Sachin Tendulkar, who Virat Kohli regards as his cricketing idol, said one loss does not decide the outcome of a long series.
After the massive 333-run defeat to Australia within three days of the opening Test here, former India skipper Sachin Tendulkar on Sunday had a message for Virat Kohli and his boys that is bound to lift their spirits. Captain Kohli himself described the hosts' meek batting display in the opening Test against Australia in Pune as the team's worst in the last two years. The world's number one Test side was bundled out for 105 in the first innings and 107 in the second as the visitors took a 1-0 lead in the four-match series following their massive 333-run win at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium on Saturday.
Tendulkar, who Kohli regards as his cricketing idol, said one loss does not decide the outcome of a long series.
"We've not lost the series. One loss does not mean we can't fight back," said the batting legend.
"I can't really remember India losing in two-and-a-half days. It was a bit surprising the way India tackled the Australian spinners. It was probably a bad day. I am disappointed with a lack of fight shown by the Indian team. Getting out in 75 overs in two innings is just not done. This was one of the worst defeats of the Indian team," he added.
The diminutive former opening batsman hailed the way the Australians approached the Test, despite being considered the underdogs in the run-up to the four-match Test rubber.
"The way the Australians fought on a pitch they were not familiar with, it was amazing to watch. Credit to Matt Renshaw and Steve Smith the way they batted," said the 1983 World Cup-winner.
"Australia played some really smart cricket. Steve Smith played a captain's knock and it was one of the best Test match hundreds that you will see," he added.
Left-arm spinner Steve O'Keefe emerged the dark horse for the visitors, who returned with a career-best match haul of 12/70 to break the backbone of the Indian batting in both the innings.
With Australia 1-0 up in the series, Kohli's boys will aim to settle the scores when the two teams face off in the second Test in Bengaluru from March 4.