Melbourne : Former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram Thursday blasted the ageing Indian batting legends calling them “physically inadequate” and termed the world No.2 Test team’s humiliating defeat in Australia as a “sub-continental shame”.
India have lost seven consecutive Test matches abroad. They lost 0-4 to England and are trailing 0-3 in Australia.
“The conditions at Perth and Sydney exposed the physical inadequacies of an ageing cricketer,” Akram was quoted as saying by The Advertiser.
“Hot and humid conditions can be physically taxing and at the WACA, at least three senior Indian batsmen were simply too tired to move their feet and tackle a moving ball after fielding for almost two days. Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman and Tendulkar have been legends but past laurels don’t win you matches,” he said.
“India’s abject surrender is a sub-continental shame.”
Akram slammed the Indian team for only performing at home and the current series should be an eye-opener for the Board Of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).
“Seven straight overseas Test losses should send the BCCI a clear message: there is something seriously wrong in the way India are playing cricket and a team that was recently world No. 1 cannot afford to be just kings at home,” he said.