Gavaskar slams delayed declaration

Updated: 14 December 2007 14:01 IST

Gavaskar has slammed the delayed declaration saying it seemed that Dinesh Karthik's half century was more important than a win in the Bangalore Test.

Gavaskar slams delayed declaration
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New Delhi:

Sunil Gavaskar's newspaper column on Thursday morning would not have made a good reading for Indian Test captain Anil Kumble.

Gavaskar has slammed the delayed declaration saying it seemed that Dinesh Karthik's half century was more important than a win in the Bangalore Test.

On Wednesday, Imran Khan had criticised the same defensive mind-set telling NDTV that you cannot win Test matches if you don't take some risk.

Anil Kumble said he thought 45 overs would have been more than enough to bowl out Pakistan, but bad light made sure that India only got in 36 overs.

Pakistan slumped to 162/7 in that time chasing 374 to win and though Kumble was the one who did the damage, it was his delayed declaration that has so annoyed Sunil Gavaskar.

The former India captain wrote, "A 2-0 result against Pakistan would have been a great way to take on the Aussies. Why the declaration did not come earlier is a mystery, unless it was to give Karthik a chance to get his 50 and on the plane to Australia. That is the difference between India and Australia. They are not satisfied with a 1-0 result.

The Indian think tank would argue that a series win cannot be jeopardised. But this is now the second series in a row that India has settled for this result.

They also had a chance to win 2-0 in England, a defensive mind set against Australia certainly would not help. In fact, some believe that India has already lost the battle because of poor scheduling.

Dean Jones said that one cannot win in Australia with just one practice game and if the fielding is poor the team will get smashed. He thinks one practice match is a bad idea because of the difference in the pitches

The Bangalore pitch is quite in contrast to the Perth pitch where, at the same time, Australia was playing New Zealand in a Twenty-20 game.

Perhaps in those circumstances, Anil Kumble might consider sticking to the medium pace that got him five wickets in Bangalore rather than his leg spin!




Topics : Cricket Sunil Gavaskar
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