first_imgAfter successive 0-4 defeats in England and Australia, it is no surprise that no Indian player has made it to the latest ICC Test Team of the year. For those were not defeats, but debacles which exposed the inherent weaknesses of Indian players in overseas conditions like never before.In England, India managed 300 in just one of their eight innings, while Down Under, seven of their eight efforts fell short of 400. To make matters worse, the bowlers failed to put any kind of pressure on the opposition batsmen, resulting in four of the eight debacles being innings losses.The jury has clearly taken recent performances into consideration while finalising the team. That explains why South Africa, the new No.1 Test side, have five representatives in the 12. England, their immediate predecessors have three, while the West Indies, Pakistan, Australia and Sri Lanka provide a player each.India play mostly in familiar home conditions in the new seasons. This should help the team’s stock rise by the time the ICC comes up with its next dream team.last_img