Home > News >

India tour of England 2014: India’s loss sets off flood of angry criticism

MS Dhoni, who had a fine series with the bat, was also not spared © Getty Images
MS Dhoni, who had a fine series with the bat, was also not spared © Getty Images

New Delhi: Aug 18, 2014

India‘s spectacular series defeat against England set off a flood of angry criticism Monday, with some fans calling for captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni to go and others saying players should forfeit their wages.

Sunday’s innings and 244-run defeat in the fifth Test at The Oval saw England take the five-match series 3-1, marking yet another crushing away loss for Dhoni’s men.

“Spineless India blown away,” read the Hindustan Times daily’s front-page headline.

“If Indian fans had thought nothing could be worse than the 0-4 Test series rout they suffered in England in 2011, they were in for a surprise on Sunday.”

India’s leading cricket writer Ayaz Memon tweeted that the defeat was “worse than a whitewash of an ageing team”, calling it the “disintegration of a side that held out so much promise for the future”.

The Mail Today newspaper, under the headline “Disastrous duo must go,” demanded that India’s World Cup-winning captain and coach Duncan Fletcher be sacked after a run of poor Test performances outside the country.

The Times of India went a step further, demanding that the country’s “pampered and highly paid” cricketers give up their substantial pay packets.

“At the very least, they should be made to forfeit their wages for their embarrassingly inept performances in the last three Tests,” it said, suggesting the money could instead be given to the women’s team.

Even India’s top politicians — usually the first to congratulate the country’s cricketers — joined the masses on social media to mock the team’s performance.

“The first people to take (prime minister) Modi’s speech seriously is the Indian cricket team. Their runs will now only be Made in India,” tweeted veteran politician Digvijaya Singh, referring to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s recent call to strengthen the country’s manufacturing sector.

Catch all the coverage of India’s tour to England here

Bangladesh Tour of West Indies, 2014

Sep 13, 2014 (19:30 IST)   at Gros Islet, St Lucia

World T20 League 2014

Sep 17, 2014 (20:00 IST)   at Hyderabad

World T20 League 2014

Sep 18, 2014 (20:00 IST)   at Mohali

World T20 League 2014

Sep 19, 2014 (20:00 IST)   at Raipur

World T20 League 2014

Sep 20, 2014 (16:00 IST)   at Mohali

More

World T20 League 2014

Sep 16, 2014  at Raipur

Northern Knights won by 6 wkts

World T20 League 2014

Sep 16, 2014  at Raipur

Lahore Lions won by 55 runs

World T20 League 2014

Sep 14, 2014  at Raipur

Mumbai Indians won by 9 wkts

World T20 League 2014

Sep 14, 2014  at Raipur

Northern Knights won by 72 runs

World T20 League 2014

Sep 13, 2014  at Raipur

Lahore Lions won by 6 wkts

Photos

West Indies vs Bangladesh, 2nd Test at Gros Islet

Videos

Anderson plays golf with Jaguar competition winners

Northern Knights crush Mumbai Indians by 6 wickets in CLT20 2014 Qualifiers; Lahore Lions, Knights qualify

Hobart Hurricanes in CLT20 2014, Preview: Underdogs, who have their task cut out

Perth Scorchers in CLT20 2014 Preview: BBL champions start as underdogs

Jonty Rhodes — what if the famous leap to run-out Inzamam-ul-Haq hadn’t come off

Champions League T20 (CLT20) 2014: Lahore Lions’ fate mimics that of Pakistan

Bangladesh Bangladesh tour of West Indies 2014 Bangladesh vs West Indies Bangladesh vs West Indies 2014 Champions League T20 Champions League T20 2014 CLT20 CLT20 2014 Lahore Lions Mumbai Indians Northern Knights Southern Express West Indies West Indies vs Bangladesh West Indies vs Bangladesh 2014

Mumbai Indians let down by batsmen in CLT20 2014: Kieron Pollard

Tamim Iqbal, Mominul Haque lead Bangladesh’s fightback on Day 4 in 2nd Test against West Indies

Star India backs out of MCA sponsorship deal

CLT20 2014: We are keen to win this tournament, says Dolphins coach Lance Klusener

Northern Knights crush Mumbai Indians by 6 wickets in CLT20 2014 Qualifiers; Lahore Lions, Knights qualify

CLT20 2014: Why Mumbai Indians failed to recreate the magic

Hobart Hurricanes in CLT20 2014, Preview: Underdogs, who have their task cut out

Test Cricket: Then and Now

Dolphins in CLT20 2014 Preview: South African champions can be a surprise package

Perth Scorchers in CLT20 2014 Preview: BBL champions start as underdogs

Fan of the Day

Suraj Gowda

Suraj Gowda

635 Posts | 7 Fans

Yuvraj Singh in Anupam Kher show

5 types of heart disease common in type 2 diabetics

Apple rolls back iPhone 5S price drop in India

5 natural sources of vitamin B9 you need in your diet

Ashutosh Gowariker: Nobody can take the remote from me when I’m watching Bigg Boss

Official Xiaomi Redmi 1S back cover and screen protector now available on Flipkart, priced at Rs 469 and Rs 179 respectively

Kumkum Bhagya: Will Abhi bring Pragya back home?

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here