India needs to come up with a plan, a system
The Indian cricket
establishment at the
moment is in a state of
denial with no vision
and no immediate
roadmap to resurrect
the longer format of the
game in the country
TIM WIMBORNE/REU TERS
Faisal Shariff presents a roadmap to resurrect India’s Test cricket fortunes
Modern sport is competitive, dynamic and can almost be cruel. A side that was ranked number one in Test cricket six months ago is today in
shambles. However, to put things into perspective one
needs to understand that the gutted downfall is confined to
only the Test format (more specifically overseas) of the
game and not the one-day international format.
The Indian T20 team is another issue, but can be reflected upon post the team’s performance in the fourth edition
of the T20 World Cup, in Sri Lanka this September.
International cricket sides face cyclic fortunes with their
team’s performance and results. The best have faced it,
Australia, England et al and India is no exception.
Many times the reason for a slide can be pointed to more
than one key player aging and the transition and drafting of
new players taking time. England and Australia took the
first step when faced with such a problem, by accepting
that that there was an issue.
With the Indian cricket establishment, one is not so sure
if they acknowledge that there is a problem and an overhaul of its present Test team. So what does India have to do
to stem this downward flow?
Let us have a look at what other nations like Australia,
England and New Zealand did to resurrect the fortunes of
their national Test teams. All three nations have put in
place systems and key personnel whereby the national Test
team performs at its optimal level.
England started the process after its drubbing Down
Under in the 2006-2007 Ashes series.
A new think-tank headed by team director Andy Flower,
assisted by specialist coaches like Graham Gooch and
series and some Ranji Trophy matches.