Olympic players disappointed with India's poor show in Australia

Ronjan Sodhi said Virat Kohli’s finger gesture was an embarrassing moment Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

Sydney: Jan 8, 2012

India s double trap shooting champion Ronjan Sodhi and other Olympic players are saddened by the performance of the national cricket team, which has lost the first two Tests of the crucial series against Australia Down Under.

Sodhi s coach from Australia, Russell Mark has been messaging him after India s defeat in the first Test in Melbourne regarding the team’s performance, and unfortunately, Ronjan has got silent.

“My Australian friends, including Russell, have been bombarding me with messages after the defeats. But I’ve not replied for the last 10 days as I don’t know what to say. They are teasing me because in shooting, we beat Australia all the time. And when India beats Australia in cricket, I also send similar SMSes to them,” said Ronjan, who is also a fan of Sachin Tendulkar.

Sodhi expresses that the finger gesture shown by Indian cricketer Virat kohli was one of the most embarrassing moments.

“After the Kohli incident, one of my Aussie friends sent a message saying ‘the Indians have forgotten to play with the bat and ball, and now they have started playing with fingers’. It was embarrassing,” Sodhi was quoted as saying by Mail Today.

Ronjan s manager Mansher Singh is also saddened by India s show Down Under. “Every morning I wake up charged, hoping to see India’s revival. But it’s not happening,” he said.

“It’s basically the mindset. The cricketers’ mindset has gone completely haywire. These people have lost out the sharpness to win while the Australians are scoring triple centuries. I’m shocked to see that they can’t stay at the crease and the team loses several wickets in every session. They are in IPL mode, in terms of their thought process. They also look fatigued after the World Cup triumph,” Singh said.

Zafar Iqbal, India s former hockey captain says, “The Aussies have the home advantage and, no doubt, they’re a good team. Their teamwork is always very strong, even in hockey. They have a clear-cut game plan and they are not bothered by big names, like a Tendulkar or a Dhanraj Pillay, in the opposition ranks.”

Zafar opines that Indian batsmen have failed to adjust to Australian pitches. “What I’ve noticed is that they are not able to play on the bouncier and faster pitches. Also, they (Aussies) have looked more determined than us.”

Golfer Gaurav Ghei, who is the first Indian to win an Asian Tour event in 1995 says, “Obviously, there’s something wrong, if you are not winning. Every time we play, our batsmen have a problem in handling pacers on bouncy pitches. We should get stronger in that area.”

However, the ace golfer opines that criticism should be balanced. “It’s more than a game, bordering on fanaticism, considering its large following. It has a different bond with people. We’re very negative about cricketers,” he said.