Kirsten delighted with India's strong show

Published: Sunday, August 8, 2010, 11:39 [IST]
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Kirsten delighted with the win

Colombo: The way India made a strong fightback and disappointed the home team Sri Lankans who were one win away from series clean sweep left Indian head coach Gary Kirsten with all smiles.

“We had a goal to come here and win the series, so obviously there is disappointment in not doing so, but I am very satisfied with the way we played this last Test, and the effort we put in in the fightback," said Kirsten according to Deccan Herald report.

“It again shows the character of the team. It shows what we can do in pressure situations. This is a particularly satisfying win, I am just very happy with the end."

Throwing light on India"s final-day approach – they began Saturday needing 204 more for victory with seven wickets standing – the former South African opener said, “We felt we needed to be calm in this situation. We knew that one decent partnership was going to pull it through for us. But it requires a lot of experience, it requires players to be calm, to back themselves. We are very fortunate that we have got some experienced players who can do that."

India managed to hold on to their No 1 position in Test rankings but Kirsten said team wasn"t obsessed with the number one status. “We just want to go out and play every Test as well as we can," he added.


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