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After rout, hard choices ahead

It was a tough wicket to bat on, but we should have made a good fight of it in Chennai. We did not score enough and that proved to be our undoing.

india Updated: Dec 11, 2010 23:37 IST

It was a tough wicket to bat on, but we should have made a good fight of it in Chennai. We did not score enough and that proved to be our undoing.

A score of around 200 would have given us something to bowl at and the match would have been competitive. Unfortunately, we did not do that and ended up losing wickets in a heap.

I will not criticise the pitch because as a bowler I do not mind pitches that help the bowlers quite a bit. The result would have made all the difference. It's hard to comment on pitches especially if you are on the losing side.

Looking back on this series, I guess James Franklin has been one positive for us. He played three games and showed us that he could be in the World Cup squad.

He played well under pressure and may have sealed his spot. The other person to do well was Nathan McCullum.

He came on to bowl in tough situations and batted pretty well.

Both these guys can build on the confidence they have in the next series against Pakistan.

As we head home, we will have some decisions to make. There will be many who may want us to use the chopping board.

Unfortunately, different areas of our game need to be addressed. I have to make most of the decisions since I am both selector and captain.

I think we did not play as a team. A good batting performance was backed by a poor bowling performance. India managed to score on all facets and played as a team at all times.

Now, every player in the domestic set-up will have a chance to get into the World Cup squad.

The good thing is that there are some good young players who are knocking on the door. You always hope for something good to happen from something bad. Maybe, this is our opportunity.

We have to stay strong and fight through this period. The series that we have gone through should toughen us up for future series, especially the World Cup.

The biggest plus for me on the tour was our showing in the Test matches. We fought our way through and showed that we can compete.

Our goal was to improve our Test rankings and move higher on the ladder. I am glad we have done that.

India head to South Africa to play, what I believe, will be an engrossing series. I will be following it as an interested neutral. I think it will be a fabulous series.

We head home to play Pakistan. There are quite a few new players from the time we played them last year.

They are a talented side who can do anything on their day. We have to ensure that we quickly put these series losses in the sub-continent behind us and start on a fresh note.

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