TN coach livid at Karnataka

Arun Kumar defends decision to bat on after securing innings lead

Tamil Nadu coach VB Chandrasekhar lashed out at Karnataka’s decision to continue to play even after taking the innings lead during a Group ‘B’ Ranji Trophy encounter at the MA Chidambaram stadium on Monday.

From a seemingly impossible position, Karnataka, on the back of spectacular innings from Ganesh Satish (200 n.o.) and CM Gautam (130 n.o.)), went past Tamil Nadu’s 538/4 declared with seven mandatory overs to spare in the match.

However, with Ganesh on 192 and nearing his first first-class double ton, the Karnataka team management unsurprisingly made the TN bowlers bowl until the 24-year-old reached the landmark which he achieved with an edge down to the third man with 16 balls to go in the day.

“One thing I realised is that this game finished the moment the team got the lead,” said a stern Chandrasekhar. “The batsman may be in his 190s but you have taken the innings lead. Why should the game extend? What sense does it make?

If I wanted to kill the game we could’ve said ‘we’ll bat another twenty overs and then you go get those 620 runs in a short time’. I could’ve made (Dinesh) Kaarthick, who was in such good touch, play for his double hundred as well but I didn’t because we wanted to attack. Not kill the game.”

The former Indian cricketer continued: “Somewhere these rules need to be applied. The sporting spirit needs to apply. I could’ve just thrown the ball and said ‘go get a double hundred’. These things shouldn’t work like that.”

In response, Karnataka’s batting coach J Arun Kumar backed his team’s decision and said it was something that had to be done. “What would he have done if one of his batsmen were in such a position? See, it (double hundred) is not something that happens often and Gans (Satish) completely deserved it. We would’ve been doing wrong had we called him back from that position.”

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