Players deserve fans' criticism: Gambhir

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Published: Tuesday, January 17, 2012, 11:54 [IST]
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We have let the nation down: Gambhir

Adelaide, Jan 17: After a humiliating loss to Australia and the continuation of yet another disastrous overseas tour, India's opening batsman Gautam Gambhir admits that the team deserves criticism form the fans.

All the three Test matches have witnessed a batting collapse and Gambhir takes responsibility for not giving the team the right start which happens to be very crucial as it sets the foundation for other batsmen.

"We have not played well. If you want to be number 1 we have to start winning series. Whatever backlash is happening back home, we accept it. We have let the nation down. Hopefully we can turn it around," Gambhir said.

Also added that it has been a disappointing series so far, as nothing has gone India's way but still hopes remain in the team to stay positive.

He also said that the team would want to win the Adelaide Test as they "want to take a win going into the ODI series".

Gambhir also rejected the hype surrounding the master blaster's impending 100th ton as he said "The objective was to win the series. If Sachin scored his 100th 100 and we lost, we would not have been happy." He also gave due credit to the Aussies as they have played very well throughout the series.

"Australia is always a tough place to win. We should not be hesitant to give credit to the opposition. They always kept us on the hook," he said.

While everyone are targetting the seniors, Gambhir came in defence of VVS Laxman, who has been struggling badly on this tour, "why criticize one person? Why look at only VVS? He has been a legend. Nobody should decide on his retirement. Only he should," Gambhir said.


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