Dhawal Kulkarni

Dhawal Kulkarni finished with figures of three for 60 as West Indies A were bowled out for 268 on the first day of the third unofficial Test © PTI

Hubli: Oct 9, 2013

India A all-rounder Dhawal Kulkarni, who finished with figures of three for 60 on the first day of the third unofficial Test against the West Indies A, said that he was disappointed not to finish with a five-for.

Talking about the pitch, Kulkarni said the wicket was initially doing a bit but slowed down as the day’s game progressed.

“The only thing was to stick to the basics and bowl proper line and length,” he added.

“We had a meeting during the lunch break. They were going great guns and only thing was to restrict and not give away easy boundaries. They were playing aggressive shots rather than playing patiently,” he told reporters at the end of the first day’s play of third unofficial Test in Hubli.

Asked what went through his mind when West Indies A were surging ahead with 175 for three at tea, Kulkarni said he adopted aggressive approach towards the batsmen and didn’t think about taking wickets.

“The only thing to do was hit the ball as hard as I could [to get some purchase out of it],” the Mumbaikar said.

Replying to a query, Kulkarni said the first aim of the team would be to play out the initial overs and score as many as possible when the overnight batsmen VA Jagadeesh and Gautam Gambhir resume their innings on Thursday.

“We are playing positively and looking to win the match [and level the series 1-1],” he said.

All-rounder Abhishek Nayar, who led his team’s bowling attack with a four-wicket haul, said not giving too many boundaries to the West Indies A batsmen helped India A restrict the visitors to 268.