'Changes to Team India will do no good'

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:08 IST

Now that India have lost their second consecutive one-dayer to England in the NatWest Trophy on Friday, a lot of critics will call for changes in the team.

'Changes to Team India will do no good'

Srinath:

Now that India have lost their second consecutive one-dayer to England in the NatWest Trophy on Friday, a lot of critics will call for changes in the team. But, in my opinion, the current players form the bedrock of the Indian cricket. It would be foolhardy to question the ability and credentials of these players. Drastic changes will only spoil the whole effort, which slowly built up 'Team India' in the last four years. There cannot be too many things wrong in a team, which held the Australians by their collar only last summer in their own backyard and defeated Pakistan fair and square on their home soil. Bad patch The team is definitely going through a bad patch. It does not really suggest that the quality of Indian batting or bowling has eroded in the last couple months. The shelf life of most of the senior players in the side is definitely more than four years. Rahul Dravid, one of the best batsmen in the world, is not among runs. But that does not make him a bad player overnight. Virender Sehwag is one batsman whom most bowlers in the world dread to bowl. He too has hit a bad patch. Should that call for dropping him from the team? Trying to hard Chopping and changing of the vulnerable youngsters or even the top guns will not solve the problem. In my opinion, the guys are perhaps trying too hard. There are times when nothing goes right and it becomes difficult to avoid undesirable results. This can happen to best of the teams in the world. Now one has to watch and wait for the players to rediscover their form quickly. The time is ripe for the players to spend few hours with the sports psychologist to get their bearings right. The players, while doing the soul searching, must be getting the feel of the criticism by the cricketing fraternity. For the youngsters, such comments and criticism will sow the seeds of doubts in their minds about their own abilities. They must be counselled to make them realise that they are just one good game away from being a good side. The only thing I would like to say at the end is that this Indian team is too talented to keep on losing like this. They would certainly make a comeback and would do it very soon. (PTI)

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