CUTTACK: West Indies captain Darren Sammy was finding it hard to come up with an explanation as India won the opening One-Day International (ODI) by a narrow one-wicket margin to take a 1-0 lead in the five-match series.
Sammy praised the team and the performance of the opening bowlers but rued the lack of killer instinct that allowed India to stage a comeback.
“Every time you lose it’s quite disappointing,” said Sammy. “We just didn’t have the last spark to take us past the finish line. The opening bowlers did well to give us a start and we fought all the way to the end, but it wasn’t enough.”
While Sammy seemed at a loss to explain another defeat, his counterpart Virender Sehwag was a relieved man.
“It’s good to win another nail-biter,” said Sehwag. “Whatever you tell number 10 or number 11, they always do what they want to do. I just told them to play till the end. Rohit Sharma and [Ravindra] Jadeja batted really well and we should have won it easily from there, but it’s still good to end up winning. We hope to learn from our batting mistakes in coming games.”
Published in The Express Tribune, December 1st, 2011.
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