There was a time when the Indian team comprised of big stars, who would instill fear in the mind of the opponents. Players such as Sehwag, Gambhir, Yuvraj, Raina, Zaheer, Harbhajan etc formed the backbone of the Indian team. Things are different now. None of these players feature in the current squad with youngsters replacing them. In due process, the team has fallen short of experience, which has been justified in the ongoing Asia Cup. Would it not be better if some senior players are brought back to the mainfold?
One has to understand that the youngsters are putting up a brave fight within their capacity against top teams, but are failing to cross the final hurdle, resulting in defeats. It is at this juncture where senior cricketers can come up and deliver the goods. Twitter was abuzz yesterday when India
played Pakistan. Most of the tweets talked about how the Indian team were missing experienced players such as Gambhir, Yuvraj, Raina etc in the crucial encounter.
''In tight situations, we need experience players. The Indian team is missing cricketers such as Zaheer, Sehwag, Gambhir, Raina, Yuvraj,'' said former Indian cricketer, Karsan Ghavri. Had there been some senior cricketers to guide Kohli yesterday in the final overs of the game, he would have been advised not to keep Aswhin for the final over with Afridi at the crease. Afridi hit two sixes of Ashwin in the final over to clinch a thrilling win for Pakistan.
Ghavri feels that the Indian bowling attack is very weak, which seems to be the feeling of ardent cricket fans as well. Ghavri said that things might have been different, if India had Zaheer Khan last night. Overall, it is the team, which would benefit, if some senior players are brought back into the side.
''Their experience is going to help the side. They (Sehwag, Zaheer, Yuvraj etc) have seen it all,'' said Ghavri. In absence of these players, the youngsters have been doing relatively well, but they seem to lack the much required confidence, when they play big matches. ''Youngsters are not experienced, hence they lack confidence. They get panicky.''
''The composition of the team has to be such that it includes both experience and young players. The youngsters are not going to do the job all the way, '' added Ghavri. The Indian selectors would also love to have the right mix, but they stand helpless, when these senior pros are out of form and they are getting older day by day as well.
Ghavri does not agree with the age factor, as he feels that age has nothing to do with the game if they are mentally and physically fit. At present the best thing that can happen to Indian cricket is that the senior players somehow get back into the Indian team with impressive domestic performances and help the team get back to winning ways.