India's poor Test show baffles Richard Hadlee

Richard Hadlee feels responding to the pressures is the biggest challenge for any Indian cricketer right now.

updated: April 10, 2014 16:12 IST
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India overcame the horrors of the last four months by storming through to the final of the ICC World Twenty20 but their rampant success in Bangladesh would have given their fans little solace, coming as it did in the back of another lost Test series in New Zealand. Mahendra Singh Dhoni's men had also gone down in the two-Test contest in South Africa prior to that and like other experts the world around, former Kiwi all-rounder Richard Hadlee was at a loss to put into perspective India's prolonged flop show.

After lifting the World Cup in 2011, great things were expected of a side that was on the verge of a major transition, but back-to-back whitewashes in England and Australia, followed by listless performances against the Proteas and the Black Caps, have added to a growing list of woes. India have been blessed with a talented pool of young cricketers and it looked like Virat Kohli, Shikhar Dhawan, Cheteshwar Pujara and Rohit Sharma would take over effortlessly from the stars, who made way for Gen X.

The transition is still only partly complete with the Indian team not even looking good enough to win outside its own shores and Hadlee put it down to the excruciating pressure every Indian player is put under.

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