In a dismal display, India couldn’t even achieve the one thing that might have sent them to Perth on a positive note; a century of international hundreds for Sachin Tendulkar.
He only has himself to blame for not reaching the magical landmark; once again he failed to dictate to the bowlers as he neared the landmark.
A first innings total of 191 is where India lost the game. Part of the art of batting is to learn from your mistakes and the Indian batsmen, Tendulkar included, are paying for repeatedly falling into the same trap.
Virender Sehwag is the batsman India desperately needs to learn from his mistake of constantly hitting the cut shot in the air. India is also paying for a shortsighted selection policy over the last few years. The batting line-up has been crying out for an injection of youth and perhaps six overseas losses in succession will convince the selectors of the error of their ways.