Bangalore: Skipper Saurav Ganguly, who has always stood tall even amidst most bitter criticisms, on Sunday admitted his poor run with the bat was a cause of concern."It is a cause for major concern... I had a tough year with the longer version of the game," said the skipper who totalled just 68 runs including a duck in the three-Test series against England.
Ganguly also said the overall batting performance of India needed to improve and become more consistent. Commenting on the third Test, Ganguly said since England had the first innings lead, it was in a better position to set the tone of the match. "We were not totally outplayed but it had the upper hand." Ganguly denied the team suffered because of complacence following the 10-wicket victory against England at Mohali and said the toss had been a vital factor in both Tests.
Ganguly justified Michael Vaughan's handling-the-ball-dismissal saying, "If you look at the rules of the game, he is out."The skipper did not delve at length on the much-debated bowling tactics adopted by the Englishmen and said, "It was aimed at stopping the flow of runs rather than picking up wickets. They could have been more attacking."Coach John Wright admitted tackling the negative bowling was a 'great challenge'. "We had the best player in the world struggling for runs. It was a great challenge. But it is a matter of debate whether it is good for the game or not.
"But it was certainly effective in restricting the flow of runs," the coach, whose tenure has been extended till the 2003 World Cup, said.