New Delhi: Former India skipper and NDTV expert Sunil Gavaskar feels that some of the Indian players became very "casual" after their success in the 2011 World Cup.
"After the success of 2011 World Cup, the attitude of some of the players became too casual. They started behaving as if the nation owes it to them for winning World Cup which is less than acceptable," Gavaskar told NDTV when quizzed about the constant failures that Team India has endured since 2011.
Gavaskar was not too forthcoming when asked about Duncan Fletcher's stay at the helm of Indian cricket.
"I support Dhoni when he says that the coach can't get out there and score the runs. But yes, I would look if the attitude is too lacklustre or lackadaisical. In EPL or in La Liga, if a team continues to lose then the coach or the manager gets the boot," Gavaskar said.
Gavaskar agreed that Mahendra Singh Dhoni has been chirpy on the field in the 4th and the final Test but was skeptical too.
"I think so. Dhoni knows that they have to be pro-active. I believe that things are changing but I hope it's not too late."
When quipped about Sachin Tendulkar's dismissal, bowled off James Anderson yet again, SMG hit out at the failures of Virender Sehwag too.
Asked about the manner of Tendulkar's dismissal, Gavaskar retorted,"What about Sehwag's dismissal?"
He also said that the Indians should learn from England's debutant Joe Root who displayed great courage and stamina despite playing in alien conditions, so to say.
"Look at their newcomer. He formed parnerships with Prior and Swann. If you ask me, this is not a difficult wicket to bat on but certainly difficult to score. The ball is not doing anything out of the ordinary and you can stay on this track. But since it's not coming onto the bat and boundaries are big, you have to score in ones and twos. The problem with India is not being able to put up too many partnerships."
Story first published on: Friday, 14 December 2012 20:56 IST