Edwards thanks Ganga and Antigua crowd

Published: Saturday, June 10, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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St Lucia:After snatching a draw from the jaws of defeat in the Antigua Test against India with some dour batting, West Indies pacer Fidel Edwards said it was his self-confidence, runner Daren Ganga's advice and the crowd support that kept him going.

Edwards and his pace colleague Corey Collymore thwarted the Indian attack and survived 19 deliveries and umpteen torrid moments to avert a possible defeat that loomed larged in the corner.

Number 10 batsman Edwards, braving a hamstring injury and playing with a runner in Ganga, remained not out on one after facing 36 deliveries while Coreymore remained unbeaten on one from eight balls.

Edwards said, he, Collymore and Ganga were chatting continuously and the sole idea was to protect the stump.

''Just play the ball on the stumps. In order to get you out, they have to attack the stumps. Just duck from the short balls and play the balls on the stumps and keep focused,'' was Ganga's advice, Edwards revealed to CMC's CricketPlus.

Edwards said he and his pal Collymore, hailing from neighbouring villages in the northern Barbados parish of St Peter, kept going with the boisterous support from the galleries.

''The crowd really kept me going. Hearing everybody chanting, chanting, chanting, kept me going and I really thank the crowd for everything,'' he said.

''I just decided to be positive and play the ball on its merit, play straight and just defend my stumps and keep playing straight until the overs go out,'' he explained.

Edwards said he was not bogged down by his injury and never thought he could not do it.

''I am playing for my country and I did it already in the past (against Zimbabwe), so I believed that I could do it again. I just went out there with full faith and did my job.

''I consider myself a pretty alright batsman against the spin and the pace wasn't really bothering me as much,'' he added.

Asked if he would ask captain Brian Lara for a promotion in the batting order, Edwards said, ''I think that No. 10 is for me or nightwatchman. I am okay with that.'' Edwards was also sad that he would be missing the second Test against the visitors.

''I am pretty sad right now but I think this is something a fast bowler has to live with. You will get injuries, go back home, play hard and then get back fit and focus,'' Edwards said.

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