Trent Bridge: Though India did commendably to force a draw in the second Test against England on Monday, skipper Saurav Ganguly said it was nowhere near the feeling that a victory brings to the side. "Though it ended in a draw, no way is it better than a victory," said Ganguly while admitting that India fought back valiantly to save the match.
Trailing by 260 runs India had reached 424 for eight in its second innings when the match ended with still 10 overs to go in the final day. The Indian cause was helped by brilliant knocks from Rahul Dravid (115), the skipper himself (99) and Sachin Tendulkar (92). Ganguly said India should have bowled a little better in the England first innings as the bowlers allowed the hosts to pile up a huge score of 617. "We should have bowled better in their first innings. However, all the credit to England, which scored at a fast pace, scoring at more than four runs per over," he said adding that Micheal Vaughan played a fine knock to help the home team put up such a huge total.
"All credit to Vaughan who played a nice innings." Vaughan scored a career-best 197 and later claimed two wickets in Indian second innings to be declared the man-of-the- match. Debutant Parthiv Patel, youngest ever wicket-keeper to play a Test match, also came in for praise from the skipper who said that his performance was a revelation. "Parthiv's is a marvellous effort. We just asked him not to be tense when he went to bat today and he did just the same," Ganguly said referring to the 17-year old's unbeaten innings that defied the English attack for more than an hour to coast India to safety.
English captain Nasser Hussain said though he expected to restrict the Indian lead to 80 runs, the tourists batted well in the second innings. He said the side missed a spinner on the last day. "The wicket did have something in it. On the last day we missed a spinner as the ball was spinning a lot." England had come into the match with five fast bowlers leaving out its only specialist spinner Ashley Giles. Vaughan, with his part-time off spin, picked up two wickets including that of Tendulkar on 92.
Vaughan said though he was disappointed to have missed the double century by three runs, he had never thought of making such a huge score here. "The knock is my best by a long way. Though I am a bit disappointed to have missed the milestone, I am still very delighted." The England opener also said he was very pleased to pick the wicket of Tendulkar. "Sachin's wicket was priceless. I am very pleased to get the wicket of world's best batman."