Sunil Gavaskar says can't take five days off before Test series
After the ODI series defeat, the Indian team was given a five-day break and the players spent time in Europe.
Critical of the way India prepared for the Test series against England, Sunil Gavaskar says lack of serious practice ahead of the Birmingham game hurt India dearly as batsmen's poor technique against moving deliveries was thoroughly exposed.
"It was no preparation at all," Gavaskar told 'India Today' channel, referring to the three-day warm-up game.
"They should have played at least two three-day games and proper first-class games. Not 18 players but 11 players. They should have prepared in such a manner to give themselves a chance in the Test match. They canceled a warm-up game in South Africa and were thrashed in the first two Tests," he said.
You can have as many match simulations, take throw-downs but in match situations, it is different. While taking throw-downs, you can get out or in nets, you can bowl no balls," said the legendary opener.
"They deluded themselves that they are in England for one month. They played white ball cricket where the bat speed is different from red ball cricket. So there was no preparation at all," he reasoned.
He also feels that Virat Kohli's method of preparation can't be emulated by one and all in the Indian team.
"Kohli can take 50 days off and then come back and score a hundred next day. He is an exceptional talent and if he takes time off, no issues. But the team management needs to understand that others need practice. Like he wanted to play county cricket and skipped the Afghanistan Test. I don't believe it was a correct decision," he said.
For the next Test, Gavaskar suggested the inclusion of an extra batsman in the playing XI.
"I always believe that in overseas conditions, you need to play an additional batsman. They got to believe in themselves that they can do well. I believe in this team," Gavaskar signed off.
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