Birmingham, Aug 12: India opener Gautam Gambhir has solemnly admitted that his side has not played competitive or astute cricket in the ongoing tour of England and the entire unit must swallow the blame collectively. The slightly belated admission came after England amassed a humongous 456 on Day 2 of the third test.
"To be honest, we have not played some smart cricket on this tour. It's not just one individual but the entire unit which takes the responsibility," Gambhir said.
Down 0-2, India, after being all out for 224 in the first innings, saw England extend their lead to 232.
However, Gambhir believed that it would be improper to write off India on the basis of one series.
"One series here and there doesn't take the credit away from us. We've played some good cricket over the last two and a half years. We still have a lot of talent in dressing room, there is still a lot of cricket left in the series and we can play some good cricket and try and show some character."
The largest issue confronting the Indian batsmen has been their stodginess to perform in conditions which favour seam and swing bowling.
"Whenever you go overseas and your batsmen are not able to do well, you face the same question. If we had not done well in South Africa, we would have faced the same question."
The Southpaw reckoned that while England were able to grab the initiative, his side wasn't able to hold on to its advantage in the series.
"One needs to give credit to England. They have always taken the initiative. They have put us in a lot of pressure.
"No doubt we are not able to hold on to our chances. But it's not due to shortage of effort. Sometimes things don't go your way. Hopefully, in the coming days the rub of green goes our way and we can show some character and live up to our reputation and talent," Gambhir said.
According to Gambhir, India's largest worry at the moment has been their inability to make good starts count.
"Unfortunately, we haven't been able to convert those 30-40s into big runs, except Dravid. That's the only difference. England, on the other hand, has batted well. Cook has batted brilliantly and shown lot of patience, grit and determination. That's Test cricket - when you are in, try to make as big runs as possible.