A lot of critics of this Indian team repeat, "sack the stars, save Team India"- but under the Fletcher regime, you've had three stars and one old non-star hand phased out- Dravid and Laxman retired, while Harbhajan and Mishra were thrown out. You had Pujara, Kohli, Ojha and Ashwin inducted- and all of them bar Pujara (under no pressure) have failed, and their failures have affected the team badly- the spin duo have been very poor in this series and handed two games on a platter. Kohli's form has had a dramatic reversal, and Pujara hasn't been as impressive under pressure of a first-innings deficit.
Just how much of a positive change can bringing in more youngsters make? Instead, the management should work on restoring the drooping form of the best players. Merely dropping the droops won't help when they're your best blokes. We've seen better from off-colour Kumble/Harbhajan/Kartik than we have of Ashwin/Ojha, and already we're talking of dropping a youngster (and a productive one) so soon. Surely, the management is at fault? When so many players, including the best ones, are failing, the responsibility lies with the management.
I don't buy the BCCI-gives-no-room excuse so easily. Other coaches managed well despite it, with the exception of Greg Chappell, who wanted fit athletes, but was forced to make do with stodgy geriatrics drafted by Dilip Vengsarkar, then Chief Selector. Even Chandu Borde and Lalchand Rajput have big trophies against their name- these blokes, with the least opposition to the BCCI, won an away Test series in England, the first World T20, and a triangular ODI series in Australia. Fletcher can't even win at home.
"Talent is nothing without opportunity"
"You're not remembered for aiming at the target, but hitting it"
Twenty20 used to be boring.