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Batsmen let us down in South Africa: Vengsarkar

Published: Tuesday, January 9, 2007, 23:53 [IST]
 
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Mumbai:On his return from South Africa, chief selector Dilip Vengsarkar kept his cards close to his chest on a possible chopping exercise but he had not a iota of doubt in his mind that the batsmen let the team down in the land of the Proteas.

Returning home a day after Team India had come back after losing both the ODI and Test series, Vengsarkar said, ''I think the batting really collapsed there. Batting was our strong point but they really messed it up.'' India lost the One-dayers 4-0 and the Tests 2-1 even though they managed their lone Test win in South Africa at Johannesburg.

Apart from Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman to some extent, no other Indian batsmen could do justice to their reputation in South Africa and BCCI secretary Niranjan Shah also openly criticised the batsmen.

Asked if there would be large-scale chopping-and-dropping exercise before the twin home series against West Indies and Sri Lanka, a non-committal Vengsarkar said, ''I really don't know what will happen. We are meeting on January 12 and will decide it there.'' In the meeting, the selectors would pick team for the first two ODIs against the West Indies and also the World Cup probables.

Asked about the logic behind playing an injured Munaf Patel in the third Test ahead of offie Harbhajan Singh, who spent the entire series as a bench-warmer, Vengsarkar said, ''You may say a lot of things in hindsight, which I really do not believe in.''

UNI

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