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ICC World T20 2014: MS Dhoni lauds Rohit Sharma’s innings after India’s win over West Indies

Rohit Sharma scored an unbeaten 62 in 55 balls © Getty Images
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.

ICC World T20 2014 Points Table and Team Standings

ICC World T20 2014 Schedule details

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Oct 20, 2014 (14:30 IST)   at Kolkata

Pakistan vs Australia in UAE, 2014

Oct 22, 2014 (11:30 IST)   at Dubai

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Oct 22, 2014 (19:00 IST)   at Cuttack

South Africa tour of New Zealand, 2014

Oct 24, 2014 (03:00 IST)   at Mount Maunganui

Zimbabwe tour of Bangladesh, 2014

Oct 25, 2014 (09:00 IST)   at Dhaka

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Oct 21, 2014  at Mount Maunganui

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Oct 17, 2014  at Dharamsala

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Oct 14, 2014  at Visakhapatnam

Match cancelled

Pakistan vs Australia in UAE, 2014

Oct 12, 2014  at Abu Dhabi

Australia won by 1 run

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Oct 11, 2014  at Delhi

India won by 48 runs

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