MS Dhoni's team lacked killer instinct in South Africa: Sunil Gavaskar

Former India batsman Sunil Gavaskar says the culture of gaining first innings lead in domestic cricket does not encourage Indian sides to go for outright wins after batting well in the first innings.

updated: January 05, 2014 17:22 IST
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Even though skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni feels that India's Test series in South Africa was fantastic, cricket pundits feel the team should have done better than a 1-0 loss in the Rainbow Nation. Former batting great Sunil Gavaskar is of the view that India failed to launch a killer blow against South Africa in the two Tests. (Read: I would've strangled South African groundsmen for being too kind to India, says Geoffrey Boycott)

"India's cricketers returned after a disappointing tour of South Africa where a couple of bad sessions cost them the Test series. They had done exceptionally well to be in a winning position in the first Test, but even while accepting that the pitch had slowed down and become easier for batting, it looked that the Indians did not know how to land the knockout punch," he wrote in his column in the Times of India.

Gavaskar, meanwhile, says one of the factors that could have led to the team's failure to land the knockout blow was the culture of banking on a first innings lead in India's domestic circuit. In a total of 108 group matches this Ranji season almost half the number of games (51) have been decided on the basis of a first innings lead.

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