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Kumble expects better show in Sydney

The Indian skipper blames the batsmen for failing to capitalise on the bowlers' good work and meekly surrendering to Australia in the Boxing Day Test.

cricket Updated: Dec 29, 2007 16:01 IST

Smarting from his first defeat as India captain, Anil Kumble on Saturday blamed the batsmen for failing to capitalise on the bowlers' good work and meekly surrendering to Australia in the Boxing Day Test.

Despite the Indian bowlers restricting the hosts to 343 in the first innings, the batsmen came a cropper in the match, in which the visitors were shot out for 196 in the first essay and bundled out for 161 in the second.

Kumble did not make any effort to defend his batsmen, who, he felt, did not perform to their potential.

"Yes (it's disappointing), especially after we fought back on the first day after lunch. The first innings was crucial. After we restricted them for less than 350, getting out for less than 200 was disappointing," Kumble said after the match.

The Indian captain said the team should have batted session-wise and tried to hang around to build big scores.

"We should have batted in sessions. We lost one wicket before lunch and then lost wickets in a hurry," he rued.

The veteran leg-spinner, however, was satisfied with the performance of his bowlers who grabbed 17 Australian wickets in the match.

Kumble, however, was confident that the batsmen would make amends when India meet the hosts for the second Test starting on January 2 at Sydney.

"The MCG wicket was difficult to bat on and play your shots. I hope Sydney would be better where ball would come onto the bat."