We have let the nation down: Gambhir

Updated: Jan 17, 2012, 14:48 PM IST

Perth: Struggling Indian opener Gautam Gambhir on Tuesday conceded that his team has let the entire nation down in the ongoing Test series against Australia and has failed to live up to the expectations.

India trail the four-match series 0-3 and are in danger of a second successive Test whitewash abroad after the England debacle last year.

"We have let the entire nation down and I will be the first one to accept it. There is a backlash which is happening back home and we are ready to accept it. We have given the opportunity to people (to criticise us). We haven`t played good cricket and not lived up to the expectations, given the batting we have," said Gambhir after nets.

"We have let the common man down who expects us to perform and I accept it. We need to turn it around as quickly as possible," he added.

The left-handed opener has scored only 144 runs from six innings at an average of 24.00 and is only one of the batsmen of the Indian batting unit, which has collectively failed on the present tour.

"I am not someone who would be hesitant to take the responsibility. I will be the first one to accept it. If you want to be number one, you have to perform well and start winning overseas, whether England, South Africa or Australia," said Gambhir.

The left-hander`s problem is symptomatic of a larger malaise as he hasn`t hit a hundred for over two years now.

"If hundred is everything and I score one followed by four or five low scores, I don`t think I would be satisfied. You want consistency. If a hundred is followed by innings when I don`t reach double figures, I wouldn`t be happy.

"You want to be consistent. If a 100 comes your way, well and good. It`s a long journey from zero to hundred and as we all know, it`s a one ball game for a batsman. But I am not thinking of putting together a hundred, rather consistent 50s will make me happy," he insisted.

"But one good day and one good session could change it all. There`s a lot of cricket left in this series. We are not even midway through. If we do well in Adelaide and take the momentum forward, we could make the difference (in the T20 and One-day Internationals)," Gambhir said.

"There`s a lot of cricket yet to be played. In Adelaide, hopefully we could bring the smiles back on the faces of the people," he stressed.

Gambhir said the individual batters haven`t been able to convert good starts but claimed the mood in the camp was still upbeat.

"We`ve been working hard, as you could see at the net session. But it`s not going our way. Our top seven have had fifties but none of them have been able to convert it. But the mood is completely fine. If you are playing for your country and the next Test is only six days away, we need to be up for it," explained the opener.

"Things haven`t gone our way but we still need to be positive and do well in Adelaide and subsequently in the one-day series. If you are playing for your country, you need to be positive and look at next Test and try to win it."

Gambhir was dismissive of Glenn McGrath`s reported suggestion that India would be easy to beat in the one-day series as well.

"In a series, a lot of chit-chat happens. If he thinks so, good luck to him. If we play well and good cricket, we have the calibre and talent to turn things around," said Gambhir.

PTI