London: Dec 10, 2012
He handpicked some of Indian cricket’s big names and questioned their commitment towards Test cricket in the wake of the India’s back-to-back defeat in the ongoing four-Test series against England.
“India have big questions to answer in the aftermath of the Kolkata Test and the biggest surrounds the attitude of their near God-like top names,” Hussain wrote in his column for the Daily Mail.
“When the likes of MS Dhoni, Gautam Gambhir and the rest went back to their hotel rooms after that defeat in the third Test, how much were they hurting? How much hunger for the long-haul form of the game with its mental and physical demands have these multi-millionaire players still got?
“Are they thinking, deep down, ‘Never mind’, and prioritising instead the fun, glamour and huge financial rewards that come from the Indian Premier League?”
“(Coach Duncan) Fletcher will want to look into the eyes of Dhoni, Gambhir, Virender Sehwag and even (Sachin) Tendulkar to see how much hunger they have,” he wrote in his piece.
Hussain feels India desperately need a win in the last Test in Nagpur, begining December 13 to redeem their battered reputation to some extent.
“That is the crux of the issue now for India. The last thing their cricket needs, really, is a win in Nagpur and a share of this series because all that would do is paper over the cracks.