Former India captain Mohammad Azharuddin has urged India to take more responsibility away from home after India recorded their 10th away defeat in 11 Tests.

 

“I had observed Shikhar’s problem with short ball when he played for India in the Champions Trophy in England. There he scored runs and it was not noticed but I had an idea that this would create problems. Shikhar does not have the proper technique to play short ball. He has a flaw in his basic technique,” Azharuddin told PTI in an interview.

 

“Our opening partnership is of big concern. Since the South Africa series, we have not got good starts. Since, we are coming to play here In World Cup, adaptability is key and opening will be major concern for India in next year’s World Cup,” Azhar pointed out.

Asked to elaborate on Dhawan’s problems, the 50-year-old explained, “Firstly, he doesn’t leave the rising deliveries and has a tendency to awkwardly fend at it which is wrong”.

 

“Secondly, he stands outside the crease which is the reason he meets the rising delivery early which is also a mistake”, he said.

 

“The more you use the depth of the crease, it helps you play the ball late. A 145 kmph delivery’s speed will reduce by a few kilometers if you stand inside the crease”.

 

But having pointed out Dhawan’s mistakes, he also admitted that there aren’t too many openers in the horizon either.

 

“That’s also a problem. Viru (Virender Sehwag) hasn’t scored any runs and Gautam (Gambhir) I believe also has problems with short deliveries. So what does Dhoni do? He has a genuine problem,” Azhar, who is a Member of Parliament from Moradabad, said.

 

Azharuddin, a veteran of 99 Tests and 334 One Day Internationals (ODIs), was also not happy with the team combination in the ongoing series against New Zealand and questioned the team management’s decision to keep pacer Umesh Yadav out of the side.