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Two culprits in Indian cricket team
Believing that it was an opportunity to take revenge, former Indian cricketers and cricket fans were enthusiastically waiting for the ongoing Test-series to take off. With a fine batting display by English in the ongoing Kolkata test, it seems India is on the verge of tasting another defeat.

TO DEMORALISE the English cricketers, new BCCI selection committee provided them flat pitches, which lacked any spin, during their practice matches against domestic teams.

Chief selector Sandip Patil was being appreciated for this step by mentioning that the same thing happened against India during their England Tour. Luckily, India won the first test match in Ahmedabad and MS Dhoni over-ambitiously stated that India could have won the match within three days if pitch had assisted spinners starting from the first day.

Buoyed by the win, Dhoni emphasised on preparing turning pitches, which landed him in a controversy with pitch curator Prabir Mukherjee. This was a defensive and negative move made by Dhoni. I expected positive attitude from Indian batsman but all my hopes and expenditure made on Star-Cricket-Package wasted my precious time watching this almost one-sided match and this has made me sad, to say the least.

I never believed that Dhoni has any captaincy sense. He was perhaps riding on the success because of his luck and Gary Kristen's hardwork. There is nothing wrong with Indian players but the spirit in Indian dressing room is mostly negative. All of them were too defensive and negative during the Kolkata Test while handling Monty Panesar who never made a mark as a genuine spinner. Had they played little aggressively, the results could have been totally different.

Another thing that comes to my mind is IPL; it could well be the biggest reason behind impatient batting display of Indian batsmen. But all credit goes to English cricketers, who tackled the situation quite bravely and this didn't happen overnight. Andy Flower (best batsman against Indian spin), Mushtaq Ahmad, Ashley Giles and Graham Gooch were working hard with England cricketers.

From the beginning Indian cricketers and selctors harboured a negative attitude and relied more on spin-friendly tracks than their batting and bowling skills.

It was great to see Alastair Cook and Kevin Pietersen who made Indian spin bowlers look like ordinary bowlers. This is where the likes of Rahul Dravid and Laxman played their part who unlike today's superstars built their innings steadily.

It is hard to believe but India is going to lose this match too; may be by an innings, as England is looking to cross a score of 500 runs. I wouldn't be surprised if England wins the test-series on the Indian soil after a wait of 28 years. If India loses this match, Dhoni and Duncan Fletcher should be relieved from their duties immediately. Time is up for Dhoni now.

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