Duncan Fletcher should consider resigning as Indian coach

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India's last three Test matches have been nothing short of humiliating as England turned around a one-nil deficit to crush India by three Tests to one in their recent series.

After India won at Lord's, to take a lead in the series, all appeared rosy in the Indian camp and England were the side who were attracting all the criticism from onlookers.

Swings & roundabouts

How things have changed in such a short space of time since. Prior to Lords India had not won an away Test since their tour of the West Indies in 2011, a period spanning fifteen Tests and now it looks as though they may not win again for another fifteen Tests.

They are in such turmoil that somebody will probably pay the price for it.


Duncan Fletcher, the Indian coach, has attracted a lot of criticism for the performance of his side and the way they have almost surrendered the series to England. The Indian players have almost given up, have lacked very little fight and have lost the spark that was so prominent at Lord's.

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Should Duncan Fletcher, as head coach, accept full responsibility for the manner of these defeats and resign immediately? Whilst Fletcher can devise game plans, oversee coaching and try and lift morale, it is difficult for him when his players perform so disastrously when they cross the white line. I am sure he is as frustrated as all the India supporters watching from afar.

Captain's responsibility

Captain MS Dhoni should also accept some of the blame and has not been immune to criticism himself but one thing in his favour has to be the way he has batted in the face of adversity, perhaps the one Indian player who has stood up to England.

India have responded to their current debacle by appointing Ravi Shastri as team director for the upcoming ODI series against England. Is this the first step to Fletcher and India parting company?

Fletcher has already lost two of his sidekicks with fielding coach Trevor Penney and bowling coach Joe Dawes being rested for the ODI series. Fletcher no longer has his own men in charge so the move to remove him looks to be well on the way and is not looking subtle in any way.

52-year-old Shastri will need to concentrate on preparations for the side's defence of the World Cup in 2015 but there is very little time for either him, or a replacement coach, to prepare the side.

Readymade replacement

Is Shastri the man to lead India to the World Cup and beyond?

Although you cannot rule a talented Indian side from defending their trophy in Australia and New Zealand it is looking increasingly unlikely at the moment.

Whilst Fletcher is still considered head coach he is unlikely to be happy with Shastri taking charge of team affairs and probably over-ruling some of his decisions. Fletcher may well jump ship before he is pushed which could be the BCCI's aim after all.

Fletcher's future

What could the future hold for Fletcher?

Would he be interested in taking over as the West Indies new coach, as they have parted company with Ottis Gibson this week. They will no doubt be searching for an experienced international coach to replace Gibson and Fletcher has all the right credentials from his time with England.

Whatever the future holds for Fletcher the Indian players need to take a long hard look at themselves for their recent poor Test performances and if Fletcher does depart, either through being sacked or his own resignation, the players themselves must shoulder some of the blame for this sad end.

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