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HindustanTimes Fri,26 Dec 2014

Cricket

'India's decision left me surprised'
N Ananthanarayanan, Hindustan Times
Roseau, Dominica, July 12, 2011
First Published: 00:21 IST(12/7/2011)
Last Updated: 14:03 IST(7/10/2011)
Indian captian Mahendra Singh Dhoni shakes hands with West Indies captain Darren Sammy, at the end of the first test match between West Indies and India at Sabina Park in Kingston, Jamaica.

West Indies skipper Darren Sammy criticised India for settling for a draw in the final session of the third and final Test at the Windsor Park on Sunday.

Under fire for his struggling team and his poor batting throughout the series, Sammy was bemused that India decided to call off what was developing into an interesting climax, with the visitors needing 86 runs off 15 overs with seven wickets in hand.

Sammy made his views clear at the presentation ceremony and again at the post-match press conference.

"I think if 15 overs were left and just under 100, 86 it was (to get), the calibre of players they have, Dhoni and the other guys who can hit the ball, I thought they would give it a go, being 1-0 up. I guess the ploy I had for Bishoo, to bowl in the rough, they didn't fancy their chances.

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Happy with result
"I'm quite happy with the result; starting with the first innings, when we were a man down, one of our key bowlers (Ravi Rampaul indisposed). The way the guys stuck at it, we showed a lot of character.

"The batting came good in the last innings, and Shiv (Chanderpaul) batted for a long time. Well done to the team.

What public wanted
"The coach and the public have been asking us that we go and show the fight. The batsmen saw how hard the bowlers tried to get wickets.

"The way we batted in the second innings, even Fidel (Edwards) faced 100 balls, it (the whole team effort) was very pleasing."


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