February 10, 2014 3:59:34 am
At the end of a close Test, Indian captain MS Dhoni said it was right for him and Ravindra Jadeja to go for quick runs, saying the visitors might have nicked the Test had they done a little better in the first innings and had a few umpiring decisions gone their way.
On close Test
I am having mixed emotions about this Test match. Close to the 85th over, we lost a few wickets at that point and we had a tough decision (Rahane) at the same time which meant we were short of 30-35 runs and that was the crucial phase. Tight games like these give you the experience of three-four Test matches. You learn about the need to break the target down session by session. Hopefully, there will be plenty of players in our dressing room who must have learned a lot out of it.
On turning point
We all know the importance of his (Kohli) wicket. It was not only his dismissal, because we also lost wickets after the 80th over as well. The second new ball moved for may be five or six overs. If we would have not given our wickets, we would have got those remaining 40 runs. Also, we had a bad umpiring decision at the same time. So there were quite a few things that did not go our way. Yes, there were a few missed catches also, but those are part and parcel of the game. Anyone and everyone can drop catches. I won’t really point to that but yes, that also contributed to some extent.
On Dhawan century
His (Dhawan) approach to the innings was very important. He is someone who should play his cricket in a free way as he loves to play his strokes. There will always be a few challenges in the sense opposition will have a few plans but you will have to get through it. In the second innings, he was very calm and composed, batted the way it was needed, scored patiently. That was the reason he got a big hundred, and hopefully, it will really boost his confidence.
It was important to counter-attack at that time as the momentum was with New Zealand. The wicket was largely flat but the ball was still new and our approach was that we won’t let them get on top. The field was quite attacking and we said that if we play a few big shots, we will score a few runs quickly and Jadeja and I said let us take a bit of risk as we needed a lot of runs at the stage. And it paid off. We had decided that if we get another 25-30 runs, we will change gears and settle down. But unfortunately he got out and our lower order has not contributed much for us. It is difficult for them to get runs, and it was 40 runs too many.
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