My plan was ruined because of rain, says disappointed Dhoni
India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni didn't hide his disappointed stating that his plan was "ruined due to the rain" that stopped play for around 32 minutes during the final session of the second Test against West Indies that ended in a draw.india Updated: Jul 03, 2011 07:44 IST
India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni didn't hide his disappointed stating that his plan was "ruined due to the rain" that stopped play for around 32 minutes during the final session of the second Test against West Indies that ended in a draw.
"I am disappointed to some extent. The last session was evenly poised. My plan was ruined because of the rain, we got couple of wickets that were needed but bad light spoiled the party," a dejected Dhoni stated at the post-match presentation ceremony.
About his decision to offer a sporting declaration, Dhoni said that he was confident that 280 was a defendable total.
"I thought 280 was enough in this venue since the outfield is slow which means you can add some 30 runs to the target. It was also not easy to play shots on this track."
The Indian captain did admit that it was a difficult track to bat on first up. "I think there was fair bit of moisture on the track on the first day. If we had bowled, we might have had bowled slightly fuller. Our bowlers have been really good in this series. Even though some of them have not taken wickets, they have put pressure on the batsmen," he said. The skipper was full of praise for Ishant Sharma. "He has bowled really well and in absence of Zaheer Khan has proved to be our main strike bowler."
Ishant who had a match-haul of 10 for 108 was naturally elated after being adjudged man-of-the-match for his spectacular bowling.
"I can't forget this match as I have never bowled so well in a Test match. The wicket had uneven bounce but once you stuck to the right areas it yielded results," Ishant said.
He also thanked Zaheer Khan for mentoring him.
"I am thankful to Zak as his advice has helped me bowl well."
Under pressure West Indian captain Darren Sammy was however happy that they had managed a draw in the Test match.
"I will take this result. As long as we didn't lose today, I was quite happy. We had a plan even down to the last 15 overs were on course but we lost too many wickets," Sammy said.
He has always regretted the batting effort and this time also it was no different.
"It was a repetition of the first Test when we got them cheaply but couldn't surpass their score although Bravo and Baugh played well in the second innings," the Caribbean skipper said.
The endeavour now will be to win the final Test and square the series.
"We have to go all out to win the Test. I can't fault the effort of our bowlers. Fidel got eight wickets and Rampaul aslo bowled well," he stated.
Baugh whose place in the side was in danger before this innings was lucky when rival captain Dhoni dropped a sharp chance off Harbhajan Singh's bowling with the diminutive glovesman still on naught.
It triggered an aggressive response from Baugh who once swept Harbhajan over midwicket for a six.
Things were going through the motion till the 64th over of the innings when Baugh hit rookie pacer Mithun for three successive fours in the latter's 12th over.
The first delivery which hoicked to the midwicket fence, the second past slip cordon and the third flicked to fine leg as West Indies suddenly gathered momentum.
Dhoni showed a hint of desperation when he brought on Praveen to stem the rot. The swing bowler from Uttar Pradesh had bowled only three balls when the rain intervened.
The Caribbeans batted with uncharacteristic stubbornness after it lost two early wickets of Lendl Simmons (14 ) and Ramnaresh Sarwan (8 ) to India's new ball bowlers, Ishant and Praveen.
The turning point for West Indies was the 54 run fourth wicket partnership between Bravo and Chanderpaul. The important thing was the stonewalling by Chanderpaul as he consumed 83 deliveries in the process. The second session saw India taking only one wicket.
The match once again took a twist after tea when Chanderpaul was wrongly given out leg before to Harbhajan with the ball was going way outside the off-stump. It was the first major howler by umpire Gould.
Ishant then earned a leg before decision against Marlon Samuels (9) to get his third wicket of the innings.
Earlier, India, resuming at their overnight score of 229 for 3, added 40 more runs and lost three wickets before Dhoni decided to declare the innings.
First Published: Jul 03, 2011 07:42 IST