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Ravi Shastri: India should have batted first
August 27, 2007
Ravi Shastri feels fielding was the major differentiator between India and England
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Ravi Shastri: "India needed one of the top three to go on and make a hundred. 50s and 60s are not enough when chasing a score like 280" © Getty Images

Siddhartha Vaidyanathan: Hello and welcome to Cricinfo Talk and as always, I'm joined by the former India captain, Ravi Shastri. Ravi, India behind in the series, a lot of work to be done in the fielding department...

Ravi Shastri: Huge work to be done because that's going to be one of their downsides through this one-day series. Once again, I thought, that was the biggest difference between the two sides. England saved at least 25-30 runs today as opposed to when India were fielding - they conceded that many runs more. India needs to realise its strengths - win the toss, bat first in conditions like this and make the most of it. Once you put a side in and cannot bowl them out for 250, you're going to be under tremendous pressure. Also, one of the main reasons why you should bat first in good conditions is because you have got two spinners in the side.

SV: The batting, Ravi, there were some good knocks out there... Sourav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid - but really a lot to be desired in terms of strike rotation?

RS: You have got to rotate the strike. A lot of singles needed to be taken, but what you need when chasing a big score like 280 is one of the top three to go on and make a hundred. 50s and 60s are not good enough and that was the case today.

SV: A word on the team composition ... leaving out Ajit Agarkar and sending in Dinesh Karthik at No. 3?

RS: Well, you have to improvise when the scores are that big, but what is important is that you must first try to back your biggest strength. And your strength is to bat first. In good batting conditions it is important to bat first, put some runs on the board and then work with your spinners and bowlers- the latter being your weakest department. That's why the batsmen need to take up the onus, just like they did in Bristol.

SV: Thank you Ravi, for your views.

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