Indian media slams team after Melbourne defeat

The Hindustan Times described India’s modest 282 and 169 totals as the ‘flop’ show Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

New Delhi: Dec 31, 2011

The Indian media came heavily on Mahendra Dhoni s men after their humiliating defeat at the hands of the Australia in the first Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

India suffered a crushing 122-run defeat in the series opener.

“Foreign fever returned to grip the Indian team- much like the English bowlers had done in England – with a heady cocktail of pace, bounce and movement served with relentless consistency,” noted the TOI.

“Virat Kohli invited further ridicule on himself by pointing to the bat after being adjudged lbw while Gambhir hopped around like a sparrow before edging a rising ball from Siddle to Ricky Ponting at second slip,” opined the TOI.

The Hindustan Times described India s modest 282 and 169 totals as the ‘flop show.

“Those expecting India’s much-vaunted batting line-up to give Australia a run for their money were disappointed when Dhoni and company surrendered without even putting up a semblance of a fight,” insisted cricket writer Rohit Bhaskar.

The Deccan Chronicle came down heavily on the seniors like Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman whose double MCG failure continued a poor record at his only Australian bogey venue.

“It was a miserable effort on Thursday from the Indian batsmen with Virender Sehwag (7), Gautam Gambhir (13), Rahul Dravid (10), VVS Laxman (1) and Virat Kohli (0) showing little appetite for the fight,” the Hyderabad paper said.