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  • Says the entire squad must take the blame for the debacle

    St. Peter's: Sir Vivian Richards, the great West Indies batsman, said India's lack of mental strength cost the side, and forced its early exit from the World Cup.

    "Your team has a lot of ability, but lack in mental strength," he said. "They are babies in the mind. I hate when people blame it on the coach. What is he supposed to do? I agree with what he said that it was a collective failure. This game is tough, it's about the mental strength. It's about what you do today and what you continue to do, not what you did yesterday or three years back."

    Sachin Tendulkar's failure disappointed the fan in him, said Richards. He refused, however, to "blame any single individual."

    Richards said Australia was the only side in world cricket that believed in itself. He commended Australian captain Ricky Ponting for his aggressive mindset.

    "It's about your body language. Ricky Ponting has that. With the way he played (on Tuesday), from the first ball, he said `I am here'. If you are yourself confused whether you belong there or not, you are in trouble. It can be sensed from your game."

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