<div class="img-caption-wrap "> <img alt="India vs England 2012-13: Alastair Cook heaps praise on Ishant Sharma" src="https://st2.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/cricket/image_20130128135051.jpg" title="India vs England 2012-13: Alastair Cook heaps praise on Ishant Sharma" /> <p class="imgcaptionnew" style="width:618px;"> Alastair Cook felt that it was important for the team to win and end on a high note © Getty Images</p> </div> <strong>Dharamsala: Jan 28, 2013</strong><br /> <br /> England skipper <a href="/tags/Alastair-Cook/post" target="_blank">Alastair Cook</a> praised Indian bowler <a href="/tags/Ishant-Sharma/post" target="_blank">Ishant Sharma</a> stating that they would like to have a play a few more matches in the long run. England ended their bilateral series against India by winning the last One-Day International at Dharamsala, even though they lost the series 2-3.<br /> <br /> "He has bowled well throughout the series actually, and in the Test series as well. He is a fine bowler and I am sure we will have few more battles along the way."<br /> <br /> The English bowlers restricted India to a respectable total on Sunday.<a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/cricket-articles/Ian-Bell-guides-England-to-consolatory-win-against-India-in-5th-ODI/22454" target="_blank"> Ian Bell helped the visitors sign off their Indian tour on a winning note</a>. Cook felt that it was important for the team to win and end on a high note.<br /> <br /> "It was obviously important to try and win this game. We played well as a team. The bowlers set up the match well. And any time when you are chasing 227, if you have one of the top-order batsmen scoring a hundred, you can win the game. Ian Bell played beautifully. Us winning and him getting the Man of the Match was a just reward for getting a hundred in this game, and it shows how well he has batted," Cook was quoted as saying by <em>bcci.tv</em><br /> <br /> "It was very important to end the series on a high. There's always disappointment when you come to try and win a series, then lose 2-3. I thought the way the lads performed today was really good," he added.<br /> <br /> On being asked whether Dharamsala had an easy track to bat on, Cook replied, "It wasn’t. The wicket was still doing a little bit. It was good toss to win. Though it was hard to bat, we had to hold our nerve; and Bell did that. It is hard to stop good players from scoring and he certainly is one of those. We held our nerve and chased the target comfortably."<br /> <br /> "We have won some games of cricket here and when we play well, we are match-winners in any condition," Cook concluded.