By CricketCountry Staff
Adelaide: Jan 29, 2012
An average Indian cricket fan is happy if Sachin Tendulkar scores a ton even if the team loses, and unless India does not change the “star system”, they will continue to struggle, opines former Australia captain Ian Chappell.
"The star system is well and truly ingrained in the Indian team and things won't improve, certainly not on the overseas Test match front, until this is changed," Chappell said on Sunday.
"The problem is that the star system is part of India's general culture and it's going to be difficult to change the approach in the cricket team. The average Indian fan is satisfied if Tendulkar scores a hundred but the team loses,” the former skipper was quoted as saying by ABC Online.
"India... needs to become a group of cricketers who perform as a team. It doesn't help when a number of those individually bright stars are playing for their own survival,” he said.
Chappell said success in all forms of the game made Indian cricketers lenient, as they are not putting in enough of hard work.
"Recent successes in all forms of the game has led to sloppy habits instead of a work and thought ethic that will bring prolonged success. Australia has played hard, competitive and smart cricket while India has just capitulated,” Chappell added.
Chappell also opines that coach Duncan Fletcher must shoulder the blame of India’s downfall as his side have now lost eight overseas matches on a trot