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    disjointed from the word go

    Former skipper Ajit Wadekar blamed coach Greg Chappell for India’s pathetic show at the World Cup after the team crashed out at the preliminary stage of the tournament.

    While criticizing the batting failure and abject surrender, Wadekar felt the team had not been allowed to settle down and thus failed to gel as a team.

    The team looked totally disjointed from the word go and their body language suggested that they lacked confidence in their abilities. I would not hesitate to say that the team lacked team spirit during the World Cup,” Wadekar told us.

    Could you explain the highlighted group of words?
    And also why here `would not' is used instead of `will not' because it is direct speech.
    Please help me.

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    Re: disjointed from the word go

    They looked bad from the start.

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