London: Bemoaning the loss of key players to injuries midway through the match, India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni also held the "variable bounce" at the Lord's pitch responsible for his team's massive defeat in the first Test against England.
"What we saw different from the 2007 series this time was the variable bounce. It became tough. In 2007, there was much more bounce but it was even too. It was interesting to see where I was standing as a keeper then. Zaheer bowls his overs from where I stand, and I used to do so by being 2-3 yards behind in 2007. Here I was standing 2-3 yards in front," Dhoni said after the 196-run loss match on Monday.
"It had an impact. In 2007 you could leave the deliveries. Here the bounce was very uneven. You couldn't leave each delivery because a few balls really kept low and never really carried. You had to look to play each delivery and when it bounced it was difficult."