West Indies opener Kriagg Brathwaite was on of the few batsmen who showed some fight against the Indian bowlers. Apart from him and Shane Dowrich (57*), other batsmen performed poorly as the whole team was dismissed for only 243 runs in reply to India’s mammoth total of 566. Asked to follow on, they ended the day on 21 for 1 after losing the important wicket of Brathwaite. Brathwaite, who was West Indies’ top scorer with 74 runs, spoke on Indian bowlers, his team’s chances in the match and much more during the post-day press conference.
On Indian bowlers’ discipline:
Yeah, I think I haven’t seen any bowlers bowl so well in the early stage of the innings. They bowled with a lot of discipline. They also set attacking fields and really backed it up with good disciplined bowling.
On India’s plan to set an attacking field:
I think India was in a good position with a big first innings score. So they could set attacking field, and bowled to their field, specific fields.
On West Indies’ chances in the match:
Today was the not best day for us as a batting unit. Now what we have to do tomorrow (is), go out there, start from the beginning and assess (the conditions). It won’t be easy. But we believe in ourselves and want to have a positive mindset.
On whether the West Indies batsmen played too many attacking shots?
It’s a bit of both. As a batsman, you have to know when you have to curb your aggression and defend, or when to attack. I think it’s all about individual batsmanship as a whole. It’s about having confidence in what you do and building partnerships and bat throughout the third day.
On whether he was surprised by India’s decision to impose follow-on?
No. They were in a strong position and they just backed it up. We knew we had to bat, (if we were to get out today).
On the pitch:
A Little bit of grass. I don’t think it will crack up. The bounce is still good and we have to come tomorrow and see if it continues or it gets low.
On Mohammad Shami:
He pitched the ball hard and the seam position was also great.
On his team’s batting performance:
We had just a bad day. We have some really good batsman. Today it didn’t go well but tomorrow we should come back and bat really well and put some runs on the board.