St John's (Antigua): West Indies skipper Carl Hooper on Friday defended his decision to put India in to bat despite his bowlers' moderate success in the fourth Test here.
"We've four fast bowlers and the Indians haven't been batting well, so it wasn't a strange decision. When you make decisions, whether they're right or wrong, you've got to stand by them," Hooper said. "After the Barbados Test, we expected some life from the wicket here. But at the end of the day, it's still a good cricketing pitch. If you bend your back, the ball will go through quickly. All credit to the Indians.
They batted well," he said. "Collins bowled well. The selectors were justified in going with four fast bowlers. People had suggested we should have gone with three pacemen and one spinner," Hooper said. "But in a couple of overs of spin that were bowled, the ball didn't turn. So, I think the selectors were justified in going with Collins as the fourth seamer." The West Indies captain said he was satisfied with his bowlers' performance as they restricted India on the opening day. "I'm encouraged by our performance," he said. "I don't think at any time during the day we gave up.
We made them work hard for each run as 220-odd for three from 90 overs is a good effort from the bowling side." Hooper said his team was looking forward to taking early wickets on Saturday to keep pressure on India. "We've still got a lot of work to do tomorrow. I think anything under 375 would have been a good effort. But cricket is a funny game. A couple of early wickets and you could be looking under 300. In cricket, you've got to keep trying and not give up," Hooper said.