Raman credits bowlers

Calcutta: Despite a winning start to their zonal campaign of the Vijay Hazare Trophy, Woorkeri Raman isn't satisfied with the batsmen's performance, on Thursday.

Bengal were dismissed for 186 in 46.1 overs at the JU Salt Lake Campus ground. Orissa collapsed for 175 handing Bengal an 11-run victory.

"I hoped the script to be different… We were woefully short of runs. Thankfully the bowlers did a cover-up job. The batsmen need to work hard," said the Bengal coach.

"I don't wish to single out any individual, it's been a collective failure… The trend has to change overnight… It's a question of mindset… We've got to bat longer… It's easy to fall prey to the slam-bang tactics of Twenty20 cricket… We've got to play within our limitations."

Captain Laxmi Ratan Shukla, however, didn't wish to put the blame on the batsmen.

"I don't want to blame the batsmen… The performance no doubt was disappointing but past is past… We've got to look ahead," he said.

"The wicket wasn't ideal for batting in the morning session. If we had got the opportunity to bowl, we would have dismissed within 120/130. The toss is proving to be vital at this ground. We've got to credit everyone… We knew we had to fight hard after scoring 186… It's not fortune, but hard work that fetched us the victory," said the coach.

Raman was all praise for Shukla's bowling. "It's nice to see someone who had been written off performing so well… I'm very happy for him."


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