London: Former England batsman Michael Vaughan has claimed India Test captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni should be given a free hand to overcome team’s miserable run of form in Test cricket, and added the skipper should work on changing the mentality of the young players in the team. Vaughan believes young Indian Test players are more interested in playing limited over cricket rather than the longest version of the game.
“Indian captain M.S. Dhoni and middle-order batsman Virat Kohli have proved India has inner strength, but even if they help India win the fourth Test in Nagpur and level the series, they still have to be honest with the state of their Test team,” Vaughan wrote in his column for the Telegraph.
“To draw a series 2-2 against England would be a failure for an Indian side playing at home. There are fundamental changes that have to be made to the culture and mentality of the Test set-up,” he added. “
He needs to produce a new Indian side playing with passion, commitment and energy. In other words, exactly how they play in Twenty20 and one-day cricket,” he further wrote.
Vaughan added: “He has a great coach alongside him in Duncan Fletcher but he needs more power to shape the direction of Indian cricket. “There have been times during this series when they have simply looked uninterested.
When they are on top, they are arrogant and buzzing. But as soon as England took control in Mumbai, seven or eight went missing,” he wrote.
“In the field Indian batsmen wander around disengaged, and uninterested. But that is when you need to help the bowlers. Run around and make sure you are backing up so the bowlers don``t have to do too much work in the field in such hot conditions,” he concluded.
First Published: Monday, December 17, 2012, 14:40