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Sunil Gavaskar claims that Indians lost at Southampton for complacency

Gavaskar had severely criticized the touring Indian cricket team for their terrible performance in the third test match against England at Southampton. Gavaskar said that the team was in the habit of getting complacent after a big win. The Lord’s win seems to have affected the Indian cricket team and became the cause for their dreadful loss. India went down by 266 runs in the Southampton Test. On the other hand it was evident that the extreme condemnation faced by England aided them in regaining their team momentum and form of several key players. Sunil Gavaskar slammed the Indians for their complacency. He added that Indians could not take the appropriate advantage of playing against a totally demoralized side. He was depressed about the slip fielding among other things of the Indians. “Zero resistance” is the word that Gavaskar used to explain India’s miserable surrender on the fifth and final day of the third Test while they had six wickets in hand. He claimed that apart from Ajinkya Rahane none of the other batsmen applied themselves and hence could not stay at the wicket. The former Indian captain duly appreciated Jimmy Anderson’s supreme bowling effort however he could not fathom Indian batsmen’s total submission. He recommended all Indians to play with a straight bat and wait for the ball to come on to the bat. He expected Murali Vijay to do much better things considering his present form and Cheteshwar Pujara to play the long innings he is known for.

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