Three pronged strategy
We need to field better, bowl better and bat better.
That is Greg Chappell after the Sri Lanka outing. Ouch! -- Wish he had avoided that particular line; it comes with too many memories, none of them good, attached.
To be fair, I would have been surprised if he had gone into a point by point analysis of the series, with a view to apportioning blame. Firstly because, if he is doing his job right, he has some very hard decisions to make and some very tough talking to do, and he isn't the man I hope he is if he choses the media as his preferred vehicle to do all that. And secondly, because there is nothing quite as dangerous for a coach as hair trigger analysis -- game over, here you go, the pros and cons all neatly packed inside of twelve hours?
Doesn't work that way -- a far better scenario is sitting down with the captain and senior management for a collective read on what was missing on the field of play; with the video analyst to work out the root cause of the more glaring problems; with the other experts on individual performances (As in, what's with Zaheer, really? Throughout this tournament, his run up has lacked that purpose; the gather and leap actually reduce momentum rather than accentuate it; the pace is missing, the control awry, the variations non-existent).
That's going to take a while... and I suspect the first indication of how well the job has been done will come when the team for India's next outing is picked.