Indians were not prepared to deal with England: Kapil

August 28th, 2011 - 7:13 pm ICT by IANS  

London, Aug 28 (IANS) Former captain Kapil Dev blasted the Indian cricket team for their failure to put up a fight and surrender their World No.1 Test crown to England.

India suffered a 0-4 whitewash in the series, which was their second worst defeat since the 0-5 clean sweep by England in 1959.

“They (the Indian players) were not properly prepared to deal with an England team that are playing top cricket at the moment,” Kapil was quoted was saying by The Sunday Times.

“After winning the World Cup in April, they played in the Indian Premier League (IPL) and then toured the West Indies, winning against the inexperienced side. So, they thought playing England would also be easy,” Kapil said.

Dismissing suggestions that Indians were tired before arriving in England due to non-stop cricket, Kapil said there was just no proper planning for the tough tour.

“The bowlers have to work harder. There is no short-cut to success. Only with proper training can they expect to do well. They were not fully prepared,” he said.

“I don’t know who can come in. The board must decide. But proper planning is important,” he said.

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