Karnataka coach defends decision to bat first

After Karnataka were rolled over for 192 on the opening day of their encounter against Delhi at home, the point of debate was the wisdom of opting to bat first on a grassy pitch. Their batting coach J Arunkumar defended the move, saying the batsmen had come out with a plan to bat positively after seeing off the new ball. He admitted that the batsmen failed to execute their plans properly, playing the wrong shots before getting settled.

Robin Uthappa was out in the first over to Ashish Nehra – to an lbw call that Arunkumar called “dicey” – and that opened the floodgates as Karnataka struggled to build partnerships and lost wickets at regular intervals.

“It was a collective decision to bat first. We felt it was a good surface to bat on if you played positively and the batsmen went with that mindset,” Arunkumar said. “Unfortunately, before they got settled they were dismissed. Robin’s wicket was unfortunate. It looked a bit dicey. Nobody settled in long enough to start playing strokes. Stuart settled in and he too looked positive. We saw that Shikhar [Dhawan, the Delhi opener] also did the same.” Read more
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