Current Indian team is not good: Mohinder Amarnath
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The current Indian team is not good. We keep talking about home advantage and pitches made for the home team but in the current series, England outplayed us because they were better prepared," says former cricketer and now commentator Mohinder Amarnath about the lacklustre performance of the national team in the ongoing test series with England.
Amarnath was in the city with ex-cricketer Dilip Vengsarkar and sports journalist Ayaz Memon for the Bat and Chat show, a travelling show on cricket held at PYC Gymkhana.
Amarnath says, "They have always been living in past glories. That, I feel, was a major reason for two back-to-back defeats on our home turf against England. They need to get their act together for the final game if they wish to level the series." The show, which was presented by Memon, had both Vengsarkar and Amarnath talk in detail about the home turf advantage, selection strategies, Tendulkar and his retirement.
Criticising Dhoni's captaincy after the world cup, he said Dhoni stepping down was a secondary issue. "There is nothing personal against him but he really hasn't even performed as a player and I don't think he deserves a place in the team, forget captaincy. The selectors should select a team and then a captain. The fact is most of the selectors have not even seen others' talent so in no way they will choose a team that is fully prepared to take on such challenges." Vengsarkar too agreed that in the process of preparing a defensive track, they lost all momentum that had been built after winning the first test.
The duo also agreed that Sachin Tendulkar though still a formidable force in the team was not the same formidable player. "Age catches up with everyone and he is no exception. While he still scores runs, the speed with which he does has reduced. Personally, I feel the quicker he retires the better it is," said Amarnath. Vengsarkar said the current national team coach had not done anything worthwhile for the team. "He wasn't even been there for the first three games prior to the tests. We do not know the exact nature of his contract with the Board but he is not even looking at players from the domestic league. Ironically with India, a white-skinned person is always preferred over a local but so far he has not delivered," he says.