We let them off the hook, says Kumble

Published: Tuesday, December 4, 2007, 3:35 [IST]
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Kolkata: Indian skipper Anil Kumble today said they had let Pakistan off the hook again in the first innings and on a slow flat track like this it could be decisive like it proved.

In the postmatch press meet, he said, ''It was tough to bowl on this pitch. It got slower and slower and even when it spun it did very slowly. Considering the pitch and the conditions I thought our bowlers put in a fantastic effort.

It's winter here so there's a bit more moisture in the surface so even if the sun comes out, and it's not really harsh, the wicket tends to be on the slower side. Maybe that's one of the reasons.

It's produced two good Test matches, but not really for the bowlers.

It's been really tiring for the bowlers to try and ensure that 20 wickets are taken. We did really well to get at least 14.'' ''We had our chances in the first innings that we probably should have taken. On these kinds of surfaces, where you know it's tough to get wickets, half chances matter. Overall catching is something we need to improve on,'' he admitted.

''We wanted to finish the series here and had a great opportunity. But we go to Bangalore 1-0 up and we're looking forward to a 2-0 series victory. We would have liked to make it 2-0 here but you have to give it to Pakistan for the way they batted, Misbah and Kamran in the first innings and also in the second innings,'' he said.

''We probably needed more time but that's the best time I could manage after they avoided the follow-on. Ideally it would have been good to have the opportunity to give them the follow-on. But with that not happening I thought the best thing was to give ourself 80 overs,'' he continued.

Asked if Pakistan would take a moral victory, he said, ''I don't believe in moral victories. It's really crazy, I don't know why people talk about moral victories. When you struggle to pick up five wickets in both innings that's no moral victory to me. To me what matters is the result and I think overall we dominated the match over the five days.''

He also added, ''I have said it in Delhi and at the start of this Test. I'd like to re-iterate it here: toss, pitch and weather are things I don't want to think about.''

If Vengsarkar-Kirsten were distractions, ''This is the first time I'm hearing this. It was never a distraction.'' On Dinesh Karthik's form, he said, ''Dinesh was looking good in the second innings. It's not a concern, it happens to the best of players. Knowing Dinesh, he's a fantastic trier and does all the right things at practice, I'm sure he'll come good.''

Asked if Munaf was injured, ''He's fine. He's bowled really well on these kinds of surfaces. Especially in the second innings he mixed things up well to give us crucial breakthrough.''

He lauded Misbah, saying, ''He's been really good and shown a lot of character in the four innings he played. We gave him a couple of chances early on and that's something we'll have to watch out for. He looked pretty calm and batted really well. He has a lot of time to play the spinners.''

On Murali he said, ''I spoke to him yesterday and told him he'll get to 1000. I'm not sure I can cross 1000. It's a fantastic effort to get to 710 in the number of matches he has played. He's just picked up his 61st five-wicket haul and I told him I thought he'd get to a 100.''


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