Pakistan in India 2004-05

India lack the killer instincts, says Wright

John Wright: 'If you want to be a top side, you have to get the job done' Getty Images

India's coach, John Wright, has criticised his team for not delivering the final blow in the first Test at Mohali against Pakistan, and has advised them to be more hungry for success if they are to attain to the highest levels of international cricket.

"We could not get the killer blow in," said Wright after India failed to take the last four wickets to win the Test. "That result has to make us more hungry. It's disappointing not to get the result we wanted, after the situation the opposition was in." India can overtake England at No. 2 in the world Test rankings if they win the three-Test series 2-0.

"If you want to be a top side, you have to get the job done. This is an area where we are still learning. If we want to climb the list we'll have to have the killer instinct. This is what I look for and want from the team."

Pakistan were struggling at the start of the fifth day with just a 53-run lead and only four wickets in hand. However, a record 184-run partnership between Kamran Akmal and Abdul Razzaq saved the Test for Pakistan. "In India-Pakistan contests, players always seem to find that little bit extra, but it came on the last day from the Pakistani batsmen."

When asked whether Harbhajan Singh would be selected for the Kolkata Test, Wright said: "Conditions suit us here and he [Harbhajan] has a good chance of making the side. Harbhajan has done well at the Eden Gardens and likes bowling here. I don't think we'll go with five bowlers. Traditionally we have always played two seamers and two spinners here and it has worked for us."

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