Smith compliments Indian bowlers

April 13th, 2008 - 10:39 pm ICT by admin  

By Qaiser Mohammad Ali
Kanpur, April 13 (IANS) Captain Graeme Smith has credited Indian bowlers for their fine performance and extracting the most from a pitch that had turn and awkward bounce. Smith said his bowling attack lacked discipline and tried too hard to get the Indians out.

“We were not as good with the ball. We were too anxious to bowl India out. India proved if you get the ball in the right areas you can make things happens. There are small things we could have done a bit better,” Smith told reporters after India beat South Africa by eight wickets and levelled the three-match Test series 1-1.

“When you play on a wicket like this, margins are very small. We set out to get 300 in first innings and lost our way towards the end. India got a lead in the first innings and these two swung the match in India’s favour,” he said.

Smith though was not disappointed with the result and said they deprived a strong Indian team from winning the series at home.

After all, South Africa had surprised India by an innings and 90 runs in the second Test in Ahmedabad, putting the pressure on the home team to win the third Test.

Smith was contended as he looked back to the season, during which his team won series in Pakistan and Bangladesh before coming to India.

“We had a good season. We won in Pakistan and Bangladesh and came up against a very good Indian team. We would have loved to win the series, but we played terrific cricket this season. We won eight out of 12 and lost two Tests,” he summed up.

On the Kanpur match, Smith conceded that it was difficult to come back into the match after India took a 60-run first-innings lead.

“The wicket deteriorated quite a lot. The last wicket partnership was frustrating,” he said of the 46-run 10th wicket stand between Ishant Sharma and Sreesanth.

Smith did not outrightly blame the pitch for the defeat.

“It was not easy to score when one delivery is going through the top and one is keeping low. The ball was spinning a lot and India kept us under pressure. Piyush Chawla gave us scoring options, but the rest were tight and put the ball in the right areas and bowled superbly in the match,” he said.

Smith, however, also complimented his batsmen. “I am happy with the batting this season. We got 17 hundreds from our top six batsmen,” he said.

Smith is looking forward to playing in the Indian Premier League, starting Friday.

“IPL had been at the back of our minds. We are looking forward to see what the Indian talent is like,” said the left-hander who will represent Rajasthan Royals.

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