Kolkata, March 30 -- What India should not do in the immediate aftermath of the 0-6 defeat to UAE is stop such friendlies. If anything, the loss should get the All India Football Federation (AIFF) to redouble efforts and organise more games. Because there is no practice like match practice. And what better way to improve than being pitted against a side 30 rungs higher in the Fifa rankings. So bring on Syria (76), China (75), Vietnam (93), Oman (81), Haiti (84), Lebanon (92), Jordan (95) and Bahrain (97). Teams that are above India (104) in the Fifa rankings but still some distance from the top 50.

The other thing India should not do is pay heed to calls for removal of the coaching staff and make sweeping changes to the players' roster. ...