New Delhi: Former Indian captain Mohammad Azharuddin pointed out that lack of consistency as the major reason behind India's defeat in the one-day international series against Australia.
"Team India lack consistency. They have not performed consistently for the last 6-8 months and lost some close games. They need to win those close games," said Azharuddin.
"Australia are a tough side. India are also no less and they have a lot of talent. But they are still a bit behind top teams like Australia and South Africa," he said.
Former captain also adviced the players maintain a fitness regime and requested them not hide injuries.
"Most of the players these days play with injury and hide it. Why are they doing that? They are doing something wrong by hiding injuries. My advice to players is to tell your physio or doctor about your problem. It's important to get it diagnosed properly so as to prolong cricketing career," said Azharuddin at the concluding session of Sports Medcon here.
"Another problem is when the players go home after their hectic schedules they tend to become casual. They don't do anything and compromise with their fitness regime. Sometimes it invites injuries. So what happens that when they return to conditioning camp, they were not fit or little obese."
Azhar recalled 1987 world cup matches in which he was forced to play with the injuries.
"I felt the pain after the second match and consulted the doctors. However, they didn't diagnose me properly and gave me Cortisone injections.
"I had 25-30 injections over a period of time. I really struggled with the problem for five years. As a result, I became obese and missed many games. That injections was fine for one day, but pain again comes on second day," said Azharuddin, who captained India in 47 Tests and 174 ODIs.