Nottingham (UK), Aug 2 (ANI): After losing the second Test match to England and giving the host team a 2-0 lead in the four match test series, Indian captain M. S. Dhoni said the team's batting failure is a cause for concern.
Dhoni attributed the loss to the absence of key fast bowlers in the team.
"There were quite a few things that were also bothering us, you know missing one of your key fast bowlers, you know, when you are playing with four bowlers, it becomes a bit difficult to maneuver things but still I think, you know, the bowlers; they took up the responsibility, they had to bowl a lot of overs, which they did, and you know, they still got us breakthroughs at valuable time and, the other important thing is, you know, it's important to score runs and put them on board, which means we are slightly lacking that, you know, right from the last series we played. We have not really scored power plus scores consistently, you know," said Dhoni.
The reputation of the Indian team as the best Test side in the world is at stake after losing to England in two test matches.
Going by statistics, England now need to draw the next two test matches to clinch the title of the number one in Tests.
Praising the England team for its stupendous performance, Dhoni said the need of the hour for the Indian team is to regroup before start of the Edgebaston Test.
"I think they are playing very good cricket, and you know, in a situation like this what you want to do is, you know, as a team, you want, to be at your best, but you know, we have not been really been able to do that, I think that is the major difference between the two sides but we are hoping, you know , we have some time to regroup before the next test match, so hopefully, we'll be at our best before the start of the next test match," he added.
Before the start of the Test series, fans were hoping for the much awaited 100th test century from Sachin Tendulkar, but the maestro has also failed to deliver when it was required the most.
Highlighting the performance of Ian Bell and Tim Bresnan, England captain, Andrew Strauss said his team performed brilliantly and they are now the new favorites to win the entire series.
"I thought that it was an outstanding performance from the guys, you know we were twice in the position where India looked very much the favorites to win the game....and there were some outstanding individual performances, obviously Stuart Broad with the bat and the ball in the first innings to rescue our batting performance and then to turn the match, but also Ian Bell and Tim Bresnan in the second innings, they gave us breathing space to be able to go on and then be favorites to win the game from there," said Strauss. By Praful Kumar Singh (ANI)