking a raw, inexperienced new-ball attack, with all of them bowling pretty much the same way, there was no variety in the attack,” Gavaskar wrote.

“This is India’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 don’t always say politically correct things,” Gavaskar added.
Source:The News

More on:, , , ,

Thank you for reading this post. You can now Leave A Comment (0) or Leave A Trackback.

Post Info

This entry was posted on Thursday, June 29th, 2006 and is filed under General.

Tagged with: , , , ,

You can follow any responses to this entry through the Comments Feed. You can Leave A Comment, or A Trackback.

Previous Post: Flintoff unsure of fitness for first test »
Next Post: Caribbean rain annoys Lara »

Read More

Related Reading:

    Subscribe without commenting

    Leave a Reply

    Note: Any comments are permitted only because the site owner is letting you post, and any comments could be removed for any reason at the absolute discretion of the site owner.