'To bat first was a team decision'

Backing Karnataka’s decision to bat first on a pacer-friendly pitch, coach J Arun Kumar said that it was a unanimous decision from the batting unit that could have gone either way.

“We spoke to the batting unit, it was a collective decision. It is a good surface to bat if you play positively and everybody said that they were going to play positively in this game,” said the former Ranji player. “It was unfortunate Robin (Uthappa) got out early, otherwise we’d have seen a very positive game from him. Unfortunately, nobody got settled in for a long time to play the strokes. Stuart (Binny) settled and he started playing. But the intention was to play positive on this wicket.”

He continued: “Shikhar (Dhawan) is playing positively and he’s getting runs.”
After bowling out Karnataka for 192, Delhi raced to 44 for two from 15 overs with Dhawan leading the way with a quickfire innings. Dhawan scored an unbeaten 38 from 56 balls with seven boundaries.

“There were maybe two or three,” said Arun Kumar, when asked if his batsmen lost their wickets prodding at deliveries unnecessarily. “Maybe in the course of trying to be positive, they didn’t pick the right ball to drive. But I think it’s a good start that they’re thinking of playing positive. If they start playing positive, like Dhawan did, it’s a very good sign for us. We have a lot of guys who have talent in abundance, they have to get runs, that’s it.”

Meanwhile, Parvinder Awana was ecstatic with his performance and rated the ball which dismissed K L Rahul as one which he was happiest with. “Yes (I was happy with that dismissal). It is my special delivery. I have taken a lot of wickets like that this season. The ball shapes in and then moves out later,” said the seamer.

Awana also explained why he decided to change ends from the Pavillion End to the North End after bowling only a couple of overs from the former. The first ball after the change of ends, resulted in him scalping Rahul. “I was not able to find my rhythm from this end. When I bowled from there I felt good.”

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