February 27, 2012

Ex-Pakistan skipper slams lack of application by Indian batsmen and says Dhoni must not blame the toss.

With India’s dreams of clinching a finals’ berth in the CB series only a mathematical possibility, Wasim Akram wants Indian selectors to emerge wiser from the Australian experience.

The squad for the Asia Cup in Bangladesh will be named on Wednesday and Akram feels Indian selectors must let their head rule and not their emotions.

In an exclusive chat with Mobile ESPN from Hobart on Monday, Akram says he is deeply saddened with India’s performance and Tendulkar is surely feeling the pressure of expectation in every game.

Akram suggests Tendulkar should quit ODIs to take the pressure off him. The Pakistan legend added the Little Master should now concentrate only on Test cricket.

“I feel Tendulkar should leave one-dayers and concentrate on Test cricket in order to make things easy for the selectors. The Indian selectors can never dare to drop Tendulkar even if he goes on performing badly.

“So Tendulkar should take a call on himself. Hundreds will still come by for Tendulkar in the longest format of the game and he should not worry about that,” said Akram.

Akram slammed India’s top batsmen for the 87-run defeat at Sydney on Sunday. Gautam Gambhir, Virender Sehwag and Tendulkar have managed to get just one half-century opening partnership in place among them. Akram is sad to witness a lack of application by the top guns.

“The Indian batsmen have made a mockery of themselves. The top-order is not willing to stay at the crease. Sehwag and Tendulkar have been getting out in the first few overs. How can you chase a target like this?” asked Akram, adding winning or losing the toss did not matter. “Dhoni is making a lame excuse,” Akram said.

Lying at the bottom of the tri-series table, India need to win big against Sri Lanka and hope that Australia outplay the islanders in order to have a mathematical chance of making it to the finals. Akram blames it on the lack of planning.

“Only Umesh Yadav has generated enough pace on bouncy Australian wickets. Irfan Pathan and Praveen Kumar have even failed to get a good carry. The Indians have failed to plan and strategise. It’s too late on this tour but they should certainly look ahead now,” Akram concluded.

by: Faisal Kamal
Courtesy: ESPN STAR



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