India struggled in New Zealand. Most of the batsmen failed to show resilience against a formidable Kiwi line-up as they succumbed imposing no real threat. As a result, the top ranked Test side, registered their first series loss in the inaugural World Test Championship.
India have also struggled against England in the past. Their overseas record has been questionable. In an interaction with PTI, former national selector Dilip Vengsarkar, who turned 64 on Monday lamented about the need of domestic cricket for current crop of players.
You had to raise the bar against World Class bowlers: Dilip Vengsarkar
Dilip Vengsarkar proved his mettle as a batsman during his teenage. He took bowlers under the likes of Bishan Bedi, Erapalli Prasanna, Bhagwat Chandrasekhar or Rajinder Goel in Ranji Trophy games to the cleaners.
“In the domestic circuit, we got chance to face likes of Bishan Bedi, Erapalli Prasanna, Bhagwat Chandrasekhar or Rajinder Goel in Ranji Trophy games. You had to raise the bar against these world class bowlers.
‘Current players do not get an opportunity to play do domestic cricket’
The current crop of players opt to play county cricket besides taking part in the Ranji trophy. A lot of players do not get a chance to play domestic cricket due to the international schedule. Vengarkar, lamented on the point, and said that the current crop of players do not get to play a lot of international matches.
“Unfortunately, the current generation, they don’t get an opportunity to play domestic cricket. If you are not playing domestic cricket then you adjust. Fast or spin, its abut adjustment. Bottom line is scoring runs whether you are playing at Lord’s, Headingley or Eden Gardens.
“Read the wicket, see the situation, adapt to the wicket is what matters. Those things you learn as you play more,” he said.