Indians did not come with a game plan: Steyn

Published: Friday, April 4, 2008, 3:35 [IST]
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Ahmedabad: Fast bowler Dale Steyn, who with his five for 23, helped knock over India for a paltry 76 claimed that the Indian team did not have a game plan in place to tackle the South African pace battery.

Speaking to newspersons after the day's play, the young South African pace bowler termed the wicket as a good one and the greenest he has seen in the subcontinent.

"Getting bowled out for 76 is the result of no game plan or strategy from the Indians. After they lost a couple of quick wickets, I think they were scared and they just didn't know what to do. It probably sent shivers in their dressing room after they lost a couple of wickets first up," Steyn said after bagging 5-23 against the hosts on the first day of the second Test.

He, however, said ''this was not a wicket on which you bowl short and the Indians were expecting short pitched bowling from us and playing on the back foot.

''We bowled a full length and reaped the rewards,'' he added.

When asked about the Indian captain Anil Kumble and curator Dhiraj Parsana having an argument about the pitch, Steyn said, ''if the Indian team thought that the wicket was seamer friendly then why did they bat first on winning the toss?'' He said that this was a clear case of the home team's batsmen not knowing what to do on this wicket.

''We knew after we got the first wicket that the wickets would keep tumbling because the Indian batsmen just did not seem to have any answers on how to play on this wicket,'' he said.


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