Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said Sunday that the visitors could have lost the third Test had they pressed hard for a win against the West Indies on a difficult track at the Windsor Park.
Chasing 180 for a win, India were 94 for three when Dhoni decided to call off the match with 15 overs left. India had to settle for a draw in the third Test but won the series 1-0.
“Not disappointed about stopping the run chase. We were risking a series win going after the target. We realised that it was not worth going for it after those wickets, we gave it a go but we are happy with the series win,” Dhoni said.
“We did well in this game. West Indies batted well actually, we are not disappointed in any way,” he said.
Asked about the wicket, Dhoni said: “We were not sure about the wicket. If we go with a 2-2 combination and the track turns out to be flat, that can be a problem. We knew we had bowlers who could spin the ball if it started taking turn, like Raina.”
“Harbhajan was getting a bit of spin and bounce and he got valuable wickets. Not much help for the fast bowlers, they did well,” he said.
Dhoni said the series helped the youngsters and also praised Man of the Series Ishant Sharma, who finished with 23 wickets.
Ishant said: “This is my first series where I took the highest wickets. It’s kind of an Indian track, slow and flat, but you have to put in the effort as these things are beyond your control. I am pretty confident about myself, looking forward to England.”