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Tuesday , August 19 , 2014
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Sunny rues lack of commitment

Calcutta: The legendary Sunil Gavaskar has questioned the work ethics of some of the Indian cricketers following team’s awful show in England.

Though he didn’t take any names, Gavaskar said that some players were not putting in enough number of hours in the nets to overcome their shortcomings.

“Questions will be asked… Because of the love for the game, people and fans can question what’s going on in the team. It’s the fans who spend their hard-earned money to watch the team play. Work ethics (followed) under Gary Kirsten (former India coach) is not the same now,” Gavaskar told a news channel.

“Who to point out (for this) is something which can be looked at. There are some players in the side who may not need much practice, but there are others, who need more practice,” the former captain said.

Asked if he feels Mahendra Singh Dhoni cares for Test cricket, Gavaskar said he found the Indian captain the only one fighting for the country.

“He curbed his natural instinct and scored runs. Had he not scored, the side would have been out for under 100. There were some others who were just pushing. When you are playing 10 innings and you keep on repeating the mistakes of your second and third innings, it means you need to improve.”

“The way he (Dhoni) fought, he gave an impression that he was fighting for the country. The effort level has to be seen. India can accept that the other team is better, but how can we accept not fighting and giving up. In one session you are losing 6-7 wickets… It needs to be looked at,” he said.

Gavaskar stressed that Test cricket requires a different approach than one-dayers and those who cannot cope with it, should not play Tests.

“In limited-overs cricket, the focus is on stopping runs. You can get away with edges. In Test cricket, the ball will come to your ribs. It’s easier to score runs in ODIs. If you are not going to do it in Test cricket, you should focus on something else,” he said.