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    Time has come for Duncan Fletcher to go, says Sunil Gavaskar

    After disaster tours of South Africa, New Zealand and early exit from Asia Cup pressure is piling up on India's coach Duncan Fletcher. Former captain and India's legend Sunil Gavaskar feels that a younger coach can help Team India.

    "It (Indian cricket) seems to be in a freefall that looks tough to arrest," Gavaskar wrote in his column for the Times of India. "What Indian cricket needs right now is a younger coach who will want to be out working with the team and not looking to put his feet up at the slightest chance. A young coach will galvanise the players and give them a fresh direction and energy. Look how Australia have turned it around in a few months by getting a younger man as coach."

    Gavaskar also feels Indian fans shouldn't expecting their team to defend the World Cup in 2015. "There will be some who will argue that changing coaches with just one year to go is not a wise move, but unless that is done Indian cricket will continue to go down."

    It's not the first time that Fletcher's role has been questioned. Earlier this week, former India captain Dilip Vengsarkar was clearly not at all happy about the fact that the former Zimbabwe international and ex England team coach Fletcher has not bothered to watch any domestic cricket in between tours since taking over the Indian coaching assignment from Gary Kirsten. "I don't know what his contract says but he is just content being with the team watching international cricket which is not good enough. He should be watching domestic cricket so that he can also give suggestions to selectors," he said.

    According to the reports, Fletcher also left for South Africa just after India were knocked out of Asia Cup in Bangladesh. With World T20 just a week away, Fletcher task should be to re-group Team India for the tournament and get their mindsets right.