India look listless and disinterested, says Wasim Akram

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='' class='caption'> The Indian Team in the Champion Trophy is looking like a bunch of &quot;disinterested&quot; and &quot;listless&quot; cricketers, said former Pakistan skipper Wa

Updated: September 29, 2009 13:32 IST
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New Delhi:

The Indian Team in the Champion Trophy is looking like a bunch of "disinterested" and "listless" cricketers who have their mind somewhere else, said former Pakistan skipper Wasim Akram.

Akram said that Mahendra Singh Dhoni's men are looking extremely unimpressive in the ongoing eight-team tournament and they don't look good enough to make the semi-final.

"Their (the Indian players) mind seems to be elsewhere completely," Akram told sports network from Johannesburg after Australia scored 234 for four in 42.3 overs against India.

The match was eventually called off due to downpour.

"The Indian team has been looking listless and disinterested in the proceedings at South Africa. They don't seem to be interested in playing and seem to be going through the motions in this tournament. I fail to understand the reason for that," Akram said.

Akram was also far from amused with the performance of Indian bowlers.

"Against Pakistan, the seam bowlers bowled a bit too short with the spinners failing to curb the scoring rate or pick wickets. The story pretty much repeated itself in the game against Australia," Akram said.

The former left-arm paceman said among spinners offie Harbhajan Singh was "off-color" as he was bowling too many deliveries that could be cut away easily.

"Harbhajan was expensive for he was bowling short throughout," Akram said.

Even skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni was not spared.

"Dhoni is looking disinterested as the skipper. He is not running to the bowlers and making suggestions or talking to them as often as he does," Akram said.

"His plans might have worked earlier but now it is not working so he will have to work harder with the team as the team needs him to show confidence in them now.

"Against Pakistan, he could have brought Harbhajan on earlier and he should have told him, don't bowl short, get the batsmen to drive," he added.

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