|Player:||RS Dravid, SR Tendulkar, D Mongia|
DateLine: 25th September 2006
Indian captain Rahul Dravid blamed poor batting for the team's failure to reach the final of the DLF Cup and has told his players they need to stop the rot before the Champions Trophy next month.
The dejected Indians left Malaysia with plenty to dwell on after throwing away a chance to beat Australia on Friday — their ninth loss in 10 matches to the world's top team. It cost them a place in Sunday's final against the West Indies.
"Except for the first match we did not bat well. We will have to individually and collectively think about it," said Dravid, who admits he was one of the culprits in a series funded by the Indian cricket board.
"It is important for all of us to be counted. I didn't have a very good tournament. I would be the first one to put my hands up and say I should have performed much better in the tournament," he said. "Responsibility starts from the top. I need to bat better and that probably goes down the line. Everyone in the team has to look at how they played in the critical situations."
Aside from Sachin Tendulkar, who scored an unbeaten century on his comeback from injury, and Dinesh Mongia in Friday's match, none of India's batsmen rose to the challenge when it mattered.
But Dravid denied India's inability to make the final had anything to do with his captaincy, or strategy.
"You need to bat well. I don't think we are losing games because of poor strategy. If you are asked to chase 213 on a pretty good wicket, you need batsmen to score and get good partnerships. We just have to look into how to improve our batting."