Bridgetown (Barbados), July 2: After contributing to India's cause by scoring 48 runs in the second innings, opener Abhinav Mukund said he took inspiration from the rival batting line-up.
"Sitting at forward short leg and watching (Marlon) Samuels and (Shivnarine) Chanderpaul bat, I took a leaf (out of their book)," said Mukund after his career-boosting knock at the Kensington Oval on Friday.
"The two were playing too late. Chanderpaul was leaving a lot of balls which were close (to the off stump) also. I too wanted to play as late and leave as many as possible," remarked Mukund who shared an important 63-run second wicket stand with Rahul Dravid.
His innings somewhat redeemed the tour for Mukund after his failures in the first three Test knocks of his international career.
"We (the two openers) didn't have enough time to adjust. We landed here just three days before (the first Test). It's been tough, I can be honest about it. The bounce is really steep. But I feel it's good for me that I have played in tough conditions."
Mukund was hit on his helmet by one such steep bouncer from Edwards and he remembers the delivery as a really quick one.
"Any human being will tell you (it hurts). When you are hit, your body tells you are at war. It's a state of shock. But I wanted to convince myself I could face Test bowling."