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The pitch didn’t help the bowlers on the fifth day of the match: Dravid

India’s head coach Rahul Dravid on Monday lauded spin bowlers for dominating despite the pitch not helping them during the fifth day’s play in the drawn first Test against New Zealand. Of.

The Indian bowlers took nine wickets for New Zealand (India vs New Zealand), but failed to dismiss the last pair of Rachin Ravindra and Ajaj Patel. Both batted boldly for 8.4 overs to prevent India from registering a win.

Dravid said after the match on Monday, ‘We showed a lot of patience and fighting spirit and worked really hard in that last session. The pitch was not helping on the fifth day. The ball was not moving and it was a really great effort to take eight wickets after lunch.

He said, ‘Had there been a little bit of luck, the turn of the match would have turned towards us. I think the players worked really hard.

Dravid was surprised that the ball was getting very little turn from the pitch on the fifth day of the match and the ball was not moving unevenly. This prevented the ball from taking the edge of the bat and limited the role of the slips and the fielders standing around the batsman.

Dravid said, ‘The ball was coming slow with the bottom, maybe there was no bounce and turn. On the fifth day the pitch cracks in Indian conditions but it was nothing like that.

Dravid said, ‘Usually on the fifth day in India, the spinners get help, the ball hits the edge of the bat and after that the surrounding fielders have to play the role. but that did not happen. Even till the last day of the match, very few catches came close to the bat.

The coach said that players like Tom Latham were capable of playing more than 400 deliveries in both innings and this was because it was not difficult to bat defensively on this pitch.

He said, ‘It seemed that if you don’t want to score runs then you are difficult to get out. We have players who have been able to dominate even in these conditions. Had it not been so, the match would have escalated to a monotonous draw.