‘We let Mumbai off the hook’
Uttar Pradesh skipper Mohammed Kaif on Friday expressed satisfaction on his team's overall performance in the Ranji Trophy this season, reports Sharad Deep.cricket Updated: Jan 17, 2009 01:27 IST
Uttar Pradesh skipper Mohammed Kaif on Friday expressed satisfaction on his team's overall performance in the Ranji Trophy this season.
"I am very satisfied with the performance of the team. Though we committed some mistakes in Mumbai's first innings in the final, we managed to bounce back in the match strongly," Kaif said after losing his second final in as many years.
"Our plans against Mumbai had almost worked out in the first innings, but some mistakes allowed the rivals to post a challenging total for us," he said, adding,
"Despite finishing runners-up last season, we started afresh this season and chalked out plans for every match. We took every match with a different attitude, and I am happy that all the players lived upto the expectations."
He, however, accepted that injuries to Praveen Kumar and RP Singh on crucial junctures in the final did matter. "RP didn't bowl in Mumbai's second innings because of shoulder pain.
"We can't blame any particular thing for our defeat in the final, but there were many small things which shattered our chances in the end."