Acknowledging fast bowler S Sreesanth’s good behaviour, Indian captain Rahul Dravid has praised him for overcoming his wicket drought with prized scalps of Paul Collingwood and Matt Prior in quick succession on the third day of the final Test.
“Sreesanth has given me a few less grey hair in this game than at Nottingham,” Dravid said.
“He’s a young boy and it’s all part of his education as a cricketer. He’s bowled with a lot of discipline in this game,” he said.
Dravid praised the bowlers for putting England on the mat. “I’m very happy with the efforts of all the bowlers. It was a flat wicket and the boys showed a lot of discipline. We’ve played some very good cricket, batted well right through the order, bowled well and really dominated this Test match.
“It’s about us now trying to finish it off and keeping our discipline until we get the right result. The boys tried hard,” he said.
We tried hard: Collingwood
Collingwood, who scored 62 runs in three and a half hours, said England batsmen “tried hard but one of us needed to get a big hundred”. Me and Kevin (Pietersen) fought pretty hard, there were a couple of really good spells bowled at us and we got through that, so it was unfortunate we lost Kevin just before the break.
“I’m never good to watch but I just wanted to scrap it out. We’ve had three hard days of Test cricket and they are putting us under a lot of pressure but we are fighting,” he said.
Collingwood said an increasingly turning wicket with Anil Kumble bowling was making it all the more difficult for the hosts to perform under pressure.
“The left-armers were swinging it both ways and Kumble was hard to play on an increasingly turning wicket. It’s not the same as when you know you are trying to win a game, it makes it a lot tougher.
“It’s not nice going out to bat in those conditions but you have to show figh.”
As for his unfortunate leg before decision, he said, “it was just disappointing after fighting so hard to miss one on my legs which is my bread and butter shot and I was expecting it to go for four."