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The Men In Blue suffered a massive defeat at the hands of the hosts in Perth after a positive start in the four-match test series. India’s woes chasing overseas continued as the team collapsed to a total of just 140 while chasing the target of 287 set by the Aussies.
With a green top offered at the New Optus Stadium in Perth, Indian skipper Virat Kohli opted to go for four frontline pacers. The troubles in the top order coupled with a fragile tail, the load was burdened onto the middle order entirely who could not get the team out of trouble.
Former Indian batsman cited selection blunders as the cause of defeats like these and placed the blame on captain Virat Kohli and coach Ravi Shastri. The former opener also expressed his concern on the role being played by the BCCI in this issue. Speaking to the media, Gavaskar said:
”We have been seeing this – the selection blunders that have been committed since the tour of South Africa. It has cost the team because it has lost matches which could’ve been won if the proper selection had been made”.
The batsman also went on to state that the roles of the captain, coach and support staff have to be assessed in case India falters to a series defeat Down Under. He added:
”They(management) have to look at the combination of their team. If they do that then they can certainly win the next two matches. But if they don’t, and that too against this Australian team which does not have Steve Smith or David Warner, then the selectors need to think whether we are getting any benefit from this lot – the captain, coach and support staff”