Australia v India, Women's World Cup final April 10, 2005

Indian coach hits out at 'very bad display'

Sudha Shah, the Indian coach, didn't hide her disappointment and said her team put themselves under pressure for nothing. Her verdict: a game which was supposed to be taken normally was lost as the girls failed to carry themselves along confidently. In a conversation with Cricinfo, Shah touched on the vital turning points of the final

Jhulan Goswami is congratulated by Deepa Marathe ... but the successes were few and far between © Getty Images
So was it a case of panic in the end?
It was very bad display by us. Our top-order batting just caved in. I wouldn't term it as panic. They just didn't apply themselves properly while chasing and they just put themselves under pressure unnecessarily. As a result there were four run-outs.

How about the wicket?
The fact that the wicket was a perfect batting strip makes it more disappointing. We just had to go there and bat like we did in the previous games.

Did losing the toss put on the pressure? What kind of total were you looking to restrict them to?
Yes, we would have liked to bat first. And we knew that we could manage to chase any score between 200 and 215.

Where did the bowlers falter?
The bowlers did well. It was only in the last five overs the Karen Rolton- Lisa Sthalekar combination caused the maximum damage. It wasn't the bowling but the fielding that was to blame. We fielded well in patches. When Rolton was dropped at 60 by Amita Sharma at mid-on off Neetu David we lost the World Cup there.

Final words about the girls...
They are feeling very bad. But we just needed to take it normally and we messed it up.