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

West Indies in South Africa, 2014-15

Dec 26, 2014 (14:00 IST)   at Port Elizabeth

Sri Lanka tour of New Zealand, 2014-15

Dec 26, 2014 (03:30 IST)   at Christchurch

India tour of Australia, 2014-15

Dec 26, 2014 (05:00 IST)   at Melbourne

West Indies in South Africa, 2014-15

Jan 2, 2015 (14:00 IST)   at Cape Town

Sri Lanka tour of New Zealand, 2014-15

Jan 3, 2015 (03:30 IST)   at Wellington

More

Pakistan vs New Zealand in UAE, 2014

Dec 19, 2014  at Abu Dhabi

New Zealand won by 68 runs

India tour of Australia, 2014-15

Dec 17, 2014  at Woolloongabba, Brisbane

Australia won by 4 wkts

Pakistan vs New Zealand in UAE, 2014

Dec 17, 2014  at Abu Dhabi

New Zealand won by 7 runs

West Indies in South Africa, 2014-15

Dec 17, 2014  at Centurion

South Africa won by an innings and 220 runs

England tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Dec 16, 2014  at Colombo

Sri Lanka won by 87 runs

Photos

India vs Australia, 2nd Test at Brisbane

Videos

Josh Hazlewood looks back at his 5-wicket haul

Live Cricket Score India vs Australia 2014-15, 2nd Test at Brisbane, Day 4: Australia win by 4 wickets, take 2-0 lead in the series

Pakistan vs New Zealand, 5th ODI at Abu Dhabi: Key clashes

Live Cricket Score, South Africa vs West Indies,1st Test, Day 3 at Centurion: Samuels and Chanderpaul rebuild for West Indies

Pakistan vs New Zealand 2014, 5th ODI at Abu Dhabi Preview: Teams prepare for high-octane finale

Anil Kumble Australia India Moments in history Ricky Ponting South Africa

ICC World Cup 2015: England announce 15-man squad

India vs Australia 2014-15, 2nd Test at Brisbane: Pitch curator shocked by India’s criticism

India vs Australia 2014-15: MS Dhoni admits batting collapse ‘cost us dear’

Saeed Ajmal takes 2/25 for Pakistan A as Kenya crumble for 61 all-out

Pakistan coach Waqar Younis wants fielding standards to improve

India vs Australia 2014-15, 2nd Test at Brisbane: Highlights

India’s collapse against Australia on 2nd Test at Brisbane: Did the visitors really bat badly on Day 4?

India vs Australia 2014-15, 2nd Test at Brisbane: Marks out of 10 for the hosts

India vs Australia 2014-15, Brisbane: India marks out of 10

Pakistan vs New Zealand 2014, 5th ODI at Abu Dhabi: Marks out of ten for the hosts

Fan of the Day

Suraj Gowda

Suraj Gowda

653 Posts | 10 Fans

India vs Australia: Murali Vijay's 144, Video highlights

प्रसिद्ध कथक नृत्यांगना सितारा देवी नहीं रही

More broadband connections to boost GDP growth in Asia Pacific: GSMA

India is becoming our largest overseas market, Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun says

Bigg Boss 8: Ali Quli Mirza, Renee Dhyani, Upen Patel, Praneet Bhatt, Sonali Raut – who should be evicted this week?

Revealed: The reason why Kishore Kumar’s biopic starring Ranbir Kapoor won’t feature Katrina Kaif!

अभिनेत्री प्रियंका चोपड़ा ने स्वच्छ भारत अभियान में हिस्सा लिया

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here