'We have to maintain Test cricket’s sanctity'
Had Sachin Tendulkar's boys lost at the Chinnaswamy Stadium on Wednesday, their agony would have been compounded. Having failed to qualify for the semifinals, they would have finished a poor sixth in the points-table. But that was not to be, thanks to Dilhara Fernando's remarkable comeback after bowling a forgettable last over in Jaipur on Monday.
Fernando showed that he had completely wiped out the memories of that over. Having snared two wickets in his first over, he ended with a spell of 4-0-18-4. His man-of-the-march effort sealed the match in Mumbai's favour.
"If you see, I have picked up two wickets in the first over twice in the last three matches," Fernando said.
'Season of opportunities'
Mumbai coach Lalchand Rajput wasn't satisfied with the fifth-place finish. "I am never satisfied with anything but the top spot," Rajput said. "But if you look at the whole tournament, we have given opportunities to so many young players. They have gained a lot through exposure."
So would Rajput say the first season was a season of opportunities? "Yes," he replied. "It's up to the youngsters to make the maximum of the opportunities they have received and I am sure we will see better results next year."
Dravid’s no to two IPLs
After Virender Sehwag had opposed IPL commissioner Lalit Modi’s idea of having two IPLs in a year, Rahul Dravid endorsed his India teammate’s views.
“I think it's going to be very difficult with the kind of international schedules we have," Dravid said. "I would not like any season of Test cricket diluted. It's the oldest format of the game and it has been there for more than 100 years. So it has its own sanctity and it has to be maintained." Dravid hoped that IPL would be a lot more improved version next year.
It’s (Test) the oldest format of the game and it has been there for more than 100 years. So it has its own sanctity and it has to be maintained Rahul Dravid, Bangalore team skipper.