Indian batsmen should be sent back to the national academy to learn how to deal with short-pitched bowling, former captain Sunil Gavaskar said in St Lucia.

India, who lost all three of their Super Eight games and were eliminated from the Twenty20 World Cup, struggled in Barbados against the aggressive bowling of Australia and West Indies.

"Because India have some serious test series coming up in the next year and a half ... in South Africa, West Indies and Australia, we need to go to our National Cricket Academy where there are a lot of young players in camp," said former captain Gavaskar.

"Some of the young fast bowlers could be asked to bowl short stuff from 16 or 18 yards or the batsmen could practice with the bowling machine."

The former opener said a spell in the academy would drill the right mindset into the modern generation.

"It's a matter of preparing yourself mentally and getting physically used to transferring the balance from front foot to back foot, that is what they need to practice," said Gavaskar.