Difference has been consistency factor, says Rajput

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Mumbai, Oct 16 (UNI) Indian cricket manager Lalchand Rajput today said the biggest difference between them and the Aussies has been the consistency factor.

Speaking to the media on the eve of the seventh and final One-Day International to be played at the Wankhede stadium here tommorow, the former Indian opener said India need to learn from the outstanding Aussies the consistency factor in all departments of the game.

''We need to become more consistent in batting, bowling and fielding by keeping the intensity factor throughout the game,'' said Rajput.

''Australia are the best side in the world, but we have shown that we are the one team which can give them a run for the money, if we improve our consistency,'' the cricket manager claimed.

Rajput also defended the batting order of the team in the sixth ODI at Nagpur, saying when an out-of-form Rahul Dravid was sent in at number four, despite the asking rate climbing steadily in chase of a mammoth total.

''The third power play was not yet taken and that's why we sent in Irfan Pathan and then when he got out there were a lot of overs remaining which was the reason for sending in Rahul,'' Rajput said.

''He's a world-class player who had done extremely well and just needs a start (to rediscover his touch),'' he added.

Rajput also admitted that the bowling at the death was another area in which the team was lagging behind.

''We have not bowled well at the death. We have been working on it and it's another area we need to improve upon,'' he said.

The Australians have also played our spinners much better this time and that has had a big impact on the outcome of the rubber.

On the team composition for the final match, Rajput said they have not yet decided on it and will do so tomorrow morning.


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