Kolkata: Embarrassed and dejected after being outplayed for the second successive time by England, Indian captain MS Dhoni held his batsmen responsible for the debacle, saying that they failed to convert starts into substantial innings.

“We need to give bowlers a few more runs. We haven’t scored consistently over 300. On this wicket we should have scored 450 or above. The batsmen who got starts didn’t make it matter,” Dhoni said.

“In the second innings, it was like a landslide we couldn’t stop,” he added referring to the collapse that saw the team fold up for 247, leaving England with a victory target of just 41 runs.

Dhoni, however, tried to put up a brave face by stating that the team would make a strong comeback in the fourth Test in Nagpur.

“We have everything to play for in Nagpur. Everybody needs to pull up their socks. Of course the better team won here. They bowled in the right areas they fielded well… They played well but we need to retaliate,” he said.

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