Ranji Trophy: Job starts again tomorrow, says Chand
Posted on: 07:48 PM IST Nov 24, 2012
New Delhi: Delhi's unbeaten centurion from their round-four clash against Tamil Nadu, Unmukt Chand, says that the job is only half done even as he stitched a 200-run opening stand with the other centurion Shikhar Dhawan here at the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium to help Delhi reach 287 for 1 on the opening day.
The day ended 10 overs early due to bad light, and after a few stretching exercise to relax his muscles, a relieved Chand talked to the reporters. "Job starts again tomorrow," he said first up. "Today I was playing session by session and did not want to give away my wicket [after doing all the hard] in the last session."
Chand said the freshness in the wicket helped bowlers in the opening hour but then it became easy to bat on. "It was doing a bit [at the start] but then eased out. Initially the plan was to stay on the wicket. Shikhar on the other end eased nerves," he said.
The Delhi opener also felt that the track is getting slower. "The pitch is slowing down. Happy that I came out unbeaten. Tomorrow I will start from zero."
Delhi coach Vijay Dahiya was happy about the fact that they had lost just one wicket. "Very happy that Unmukt is still there and we are just one wicket down," the coach said.
When asked if Tamil Nadu made a wrong decision by opting to field, Dahiya stopped short of commenting on the opponents' strategy. "They thought there is something in the wicket. I think the openers batted well. We got to give it to them."