Kumble: Losing more than 100 overs was crucial

"There was loss of play, more than 100 overs were lost in this Test match. So all those factors mattered. In the end, credit to the West Indian batsmen in terms of how they batted today and their application as well," said India's coach Anil Kumble.

Anil Kumble lamented the rain even as he praised the West Indies batsmen, who saved the match on the final day.   -  Reuters

Indian coach Anil Kumble praised Roston Chase's match-saving century but also lamented losing more than 100 overs of bowling time that enabled the host to play out a draw in the second Test.

Chase's 137 and half-centuries from Jermaine Blackwood and Shane Dowrich helped West Indies end the final day at 388 for six from a precarious 48 for four as India could not consolidate on its 1-0 lead in the series.

"Obviously, we wanted to win this Test match. Yesterday, we were in a very good position and credit to the West Indies batsmen, the way they batted," said Kumble.

"Yesterday, time was very crucial for us because we were in great momentum and the conditions were such that it could have been different if we had probably bowled more.

"There was loss of play, more than 100 overs were lost in this Test match. So all those factors mattered. In the end, credit to the West Indian batsmen in terms of how they batted today and their application as well."

Talking about Chase, the former Indian captain said, "It is creditable for someone playing in his second Test match, to be able to bat through the day and save the game for his team. Chase's approach today was very good.

"He looked to attack when needed to and blocked literally every ball. So he kept our bowlers at bay, which was obviously disappointing from the outside."

"I think all their batsmen, right from Jermaine Blackwood, Jason Holder and Shane Dowrich, all of them applied themselves. It's something that we also have to sit down and analyze as to how we're going to get the last five wickets because in this series they have certainly contributed."

"You can't really look at the forecast and take decisions. If you looked at the forecast on day three, it was supposed to rain the whole day, and even on day four it was supposed to rain."

"The plan was always to take wickets. Initially, since we had 300 runs on the board, we were attacking and they came hard at us as well, and they got away in the five or six overs. They got a lot of runs.

"And once that period happened, I believe the ball went a bit soft as well. So it was quite difficult to get the purchase that we were getting yesterday and the conditions were different as well."