Gavaskar accuses India
Ganguly is down and out
Indian cricket legend Sunil Gavaskar has lambasted the team as being the biggest chokers in the game.
India were hammered in the VB Finals against Australia, losing the second game by a humiliating 208 runs.
Gavaskar, writing in a newspaper column, said: "So ordinary and unedifying was the sight of the batsmen getting dismissed regularly that the tag of 'chokers in crunch matches' now belongs to them and not South Africa, who had monopolised it for a long time now."
India's top six batsmen managed just 74 runs during their seven-wicket defeat in the first final at Melbourne on Friday, and contributed only 51 in the second on Sunday.
"India's top order had been softened in Perth and hadn't recovered at all," Gavaskar wrote in the Hindustan Times.
South Africa have a reputation for caving in particularly against Australia, the most famous occasion being the 1999 World Cup semi-final when they looked certain to win but failed in the final over.
India's spineless batting against the hosts in the one-dayers took much sheen away from their performances in the preceding four-Test series, where they confounded critics with a creditable 1-1 draw.