Jharkhand coach Rajiv Kumar defended his side and said that they would surely bounce back to qualify from Group D in the Vijay Hazare Trophy. Also he added that although MS Dhoni failed with the bat in the previous match his leadership is something to take inspiration from.
The coach blamed the Jadavpur University second campus wicket for their 21-run loss against Hyderabad as they were bundled out for 182 in 44.4 overs while they were needed 204 to win. According to him, the uneven bounce of the wicket was the prime reason for their defeat.
Jharkhand coach said, "He (Dhoni) could not have done much. There was little time to react. It was a good length ball that stayed low and skidded onto stumps. It was his bad luck."
Dhoni’s brilliant captaincy helped Jharkhand managed to restrict Hyderabad to 203/8.
The coach heaped praise on Dhoni for his captaincy skill, “His leadership quality is an inspiration to all of us. With his smart thinking, he's able to restrict a team for 276/9 when they're eyeing a total of 300-plus (against Services in Kalyani on 28 February). Here we could restrict them for 200-odd. There's an overall improvement but wicket has been difficult, we have not been successful to adapt quickly.”
Rajiv further added, “He has seen situations like no one else here. Nobody knows to finish a game better than him. His presence is a big boost for the side. In Kalyani, we lost three but Jaggi and Saurabh finished the game. It's a big learning experience for all of us.”
After four matches, Karnataka and Hyderabad each have 16 points and are placed in the first and second position on the Vijay Hazare Trophy Group ‘D’ respectively. They have an edge over Jharkhand who are placed in the thid position with 12 points. Dhoni-led side will have to post a big win against Jammu and Kashmir in Kalyani on 6 March to keep their hopes alive for a place in the knockouts.
Rajiv hoped that his side would bounce back to make the last-eight as Dhoni pepped up his team mates which boosted their confidence after the match. He added, “He had a good chat with the team. He told us what are the areas of weakness we need to work as a team.”
Rajiv Kumar said that the left-handed batsman Saurabh Tiwary developed cramps and got out when his team needed 31 runs off 70 balls, however, he scored a century in that game.
He added on Saurabh, “It's not fair to say he threw his wicket. Had he been successful in chasing we would have said he played an extraordinary innings. But only he could feel how his body was feeling. He developed cramps. He wanted to close the game so there were a lot of things going in his mind.”