Venkatesh Prasad Attacks Rahul Dravid, Hardik Pandya After Loss To West Indies In T20Is, Says 'Hunger, Fire' Missing
Former bowler Venkatesh Prasad has criticised the Indian cricket team for losing another white-ball series, this time to the West Indies in T20Is.
Prasad reminded the entire world that the West Indies were unable to qualify for the ICC Men's T20 the world Cup in Australia last year, and that losing to them is a major concern. Even in one-day internationals this month, the West Indies posed a threat to India.
India won the series 2-1, however their performance was condemned for being inadequate.
Prasad, who is renowned for being vocal about Team India's performance, took to X (previously Twitter) to criticise the team after a dismal performance. According to Prasad, India has been on the 'average side' in the previous year or so, and introspection is required.
The former Indian pacer stated that it is important to hold people accountable and not bury these losses. He was unafraid to suggest that Hardik Pandya and his teammates lacked the passion and fire to win games.
In response to Prasad's comments, an X user inquired about his thoughts on India T20 skipper Hardik Pandya and the team management led by Rahul Dravid. Even here, Prasad did not mince words when he stated that they should be held accountable.
He stated that the team has no idea what 'process' they are referring to, in contrast to MS Dhoni, who knew exactly what he was doing. "They are to blame for the shambles and must be held accountable." Process and similar terms are now overused.
MS meant it, and guys now just say it. There is no consistency in selection, and too much randomness occurs."
Former Indian player said that it is now critical to go beyond the 'yes men' in Indian cricket to the greater cause. "India must improve their skill set." There is a lack of hunger and intensity, and the skipper frequently seems bewildered. Bowlers cannot bat, and batsmen cannot bowl.
"It's important not to look for yes men and be blinded because someone is your favourite player, but to look at the big picture," Prasad added.
In the last year, India has lost a lot of white-ball series and competitions. From the Asia Cup to the World Cup, India's setbacks show the country's inability to field a competitive T20 team. In the last year, India has also lost ODI series to Australia and Bangladesh.