Former Australian swashbuckling opener Matthew Hayden feels that the Indian team doesn’t believe in itself that they can secure Test wins away from home. Hayden also said that the controversy generated by Shikhar Dhawan’s refusal to come out to bat on the fourth day of the second Test at Gabba after being hit in the nets, was a clear reflection of India’s faint-hearted approach.
In his column for The Daily Telegraph, Hayden wrote:
“India’s biggest weakness is they don’t believe they can win away from home. Whether it’s starting the day badly or not finishing an innings like they should — they seem to go missing at key moments.
“The noise around the team isn’t great either. Putting the food issue aside (which I think is embarrassing for Australia because grounds should be making an extra effort to provide the food the visitors require), you feel like India are searching for an excuse.
“As for Shikhar Dhawan not coming out to bat on day four in Brisbane speaks of his mindset. Fear of failure is more often than not a powerful motivator and the great players like Steve Waugh use that to their advantage. Dhawan’s decision clearly caused confusion in the Indian camp and his troops, including M.S. Dhoni and Virat Kohli, couldn’t rally revealing the fragility of this powerful Indian team.”
However, Hayden lauded Indian batsmen Virat Kohli and Murali Vijay in saying that talent-wise in this series, both of them are on par with the Australian batsmen.
“Australia definitely has the edge when it comes to bowling but talent-wise the Indian batsmen are on par. Virat Kohli is world class — there’s an edge to his game — and Murali Vijay has gone to a new level.
“He’s patience personified blended with conventional and destructive stroke play and if Australia had him opening the batting with David Warner it would be an incredible partnership. But the rest are vulnerable,” Hayden added.
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