Mumbai managed to earn just one point against Punjab in the Ranji Trophy clash © Getty Images
Mumbai: Dec 11, 2012
Mumbai skipper Ajit Agarkar on Tuesday rued the dropped catches in the first innings and said it was the turning point of the match.
“The turning point was dropping a few too many catches on the first day. If you let a side score 580, it’s never easy chasing it. Ideally we would not have like to concede 580. The bowlers keep getting tired and you need to make them stay a bit more. We lost too many (wickets) in the morning, which made it difficult,” he told reporters after the match.
He also expressed his disappointment with the pitch and said “we didn’t expect it to be one-inning game”.
‘Playing at home you expect a little bit more from the pitch. I don’t want to talk too much about the pitch but over a thousand runs were scored.”
He praised left-arm spinner Ankit Chavan for his nine wickets and hoped the bowler would get recognition.
“Anyday 150 in 10 overs was going to be difficult but with Rohit’s talent if you get 25 runs in a couple of overs, he did get one (24 runs in an over), then the pressure sets in and bowlers bowl a few bad balls.
“At least 15-16 overs or 120 runs in 11 overs would have made it interesting. It was because of Ankit’s exceptional bowling otherwise it was heading for a tame draw.
“I hope this performance gets noticed. It was a real good spell of bowling. It wasn’t poor shots or bad batting. To get 9 wickets in any form of cricket is exceptional. He has got the talent to get wickets, that is why he is playing for us.”
Punjab pacer Manpreet Gony, who scalped five wickets, also praised the young bowler and said his side was clueless.
“We didn’t know what was happening because he was bowling well. We didn’t know what to do. People were playing some shots and the shots were not controlled,” Gony said.
Punjab appeared to be on the defensive while fielding, and everyone except the keeper were at the boundary line.
“Bhajji pa told us to remain cool and said the target is high for them to chase it. (155 in 10 overs). This is the first time I have played with all the fielders at the boundary line,” he said.