'We need to play sensibly'

Calcutta: Laxmi Ratan Shukla was the wrecker-in-chief for Bengal as he scalped four Mumbai batsmen on the first day of their Ranji Trophy match at the Brabourne Stadium, on Saturday. But Shukla, a veteran of many battles, doesn't want to get carried away with the success.

Instead, he wants to focus on dismissing Mumbai cheaply on the second day. "Mumbai have a very strong batting unit… I must say that we did a very good job to reduce them to 262 for seven.

"But the job is only half done. It is imperative that we dismiss them quickly early in the morning. Then, we need to bat really well to pile up an imposing total," Shukla said.

Bengal have frittered away advantages in their previous matches earlier this season. Shukla said they need to play sensibly in order to avoid the slip. "We have to stay at the wicket… We need to play sensibly."

Speaking about his own performance, Shukla said he wanted to vindicate captain Manoj Tiwary's decision of bringing him early into the attack.

"The wicket was assisting the pacers. Manoj decided to bring me into the attack early. I was confident of bowling well. I bowled stump to stump… I decided to stick to my basics. And it paid off," said Shukla.


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