Our players should have focused on saving races, laments the coach of Saurashtra

RAJKOT: Saurashtra wasted the advantage of Day Two and is now looking at the barrel in the Ranji Semifinal trophy against Gujarat at the SCA stadium in Rajkot on Monday. Reflecting on what the day was like for the hosts, his coach Niraj Odedra Lamented Saurashtra could have applied themselves better. Definitely it was a bad day for us. I think boys could have applied themselves better. One good thing was nobody threw his wicket, everybody got out to a good ball. But then this is a semifinal and you expect that sort of bowling, Odedra said.

Saurashtra were reduced to 66 for five at the end of Day Three. Talking about the bowling strategy to grab four more wickets after resuming at 119 for six on Monday, the coach reflected that their approach to go for the wickets is hurting them. Normally we follow a process where two bowlers bowl in tandem, they try to bowl in pairs and try to create pressure by bowling good deliveries between them. We did the same thing against Andhra in the quarterfinal and had success. Again Chirag Jani and Prerak Mankad threw 25-30 points balls between them and that got us two portholes. Chintan Gaja I just came in and played that punch. It was more like a counterattack. We could have launched a good line and length and try to save races instead of going to the wickets. I think that one thing [overlooked] on our side.

Praising the star artist of the day, Odedra said Gaja played in the right areas instead of focusing on the rhythm or movement of the wicket. The good thing about him is that he plays in that area, instead of focusing more on the pace or type of movement you get from the wicket. I think the area he plays in, that's what makes you wickets.

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