Bangalore: The Chief of the Indian selection panel, Krishnamachari Srikkanth, was pleased with the side’s performance in the first Test of the Border-Gavaskar series.

Said Srikkanth here on Monday, “Even though no batsman got a century, if you look at both the innings together, all the batsmen have scored. That’s a very good sign. We will be more confident from here on. The second Test will be a different ball game.”

He was particularly happy with Sachin Tendulkar’s effort in the second innings. “It is not easy to bat in trying circumstances. There were huge cracks in the wicket.

“The ball was keeping up and down. That’s why Sachin is Sachin. In the first innings Zaheer and Harbhajan fought brilliantly. Not giving up and fighting hard is a great quality.”

He dispelled speculations about skipper Anil Kumble’s fitness. “He is fit enough to play. You saw him bowl. I don’t think there is any question about his fitness. He was a bit unlucky that catches were dropped off his bowling,” Srikkanth said.

He noted that the experience of the Indian batsmen came into play during the Test. “The batsmen did an excellent job. In a trying situation like this, the experience of Sachin, Laxman, Dravid and Ganguly proved very useful in this Test,” he said. — Special Correspondent

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