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‘India must learn to perform better overseas’

‘India must learn to perform better overseas’
BCCI joint secretary Anurag Thakur has said that the powerful cricket body needs to work on a lot of issues for the overall health of the sport, with the the national team’s ‘disappointing’ performance in Tests abroad topping the priority list.

India have lost 11 of their last 15 overseas Tests, drawing other three and winning at Lord’s in their
last away tour.

‘I am quite disappointed with the team’s performance in the Test matches. We had a great opportunity in England after winning at Lord’s. Unfortunately things went wrong, we could not perform well after that win. We need to learn from previous goof-ups we have made and work on a strategy to improve overseas performance, especially in Tests,’ said Thakur.

The team faces another away Test in December when it tours Australia for a full-series with the ghosts of the 0-4 whitewash in the previous series still lingering. ‘I think Australia series will be really important. The Test matches personally holds a lot of importance for me and I think the BCCI too is equally concerned,’ said Thakur, who is also a seasoned politician.

The BJP MP and an avid cricket lover feels the talent pool needs to increase so the existing players are rotated properly. ‘We also need to look at the talent pool as enough quality players should be available for selection in cases of injury. We also need to focus more on rehab so that there is less injury lapse and players are able to perform better,’ said Thakur.
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