Lack of practice games reason behind India’s Test series loss in England: MS Dhoni

November 17, 2019 | |Post a Comment

first_imgIndia suffered an embarrassing 1-4 defeat in the recently concluded Test series against England. Virat Kohli emerged the main star for the touring team, scoring 593 runs which was the highest, but faced criticism for his leadership skills from cricket experts around the world.There was controversy regarding India’s reluctance to play practice games prior to the start of the series. On Wednesday, MS Dhoni too blamed the lack of practice for the poor show in the series.”Indian team missed out on playing practice matches before the series, which is why the batsmen are finding it difficult to adjust. This is a part of the game. We shouldn’t forget that India is currently No. 1 in the rankings,” Dhoni was quoted as saying by SportsRush at a motivational program organised by the CISF at the Birsa Munda Airport, Ranchi.India only played one practice match against Essex prior to the first Test at Edgbaston. The Indian team management had also cancelled their tour game in South Africa earlier this year. Skipper Kohli and coach Ravi Shastri had insisted that the team was ready to take on England in their own backyard.Also read – Team India report card after England Test seriesBut, come the end of the series, it looked like only Kohli was ready for the challenge and while the rest of the batsmen failed.Kohli recently questioned the “utility” of tour games if the visiting side is not provided with ideal conditions and opposition in those matches.Also read – As India lose another Test series overseas, time for Ravi Shastri to answer tough questionsadvertisement”Lot of people talk about tour games but where are those tour games happening and against what quality of bowling are very important questions to be asked,” Kohli said in an interview to Michael Holding.”Because if you don’t get the preparation you need before a Test series, then it is actually not utilised well. Time is not utilised well if you don’t get the quality of opposition that you will face in Test cricket,” he added.Watch: There is no such thing as optional practice when team is 0-2 down: GavaskarIndia have lost back-to-back overseas Test series in South Africa and England with many former greats. Cricket experts, including legendary Sunil Gavaskar, have questioned time and again the India team’s refusal to play warm-up matches.”I can understand they have taken the day off today.. they are still licking the wounds of the defeat at Lord’s but they should have been planning to leave for Nottingham after today which would have been the last day of the Lord’s Test and practice from tomorrow,” Gavaskar told India Today after India’s humiliating defeat at Lord’s.Also read – Virat Kohli batted like a champion but captaincy raises questions”But clearly as we have seen from the start of the ODI series, they are in love with London. You cannot get practice facilities in London as easily as you would in Nottingham – I hope they practice from Tuesday. And there should be no optional practice. Everybody needs to get down to practice There’s no such thing as optional practice when you are 0-2 down,” he said.”You don’t just need net practice but practice matches also. One should strive for practice games between third and fourth Test as well when there is space. There may possibly be some new players coming in after third Test and they need some practice time as well. These things have to be thought about. I have been saying this since January when the South Africa tour was lost. But perhaps we are old fashioned, who don’t understand modern day cricket,” he said.Also read – Sunil Gavaskar raises questions on Virat Kohli’s captaincy in Test cricketWhen Dhoni was asked about why he gave up captaincy, he clarified that he wanted the incoming skipper, Kohli, to get enough time to prepare his team for the World Cup in 2019.”I resigned from captaincy because I wanted the new captain to get enough time for preparing a team before the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019,” Dhoni said.”Selecting a strong team without giving the new captain appropriate time isn’t possible. I believe that I left the captaincy at the right time”, Dhoni added.Dhoni will next be seen in action in the upcoming Asia Cup, starting September 15 in the United Arab Emirates.last_img

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