Openers ruined India in New Zealand, says Sunil Gavaskar

Sunil Gavaskar blamed the Indian openers who failed to give their side a good start on numerous occasions and recommended a 'horses-for-courses' policy if they are to defend their World Cup title Down Under next year.

updated: January 31, 2014 21:59 IST
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Following India's 87-run loss in the fifth and final ODI against New Zealand in Wellington on Friday, former India skipper and NDTV expert Sunil Gavaskar lamented Indian openers' inability to provide good starts as one of the top reasons for India's 4-0 rout. Among other factors, Gavaskar slammed the tour management's selection policies for the defeat. (Match report)

Not long ago, Mahendra Singh Dhoni's team failed to create an impact in South Africa and the poor performances have continued in New Zealand. While a lot of blame has been put on the India's listless bowling performances, Gavaskar pointed out that India's famed batting equally ruined them in New Zealand. (Highlights)

"India have not got off to a start at all. In South Africa and in New Zealand, we have not got off to a start of say 60-70 runs to make it easy for the batsmen to follow. India need to look into that aspect. India need to look at the combination," Gavaskar told NDTV from Wellington on Friday.

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