Rohit Sharma scored an unbeaten 62 in 55 balls © Getty Images
Mirpur (Bangladesh): March 23, 2014
India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni was happy that opening batsman Rohit Sharma came back to form with a match-winning unbeaten 62 against the West Indies in a Group 2 match of the ICC World Twenty20 at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium on Sunday.
“It was important for Rohit to bat through, we all know the kind of batsman he is, on a pitch like this… he will take plenty from this game,” he said after India’s seven-wicket win.
Dhoni said he would prefer to take one game at a time. ”Let us take it one game at a time, no point thinking too far ahead, we could have finished it an over earlier but that was up to the batsmen in the middle,” he said. Dhoni said the team has been playing well and in the forthcoming matches, other batsmen would also get a chance.
“We are playing well, so it doesn’t really matter that everyone should get a chance, our bowlers have bowled well, they have been tested. In the coming matches the other batsmen may get a chance. We don’t really have a banker, a bowler to bowl the 18th-20th over. We are playing games to some extent, to see who is better suited,” he said.
Leggie Amit Mishra, who picked his his second Man of the Match, said variations he had worked out in the nets are finally working.
“I’ve done a lot of hard work in the nets for my variations and I’m happy they are coming out well,” he said. West Indies skipper Darren Sammy admitted that Indian spinners made the difference.
“We just didn’t respond well enough to their spinners, it took us a long time. Credit to them, they executed well … it was good to see our bowlers take it the distance to the last over, because net run rate could come into play. Not enough runs on the board but happy with the way the bowlers came back,” he said.
Sammy backed his top order batsmen to deliver in the remaining matches. ”We know what our top order can do, it’s just one game, we have three to go. No panic button, we are going to regroup and come back in two days’ time,” he said.
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