SHIMAGO, India — Miguel Cummins said it was hard work bowling against the India A batsmen but he was delighted with his return of three wickets on the third day of the second ‘Test’ on Friday.
The lanky 24-year-old took 3-58 from a marathon 25 overs as West Indies A bowled out the home side for 359 to take a first innings lead of 47 runs. Windies reached 28-0 – an overall lead of 75 going into the final day.
“In four-day games on these pitches, you just got to be patient. Most times you want a result but sometimes you just don’t get a result. So you just have to take what you get,” Cummins told reporters after the day’s play.
Cummins is a graduate of the Sagicor High Performance Centre and played his first full season of first-class cricket this year. This is just his 12th match at this level and he has already taken 43 wickets at an average of under 20 runs per wicket. He said the dry and docile pitches in India have presented him with a major challenge.
“It (pitches) give you a challenge. You need to concentrate more and need to get more control… be more patient with your bowling and batting and take your time as you try to build pressure. I would prefer a bouncy pitch like in the Caribbean but here they’re not as bouncy. They’re still enjoyable to bowl on and it’s a good experience,” he said.
“The Indian batsmen weren’t really giving me anything. They weren’t really trying to score much. So you had to be patient and work for your wickets. I was happy with the way I bowled today and as a team we are happy to get the lead and will look to push on from here.”