What's the way forward for Team India?

Updated: 10 December 2012 10:44 IST

Team India's back-to-back defeats have once again reignited the debate over whether some members of the team should now call time on their careers.

What's the way forward for Team India?
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New Delhi:

Out of the last seven Tests played between India and England, the English have won six, but what this latest loss has done is add weight to the chorus of voices that are asking for major changes in Team India.

Alastair Cook and his men have become the first English team in 35 years to beat India in consecutive Tests on Indian soil.

And the post-match comments of the two skippers highlighted the huge divide between the two teams. "Whole team performed well. From Number 1 to 11, just what you need in these conditions," Captain Cook said after a 7-wicket win at the Eden Gardens.

On the other hand, India skipper MS Dhoni said: "We need to pull up our socks. Everyone needs to do that, enjoy each other's company and show some character."

But it's easier said than done. India cannot win this series anymore and the appalling display in both batting and bowling can't just change overnight.

"I believe that the Indian team was a little complacent. I believe that the attitude and approach of some of the players was not quite upto international standards," Sunil Gavaskar, NDTV cricket expert and former cricketer, said.

That is a shocking position to be in. Team India's back-to-back defeats have once again reignited the debate over whether some members of the team should now call time on their careers.

"Our team resembles an old dad's club. They always try to protect each other," Kirti Azad, MP and former cricketer, said.

Along with the commitment of some senior members of the team, Dhoni's captaincy has also come under the scanner. And the fans want answers. If the captain gets the credit when the team does well, shouldn't he be taking the responsibility when the team is losing?

"Won't quit captaincy. Won't run away from responsibility," Dhoni said after the Eden loss.

While axing Dhoni as captain might be an extreme reaction, what cannot be argued is that the team needs a boost. Who or what can provide that is the million dollar question.

Topics : Cricket England in India 2012 MS Dhoni England India Sunil Gavaskar
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