The Indian cricket team has come under fire from various sections following their spineless performance Down Under.
They have lost three of the 4 test matches, with one left. Two of these matches were lost by an innings and some runs. This is surprising, as this is the same team which smashed the Australian side to smithereens in a series back at home.
One of the most scathing criticisms has come from Michael Vaughan, commentator and ex-England captain. He said in a tweet that before the beginning of the Indian Premier League, or IPL as it is better known, there was a team that went to Australia and beat them.
This team was under Sourav Ganguly, statistically India’s second most successful captain. This begs the question, “Is Mahendra Singh Dhoni incompetent, or has the IPL ruined the quality of cricket?”
Michael Vaughan also said that getting beaten isn’t a problem; every team has faced it at some point. But the manner in which the Indian team lost their marbles was pathetic. They put up no semblance of wanting to mount a fightback when they were down.
The ex-England captain has also recently been very vocal about spot-fixing cases that have been brought against a number of young players, mostly from Pakistan. A youngster named Mervyn Westfield has been arrested on charges of spot fixing in county cricket. This is a clear message to all other youngsters out there that if they try something similar, they will be prosecuted and sentenced to prison.
Michael Vaughan believes that spot-fixing has been going on for quite some time now, but following the prosecution of the youngster, it will be on the back burner for some time. Some current players might have been running a cold sweat following the news. We just wish no more youngsters’ careers are wasted.