India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni felt that his side did all they could to win the second Test against West Indies, which ended in a draw on Saturday at Kensington Oval here.
Dhoni said his side was naturally disappointed that they could not have earned a series-clinching victory, but they were not too concerned about missing the opportunity.
"Rain or bad light is not in our control," he said. "There is no reason why we should be disappointed.
"(Maybe) 12 to 13 overs could have got us (the win), but you can't control the weather."
India set West Indies 281 for victory from a minimum of 83 overs, and were coming under pressure, when there was a half-hour stoppage for rain, with the hosts needing 100 from 111 balls with five wickets standing.
Another 15 minutes were lost due to a soggy outfield, when play resumed, and the groundstaff were called upon to apply a drying agent to the offending area.
When bad light finally ended play with a minimum of 63 deliveries remaining, West Indies were a perilous 202 for seven.
"I thought 281 to get in 83 overs was always going to be difficult," said Dhoni. "The outfield was slow, and as we have seen in this series, the shot-making has never been easy.
"They were five wickets down, and we needed two more wickets which we did get. Only 100 runs at that stage to get could have appeared 70-run surplus for us.
"It was quite difficult to score freely unless you bowled really bad. That's why scoring rate wasn't high in this Test."
Dhoni praised his side for their performance during a Test, which was dogged by rain. He singled out beanpole fast bowler Ishant Sharma for special mention.
Sharma collected a career-best 6-55 in the first innings, and finished with a match haul of 10 for 108.
"Right from the IPL, Ishant has bee, bowling in the right areas," said Dhoni. "Everything, from seam positioning to rhythm has been perfect from him.
"That's the reason he is up in pace and bounce. He's been bowling with pace and in good areas and has been the pick of our bowlers.
"Zaheer shared a lot of his experience with him, and Sharma is now doing it with other quick bowlers."
But the cool Indian skipper did make a pointed reference about the failure of two of his young batsmen in the series - Murali Vijay and Virat Kohli.
"Murali is a good talent," he said. "He is a good boy, spends a lot of time (in improving himself), studying what needs to be done. He would have had a good deal to learn from the last series (against South Africa) and the present series.
"(As for Virat), it's a difficult one. Personally after his innings, between the break, you have to interact for (him), and tell him not to get bogged down.
"Performance is not always in players' control. However, fair exposure and good work in the concerned area could get them there."
Dhoni refused to comment on his controversial dismissal in the first innings. The sport's world governing body, the ICC, disclosed last Thursday that he was erroneously dismissed, following the wrong TV replay being shown to the third umpire during a review of a no-ball.
Source: AFP Global Edition