India vs West Indies: Virat Kohli admits testing time for 5-pronged attack,defends bowlers

After winning the first Test at Antigua, Virat Kohli had re-iterated his plan to play five bowlers without changing much but the decision.

By: PTI | Kingston | Updated: August 4, 2016 11:03 pm
Virat kohli_AP-2 Virat Kohli said that five-pronged attack came handy but Roston Chase’s magnificent ton defied the Indian bowlers. (Source: PTI)

India’s five-pronged attack failed to grab six opposition wickets on the final day as the West Indies managed to eke out a draw in the second Test here but captain Virat Kohli defended his bowlers, saying that they had given their best under the circumstances.

The Indians dominated the Test for four days, under sun and cloud cover, at the Sabina Park with both bat and ball. Yet, they fell short of the victory marker on the final day when they needed to take six wickets in 98 overs.

“Testing day. That’s what Test cricket is all about. It is a pity we lost most of fourth day’s play. But that is no excuse and credit to the way West Indies played. When you lose a Test and are behind in the second one, it takes something special to save the match,” Kohli said after the match ended in a draw.

“Our bowlers tried our best, we created some chances, but they did not go to hand. In the first four days, the wicket was very active. The hardness of the ball was a factor. On these pitches when the ball is not hard enough, play goes dead for 25-30 overs. But I am pretty pleased with the effort the boys put in after tea as well. Everybody put in a last push,” he added.

A five-pronged attack comes handy on such days, but Roston Chase’s magnificent hundred defied the Indian bowlers.

In the past too, there have been such instances when the Indian attack was not able to complete the job. Johannesburg (2013) and Wellington (2014) come to mind. But that was the Mahendra Singh Dhoni era wherein India rarely went in with five bowlers.

“We don’t want to walk away from the field wishing we had the fifth bowler. If five bowlers have given their best, and the opposition have done well, you just doff your hat to them (the West Indians),” Kohli said.

After winning the first Test at Antigua, Kohli had re-iterated his plan to play five bowlers, that too without changing much in his attack.

“If you have just won a Test match in the manner we did in Antigua, it does not leave much room for change,” he had said.

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  1. A
    Aug 5, 2016 at 9:12 am
    In an entire session.pujara didnt score a single run. Yet there were guys lyk blackwood who did runs with strike rate of 100. Somebody needs to knock some sense in pujara's head
    1. P
      Aug 4, 2016 at 9:47 pm
      The only guilty player iis Pujara. He wasted a lot and lot of time. His strike rate was the worst. Even a school boy would have done better. That's precisely the reason, public is losing interest in Tests. If you have noticed, there were more players in the ground than the spectators in the entire ground. Do you expect to come and sleet instead of watching the match. You will see the number explode, when any ODI or T20 match is pla between the same teams. If Pujara cannot hit, he should make a graceful exit from the Team instead of being kicked out.
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