Team India haven’t been able to end their ICC series drought as they have repeatedly faced defeats in major ICC events. Recently, India lost to Australia in the World Test Championship Final where no major performance had been recorded from Indian batters. India had also suffered their defeat in the T20I World Cup. Meanwhile, former Indian cricketer Sunil Gavaskar has spoken about India’s struggle by citing technical factors. Gavaskar also said that no batter from the current Indian team has approached him for enlightenment. However, Gavaskar also noted that India’s former cricketers like Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman would pay him visit for his advice.
“No, no one has come. Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman regularly came to me. And they would approach me with specific problem and you could tell them something which you had observed,” Gavaskar told The Indian Express.
“I remember once calling Virender Sehwag out of the blue. He had not been scoring too many runs. I told him, ‘Viru, just try the off-stump guard’. So he asked, ‘why, Sunny Bhai?’ So I told him, ‘Look, you aren’t known for great footwork. What is happening is, sometimes you are getting out, you are reaching out for the delivery and it makes things difficult for you. So, maybe if you take the off-stump guard, you straight away know that the ball is outside the off-stump’. That is where the coach can come in with his inputs,” said Gavaskar.
“If the batters are making the same mistake over and over again, you need to ask what has happened with your technique. How have you tried to improve the batter? Have you tried to tell him, maybe take a different guard? Don’t take a leg-stump guard, take a middle and off-stump guard,” added Gavaskar.