Ranji Trophy: Kanitkar admits TN’s failure to sustain momentum

Both against Andhra in the first innings and Tripura, here, on Saturday, Tamil Nadu allowed the opposition to recover after making early dents.

Tamil Nadu let the opposition off the hook after assuming control. Smit Patel (in picture) was the major piece of resistance, scoring 99.   -  V. Ganesan

Tamil Nadu coach Hrishikesh Kanitkar believes that his side should learn to press home its advantage. Both against Andhra in the first innings and Tripura, here, on Saturday, Tamil Nadu allowed the opposition to recover after making early dents.

In this game, Tamil Nadu and K. Vignesh struck with the first delivery of the match and then took two more before Tripura rebuilt its innings. “It’s about maintaining the pressure. We have not been able to do that. It’s something we have to look into. It has nothing to do with skill, it’s just about keeping the momentum going when you are on top.”

‘Committed players’

Kanitkar appreciated the batting of Smit Patel and Yashpal Singh. “They two are outstation professionals and are also very committed players. The pitch is good too.”

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He appreciated young spinners Washington Sundar and Sai Kishore. “Washington bowled really well, he is someone who will feature in the next matches too for us. It’s good that Sai Kishore is playing this game. He too will play more games for us.”

‘No regrets’

Smit Patel, asked about the adventurous stroke on 99 that led to his dismissal, said, “The ball was there to be hit. I have no regrets.” Interestingly, he had struck the previous delivery for a six to move to 99.

Both Smit and Yashpal have the experience of playing in the TNCA league here. Smit said, “Either me or Yashpal should have stayed till the end. We would have been in a stronger position. Tamil Nadu bowled well.”