Dravid and Laxman should go for good

Last Updated: Mon, Feb 13, 2012 05:59 hrs

Going into the fifth day, the result was quite imminent - it was just a matter of time and the Australians didn't waste any and completed a 4-0 whitewash. There was absolutely no fight put up by the Indians but hasn't that been the story in the series so far?

A lot was said before the series that this Indian team would come and win a series for the first time in Australia but I never believed so as they had been very much dismal outside their home and with a few ageing players who haven't toured Australia for four years, I didn't see them coming here and successfully retaining the Border-Gavaskar trophy.

The 4-0 result however wasn't really expected and honestly the Indian side aren't such a poor side to have gone down this way against the current Australian team who haven't really been much consistent of late. What went wrong is difficult to say as it was a collective failure but things can't really go much worse than this for Indian cricket and to come out of that they need to plan ahead.

There was talk in the media on retirement of a few senior players but the team management reacted with surprise and disbelief. It rather surprises me that those retirements didn't take place and it would be quite unbelievable if they get to play another Test for India. Honestly Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman, the stalwarts they have been, should go for good now.
Looking at the positives for India - Virat Kohli is a fine player and he showed it that one needs to apply himself in the middle to score runs. He has a great future ahead and I would like him to bat at number three or four. Umesh Yadav is another impressive lad who has tried hard.

He has erred often but he will learn and has really bowled well in patches whereas Ishant Sharma has struggled with his length. However, I feel he has been a bit unlucky too but then it's never easy on the bowlers and they mustn't be blamed much when the much famed batting lineup has consistently failed. Wriddhiman Saha too looked to be a very good wicketkeeper and his approach with the bat has looked solid and positive too.

The biggest finding for Australia has been their pace bowling strength. All the bowlers who played - Peter Siddle, Ben Hilfenhaus, James Pattinson, Mitchell Starc and Ryan Harris - have bowled exceedingly well and when it mattered, off spinner Nathan Lyon with his nice high action joined the fray.

Much of the credit goes to the skipper and the deserving man-of-the-series Michael Clarke. He was under pressure but he led the team with example. He backed the out of form seniors - Ricky Ponting and Mike Hussey - who benefited from the confidence and delivered the goods when it mattered the most.

Also in Ed Cowan, we have found an orthodox classical Test opener who values his wicket more than anything else. However, Shaun Marsh had a torrid series, but the good player that he is, I am sure he will come back much stronger. He was batting brilliantly before he got injured last year.

Congratulations to Australia and we now look forward to the T20s and the ODI tri-series.

Kohli and Umesh Yadav have given India a glimmer of hope

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