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‘We were in real trouble at tea’

India coach Gary Kirsten admitted that the Indians were left breaking into a sweat going into the last session but praised the bowlers for turning the script around.....

India coach Gary Kirsten admitted that the Indians were left breaking into a sweat going into the last session but praised the bowlers for turning the script around. “I thought we were in real trouble at the tea-break,let’s be honest about that,” Kirsten said at the press conference after the day’s play. “But full credit to our bowlers for turning things around. I know there was an immense workload on the four main bowlers. They deserve the credit for taking the pressure and delivering in the last session’s play.”

Kirsten pointed that the risk of playing just four specialist bowlers paid off. “We are playing four specialist bowlers. And in cases like that,often there’s far too much pressure on the four guys. I am confident they have the capability to take 20 wickets in the match,” Kirsten said.

He also said that the Eden wicket had a lot less grass than Saturday — an interesting statement considering that there was lot of debate and pressure on the curator to shave off the grass to provide with some home advantage.

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Meanwhile,ODI specialists Charl Langeveldt,Herschelle Gibbs,Van der Merwe,Loots Bosman and Albie Morkel joined the team on Sunday ahead of the three-match series.

The Indian ODI squad will be announced on February 16,the third day of the ongoing second Test.

First published on: 15-02-2010 at 12:29:01 am
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