Calcutta: Virender Sehwag admitted on Saturday that the batsmen's lack of patience has led to India staring at defeat in the third Test.
"If you apply yourself on this wicket, it's not that difficult to score runs. It's Test cricket and you have to show some patience… Yes you can say that (we did not show enough patience). The key was showing patience," Sehwag said.
He felt the patience factor has made the difference in the series. "Their batsmen showed the patience more than ours... They batted really well. Full credit to the way Cook and the others batted.
"We are very much disappointed... The wicket was not that bad to lose six wickets in a session. But we have to work hard to bounce back in the next game. We can just hope that something happens tomorrow (Sunday) and we're able to draw the Test. Only God, can help us…"
Did Ravichandran Ashwin, who is batting on 83, embarrass the rest of the line-up? "It's not embarrassment. He's also a part of our team and he knows how to score runs. He's utilising all his abilities. He is a good player. It depends on individual to individual."
Sehwag said the team was going through a transition phase and the youngsters need some time. "When (Cheteshwara) Pujara scored runs, you guys only said he's Rahul Dravid's replacement.
"You didn't wait for a couple of matches. Now you're saying that Dravid and VVS (Laxman) absence is being felt... It's a transition period for us. They will bounce back and score runs. In this series, we have not put enough runs on the board, especially in the last two Tests. The moment we put 500-plus, it's going to be a different ballgame."
He also backed the Indian bowlers. "Our bowlers tried everything but their batting made the difference. They were hitting the loose balls. Like I said, we did not show enough patience."
He described the wicket as "good" and "not turning square." Is he thinking of coming down the order to add some experience to the middle-order?