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We got what we wanted, says Kirsten

Bowlers & batters impressed with their performances, says coach.

Garima Dutt |September 27, 2008, 2:01 PM IST
We got what we wanted, says Kirsten

Vadodara: Indian coach Gary Kirsten, who is impressed with Delhi leg spinner Chetanya Nanda's showing, said his team got what they wanted after winning the Irani Cup by beating Delhi by 187 runs with more than one and a half days to spare on Saturday.

"Nanda was very impressive. He is not a very good spinner of the ball but has good control on the line and length. He bowled very well against seasoned rest of India batsmen," Kirsten told reporters after the prize distribution ceremony.

Speaking about the match, Kirsten said, he got what his team wanted out of this match.

"We got what we wanted in this match. Five day games are not just scoring big runs but also staying at the wicket for a long time. Our batsmen managed to spend time on the wicket and that is a good sign. It was a very good preparation for the series ahead," he said.

"Our bowlers too impressed with their performances and I am satisfied with the way things have gone here before the camp at Bangalore starts from September 29," he added.

When asked about former India coach, Greg Chappell, guiding the Aussie team during the forthcoming Test series, Kirsten said, he was not concerned about it.

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"I am not concerned about who coaches or guides the Australian team I am only interested in how well the Indian team will perform. I am the coach of the Indian team and my loyalties stay with them and I am not worried about the preparations of the opposition team," he said.

Delhi leg spinner was so impressive that the coach wanted to face him on the match strip while the Indian skipper Anil Kumble bowled with him after the match.

Kirsten padded up and faced Nanda and Kumble soon after the match was over while Parthiv Patel kept wickets and bowling coach Venkatesh Prasad was a keen observer.

Nanda started off bowling from the pavilion end while Kirsten not only faced him but also swept him for a boundary. Later on the Delhi spinner changed ends and bowled from the Press Box end and managed to beat Kirsten a few times.

Nanda, who had an impressive match, taking eight for 108 in the match, including five for 48 in the second innings, was the pick of the Delhi bowlers.

Among his victims in the match were former India skipper Rahul Dravid, V V S Laxman (second innings), Wasim Jaffer and Mohammad Kaif (first innings). The 28-year-old, however, scored just one run in the match.

However, a modest Nanda did not see too much in the keen interest shown by Kirsten and Kumble.

"It is nothing, Anilbhai just shared a few bowling tips, which is the best thing that has happened to me as he is my role model, and the coach wanted to face a few balls from me," he told Cricketnext.com.

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