After eking out a 14-run win, Rahul Dravid maintained that he always had the game under his control despite the West Indians' going hell for leather. "I was a little nervous towards the end but knew we had the game in control. When you have a batsman who plays as well as Shivnarine Chanderpaul did, you feel the game was slipping away. His 149 not out was one of the better innings I have seen in India when chasing," Dravid told a press conference.
He also said Sourav Ganguly's 98 on return was a "very good innings". "He was coming back after a long time and showed great signs, stayed at the wicket. If people score runs, it solves a lot of problems for us. It is important to have key players scoring runs. Cricket is a simple game, about the key players getting runs, key bowlers taking wickets and fielders taking catches."
He was pleased with his own form after scoring a 35-ball 54 not out. "I just enjoyed myself in the end. It was set up nicely for me. Earlier, we were not able to capitalise in the slog overs."
Rival captain Brian Lara was pleased with the way his team entertained the crowd. After seeing the highest combined one-day total in India — 662 in 100 overs — Lara hoped he would have similar pitches in the West Indies for the World Cup.
"It has been a batsman's game since the time limited-overs cricket was invented," Lara said. "There is nothing wrong with the pitch. The curator said it was going to be an over-300 pitch, and it turned out so. At the end of the day, we're entertainers. We hope pitches in the Caribbean are like this so that everyone can enjoy it."
The 37-year-old from Trinidad said that his team gave away the match in the field as India rattled up 338 for three. "It was a very good match. I think the guys played really well — Chanderpaul especially. We will move on and look to improve in a few areas," he said. "We had to score over a run-a-ball from the very beginning. It's not easy and I guess we gave it away in the field."
On the Indians' performance, Lara said, "Any team that has an opening stand of above hundred runs is on top. Gambhir and Ganguly played really well but unfortunately Ganguly didn't get a hundred."