In 1947-48 the Indian team toured Australia. The captain was lala Amarnath and had a string of some Indian greats like Vinoo Mankad and Vijay Hazare. The Indians played well and Mankad hit 2 centuries and Hazare a century in each innings, yet the Indians lost 0-4. The fact is that they came face to face witha very strong Aussie lineup that included Don Bradman. But the point to note is that the tradition of defeats began and has not ended, though 65 years have elapsed since that tour.
All through these 65 years India has toured Australia a number oftimes. There was Pataudi who led India in 1967-68, Azaruddin in 1992, Tendulkar in 1998 and now Dhoni in 2012. On all these tours India were white washed and suffered ignoble defeats. There were some individual performances, but overall the central theme was defeat. It was perhaps on a tour or 2 under Kapil Dev and Gangully that India happened to draw the series. this is a poor record down under.
After each defeat the same sort of chorus as now rent the air. People were hurt,
The problem is something different. I think it has more to do with physical fitness and lack of application. Another aspect is the hero worship among the Indian masses. When all these 3 factors are added up the performance is bound to suffer. Thus throughout history the Indian teams have been selected more on hype than performance. Thus Chandu Borde made the cut in 1967 like Tendulkar and Laxman on the present tour. Another aspect is physical fitness as the indians man to man are not fit to match the Aussies. Their fielding and running is poor. It is about time a spade is called a spade and the cobwebs of hero worship, selection and big names and hypes are done away with. Only then we can improve. It is a vicious nexus and diffficult to break.