India has been thrashed by Australia as never before, or may be it is a recurrent theme ? No ! India has lost earlier , but never with such a star studded batting line up. One has only to see the statistics of the so called 'great' players to realise the enormity of this defeat.
Shewag, Dravid, Tendulkar, Laxman all add up to a plethora of records. Between them these men have scored over 45,000 runs in test cricket. This itself is a mind boggling figure and that is the reason I say this defeat is something that never happened earlier.True India lost 0-4 to Australia in 1967-68 under Pataudi, but that team put up a better fight without any 'great 'players. I do not recollect such a star studded team coming a cropper in the entire history of cricket. Come to think of this, the Indian with same 4 'great' player lost 0-4 in England as well.
Are these 4 players greatly over rated. Do we as Indians hero worship them despite their failings ? I think to a great extant this is true. We have put these men on a pedestal and now we see after all these years that they are men withclay legs. They buckle at the first blow. Its really sad.
Take a look at Tendulkar, he should have been retired after the world cup in the West indies in 2007 and youngsters blooded in his place. The other 3 have also all outlived their lives. Touching 40 these daddies are competing against young and hungry men . Their reflexes are slow and one can see that Dravid has been bowled 6 times out of his last 9 innings. Laxman is like a zoombie. Touchingf 38 he is a poor fielder and no great shakes performance wise out of India in the last 3 years. Ditto with Shewag. He can slog on the dead wickets in the sub continent, but then playing in England and Australia he has come a cropper. It is difficult to digest that in the last 6/7 test outside India the openers haven't crosssed 20. What a way to play test cricket.
Its about time the Augean stables of the board were cleaned and right from the board president to the selection committe and of course thes 4 all need to be given a one way ticket to their home after a farewell. Alas ! who will bell the cat ?