Ranji Trophy: We were caught in two minds, says Tamil Nadu coach

Aggressive cricket is not just synonymous with Ravi Shastri, Virat Kohli and the new-age Indian team. Tamil Nadu have also been major practitioners of that – stepping on to the field with the intention of winning. In the process of doing so, they lost the three points that they would have got had the match been drawn after Tamil Nadu took a comfortable 140-run first innings lead.

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Tamil Nadu coach M Sanjay said his team play with the intention to win. “This is a great experience. It is the league stage and we have a young bunch of players. They are learning all the time and these kinds of experiences will only make them strong,” Sanjay said. Asked about the dramatic collapse on Saturday when his side lost seven wickets for 71 in the second innings, Sanjay said it was “the players’ indecision whether to go for the runs or to retain their wickets” that resulted in that. “Vishal Dabholkar bowled well. Our batsmen were under pressure. Having taken the lead, we wanted to see off the day but were caught in two minds. Our batsmen were getting starts. Dinesh Karthik came back into form but was unlucky in the second innings,” Sanjay said.

The former TN wicket-keeper knew that Mumbai would go for the win and backed his bowlers to turn it around for his team. “Shreyas Iyer and Suryakumar Yadav played really well. When Yadav got out first ball after tea, I thought we would win. We have had all three results in our first three games – a draw, a win and a loss. Now, it is for us to see what suits us and how we approach in the remainder of the league,” said Sanjay.

On Murali Vijay, who was playing his first game in nearly two months and assessing his hamstring that kept him out, Sanjay said the Test opener “has coped up well”. “He did a very good job. Though he did not score big here, he was looking good in whatever duration he was at the crease and also while fielding,” Sanjay said.