Calcutta: Just two matches into the season and Bengal coach Woorkeri Raman feels that the batsmen and bowlers in his side are failing to apply themselves properly.
On the fourth and final day of their away match against Punjab, in Mohali, Bengal needed to play out the day with nine wickets in their hand. That would have ensured one point for the Manoj Tiwarys while restricting Punjab’s tally to three. But they managed to play just 57 overs in the day, getting bundled out for 226. The innings defeat not only means that they will return empty handed, but also that Punjab pocketed a bonus point.
Speaking after the match, Raman said: “The batsmen as well as the bowlers failed to get going… The Punjab side were superior in all the departments.
“We did not score enough runs in the first innings… From there on, we were playing the catch-up game. The Punjab bowlers were a disciplined lot, while our bowlers could not perform,” he added.
For Bengal Laxmi Ratan Shukla and Wriddhiman Saha were the only notable run scorers. Shukla, in fact, remained unbeaten on 91, an innings where he took the attack to the opposition camp.
Talking about his team’s performance, Shukla echoed his coach when he said: “I think we failed to execute our plans… We are really disappointed. The batsmen needed to show character. But we failed to apply ourselves.”
Shukla, however, had a word of praise for Wriddhiman. “He has matured as a cricketer and is batting brilliantly.”
Bengal will play their next match against Gujarat at home. Asked whether the loss will affect the morale of the team, Shukla said: “The coach has imbibed some values in the players over the two years... Now, when the team lose, we don’t lose motivation. Instead, we are motivated to do well in the next match. I have complete faith in our boys and we will certainly make a comeback.”