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Sad that batting failed collectively, says Dravid

Rahul Dravid, India's only batsman to have clicked in Test series against England, yesterday conceded that his side have been beaten by a much better team and the collective failure of the visitors needs introspection.

cricket Updated: Aug 22, 2011 10:05 IST
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Rahul Dravid, India's only batsman to have clicked in Test series against England, on Sunday conceded that his side have been beaten by a much better team and the collective failure of the visitors needs introspection.

"Sadly, collectively it's been a tough tour. It's been a long time since it has happened. Generally 2-3 guys succeed in
every series, people have bad tours but this is rare all batsmen have not played as a unit which is sad," he said at
the end of the fourth day's play of the fourth and final Test at the Oval.

"We've been found wanting against a better team and we need to look at the set of skills we have and how we need to get better at it," he added.

Dravid's superb form has been in complete contrast to the wretched run of his team-mates but he did not put it down to lack of effort on their part.

"It's not for lack of effort with the guys. But cricket at the end of the day is a mental game also. It's also about the space of your mind and how you get it right," said Dravid, who has scored three centuries in four matches, including the unbeaten 146 on Sunday.

Dravid said India's batting failure and England's bowling superiority has led to his side's series loss.

"(Our poor performance) has been a combination of things. Their bowling has been very good, they have shown a lot of discipline the ball has swung at pace right throughout, sometimes in 70-80 overs, the wickets have been spicy and we have not been on top of our game."

Dravid showed a sense of hurt when he challenged England to do as well in India as they have done here in home conditions.

"They were superior to us in home conditions. They come to India next year sometimes. Whatever the Indian team is, it would look to address and correct this series. Those will be our conditions. How the series goes in our conditions will be England's biggest challenge," he said.

"It's not easy for a lot of sides. Australia and West Indies came and won. England needs to come and do it. They have skills and players but it still needs to be done. Lot of teams who came had skills but they did not win in India. We would be looking forward to that."

Dravid, who became the fourth highest century maker in Test history with his 35th ton, said that there are lessons to be learnt, things to work upon and get better.

"England are a well-drilled team at top of their game. They have good skills and good fitness. We were not up to scratch and they showed us," he said.