India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni today termed the fifth day's play in the third cricket Test against the West Indies as "superb" but said he wants to see tracks offering turn from the opening day of a match rather than final day.
"It was a superb final day and again it was proved that it's not yours until it's in your kitty. We lost wickets at the wrong time," Dhoni said after an exciting final day where his team, chasing 243 runs in the second innings, finished at 242 for nine to see the match end in a thrilling draw.
Asked whether he expected to take eight wickets in the first session today, the India skipper said, "Last time when we played at the CCI (Brabourne Stadium), the ball turned less as the match progressed. "This time we wanted to start safely and didn't want to concede too many runs.
Luckily we got wickets and didn't concede runs. So we could put some fielders in catching position. Having said that I would expect tracks here to start offering turn from the first day evening rather waiting till the fifth day." Dhoni, who has been rested for the five-match ODI series against the Caribbean side starting October 29 at Cuttack, termed the break as a "much needed one."
"More than a physical break, (I) needed a mental break," he said. Ravichandran Ashwin, who won the man-of-the-match as well as man-of-the-series award for his brilliant all-round show, said his plan in the final over did not work. "I wanted to squeeze a few boundaries when the field came up but unfortunately couldn't get. Off the last two deliveries, the plan was to defend the first one and go after the last ball. The plan didn't work."