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India were ragged: Nasser Hussain
Monday 25 July 2011

Former England captain Nasser Hussain termed India’s performance in the Test series against England so far as ‘ragged’. "India? Let's face it, they were very ragged. It's been noticeable that the guys who have done well for them in this Test - Ishant Sharma, Praveen Kumar, Rahul Dravid - were all out in the Caribbean recently," Hussain said.

"But too many of the others have come into this series just expecting to be attuned to the demands of Test cricket.

"Look at Zaheer Khan. We're told he's India's attack leader, but it's beyond belief that he was allowed to play in this Test with so little bowling behind him," he wrote in The Daily Mail.

Hussain blamed the Indian Premier League for not looking after the Indian players as one of the main reasons for India’s lackluster display.

"For him not to bowl at all in the second innings against Somerset was curious in the extreme. I've said before that the Indian Premier League has helped India get to where they are.

"It's given their players exposure to pressure situations and added an extra flair and muscularity to their one-day game," he said.

"But the IPL has meant they don't get to look after their players as well as, say, England do. It may not happen during this series, but eventually England will go past them for this very reason," Hussain conlcuded.

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