London: Former captain Sunil Gavaskar on Sunday slammed the Indian cricketers for their embarrassing innings defeat in the fourth Test at Old Trafford, saying that they showed “no backbone” to fight against a “persistent” England side.
“India showed no backbone,” Gavaskar told BBC Radio’s Test Match Special.
“They showed no determination, the dismissals were soft, there were no great deliveries, England were just persistent,” said Gavaskar.
“... you could see Indian heads go down and thereafter there has been no thinking of let’s fight,” he added.
Former India wicketkeeper Farokh Engineer was also equally critical of the players, saying that they played without “passion” and showed no guts to fight.
He also criticised “highly paid” coach Duncan Fletcher for not advising captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni to field first after winning the toss.
India lost the Test by an innings and 54 runs .
Geoffrey Boycott also slammed Dhoni’s decision to bat. “The toss was important and Dhoni made a terrible mistake by batting and losing all those wickets. All in all it was England wearing them down and them not being able to cope with the pressure.
“To a great degree, England were so bad early on in the series, we made India look better than they are. Their best batsman is Virat Kohli and he hasn’t made a run on this tour. Cheteshwar Pujara hasn’t made many runs either,” remarked Boycott.