Indian Test skipper Virat Kohli has defended his bowlers after they failed to dismiss the West Indies team on the final day of the second Test. While admitting that it was a tough day for his team, he rued the fact that majority of the overs on the fourth day of the match were not bowled due to rain. He also gave the credit to the West Indies batsman for their inspirational batting. The hosts were in a spot of bother as they started the final day with four of their batsmen already dismissed and only 48 on the board. But the hosts, led by Roston Chase, who scored his maiden Test hundred, batted brilliantly and ended the fifth day on 388 for 6, helping their team to draw the match.
“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.
“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 the last push,” he added.
Backing the team’s decision to go with five bowlers, Kohli said that their bowlers gave their best but the West Indies batsmen were just better.
“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.
Meanwhile, the third Test of the four-match series will be played at Gros Islet (St. Lucia) from August 9.