Kingston: Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni was all praise for seamer Praveen Kumar who had a match haul of six wickets in his debut Test match. (Agencies)
“Praveen is a very skillful bowler. Whenever the conditions are helpful, he tries to make full use of it. That's the main reason that he got six wickets in this game,” said the satisfied skipper appreciating the effort of the Uttar Pradesh medium pacer.
The skipper didn't seemed to be too surprised with Harbhajan Singh's pyrotechnics with the bat as the lower-order has been frequently contributing with the bat.
“I always believe our lower order can perform with the bat and our part-timers can take wickets. When we bat, we believe that all our XI players batsmen and vice-versa when we bowl. I happy that Bhajji batted well and so did Raina,” he quipped.
Overall, the skipper was satisfied with the effort of his boys although he feels that there is room for improvement as far as the spinners are concerned.
“The spinners bowled decently. They can still improve the line of attack. They can get slightly better. Of course, it was a bit difficult to bowl with the breeze.”
For Rahul Dravid, who was incidentally also the man-of-the-match when India won a Test match at the Sabina Park back in 2006, the pitch on which he batted five years back was a trickier one compared to this.
“The pitch in 2006 was a lot more difficult to bat on. This was a great wicket. The one in 2006 saw lots of shooters and lifters. Kudos to the groundsmen,” the veteran batsmen said.
Dhoni didn't forget to mention about the Raina-Harbhajan partnership.
“But for that stand (Raina and Harbhajan), we could have been all out for 150. We were able to get more runs and thus gather a handy lead. Then in the second innings, we could stretch the lead to 300 plus.”
The skipper said that they were confident of defending 325 as it would have been tough score to chase on a tricky wicket.
“300 was always going to be a difficult score to chase in the fourth innings. They were off to a flyer but wickets always slow down the momentum and we were able to apply pressure on their middle order.”
“In the first innings, both sides bowled tight and there were not many deliveries to cut. In the second innings, both the sides were lenient.”
Dhoni felt that wicket being a difficult one to bat on, it would have always been advantage for bowlers.
“It was slightly different wicket. Unless you bowled really bad, it was difficult to score.”
About the two other Test debutants Abhinav Mukund and Virat Kohli, Dhoni felt that more they played, the better they would adapt to the rigours of Test cricket.
Dhoni also didn't want to read too much into the talks of Kohli being suspect against short-ball.
“The short ball talk has been on for some time. In international cricket, you have to consistently face it. You need to adapt, you may not be the best player of fast bowling but if you can negotiate it, even if you don't look elegant, it's fair enough,” he explained.
Kingston: Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni was all praise for seamer Praveen Kumar who had a match haul of six wickets in his debut Test match.