New Delhi: Laxmi Ratan Shukla looked a bit disappointed at the end of the first day of the Ranji Trophy match against Railways at the Jamia Millia University ground on Friday.
His choice of bowling first paid rich dividends in the first session, but things fell apart in the latter part of the day. According to Shukla, dropped catches and a batsmen-friendly wicket were partly responsible for the Railways recovery.
“I won’t say I am too disappointed, but we could have definitely done better, especially after reducing the Railways to 31/3,” said the Bengal skipper.
“But full credit to their batsmen… Arindam (Ghosh) did a great job at a crucial time. We should have held on to the catches that came our way,” he admitted.
“Had we done that, they would have been down by at least seven wickets at the end of the day. A good team never plays in this fashion when on top. They always grab a chance.
“Unfortunately, we could not do it. At that point of time, we did not play the kind of cricket we should have,” Shukla said.
The Bengal captain said the wicket has also eased up after assisting the bowlers in the pre-lunch session. “Now it’s a good batting wicket. However, we still hope to get the Railways out for around 300 runs tomorrow (Saturday) morning.”
Asked whether he could have used his spinners more, Shukla said his pacers were doing a good job. “They were always on the prowl and gave us crucial breaks. So, I persisted with (Ashok) Dinda and (Shib Shankar) Paul.”