Sunil Gavaskar, Indian cricket legend reckons Australian players have themselves to blame for loss to India and not the coach Justin Langer.
Sunil Gavaskar has lambasted the Australian team after stories emerged that some players were not happy with the coach’s style of functioning in the recently concluded Border-Gavaskar Trophy, which the hosts lost 1-2.
Sunil Gavaskar: Coach Can Do Nothing Once Players Are Out On Field
In the recently concluded Test series, India won 2-1 after the Adelaide debacle in 1st Test where the team scored only 36 in 2nd innings and lost as the likes of Shubman Gill, Mohammed Siraj and Rishabh Pant rose to the occasion.
Australians Marnus Labuschagne (426 runs) and Pat Cummins (21 scalps) were leading run-scorer and wicket-taker respectively but the likes of Nathan Lyon (9 wickets in 4 Tests averaging 55.11), Matthew Wade (173 runs averaging 21.62), Travis Head(62 runs averaging 20.66), David Warner (67 runs averaging 16.75) and Joe Burns (63 runs averaging 21) failed miserably for Australia.
“The leaks to the media about Langer actually reflects badly on the Australian team as it portrays them as brats who can’t accept they were outplayed and so need to shift the blame elsewhere,” wrote Gavaskar in a column which appeared in Sunday Mid-day.
“Stories planted in the media by the players or their agents or managers are making out that it was Langer’s intensity and passion that had the players under pressure and so affected their game. This is utter rubbish as once the players are out on the field, the coach can do nothing and the players themselves have to find the answers to the questions asked by the opposition,” Gavaskar stressed.
Under Tim Paine’s leadership, Australia have retained the Ashes and won 11 of 23 matches, but have now lost two successive home series to India.
Sunil Gavaskar Though Questions Logic To Bat First In Melbourne Test
However, the former opener and commentator questioned the logic of Australia deciding to bat first in the Melbourne Test match.
“The one thing that they could possibly pin on the coach and the advisory group is the decision to bat first in the Melbourne Test match. Whether that was only the captain and senior players’ decision to bat first or whether it was one that the coach Langer encouraged Tim Paine to take is not known but apart from that possibility, the Australians have nobody else to blame than themselves,” wrote Sunil Gavaskar.
Australia began the series on a strong note winning the day-night Test in Adelaide inside three days and handing India one of their worst Test defeats in the recent history as the team registered lowest ever Test score of 36.
Ajinkya Rahane set the tone for a dramatic turnaround for the visitors with a match-winning ton in the 2nd Test at Melbourne. He was the guiding light for the youngsters like Washington Sundar, Shardul Thakur, Mohammed Siraj and T Natarajan who stepped up in the absence of senior players like Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja and gave their best to outclass the Aussies in their own backyard.