New Delhi: When a team wins four matches on-the-trot, it can afford to show some attitude. Jamia Millia's left-arm spinner Deepak Sharma, who emerged the Man of the Match in the first semifinal of the Toyota University Cricket Championship on Thursday evening, said his team was on a high and pressure brought the best out of him and his mates. Sharma took four wickets for 16 runs to destroy Jiwaji University, Gwalior that was all out for just 61 runs, the tournament's lowest.
"There was no pressure because we were playing a big match today. In fact, pressure always brings the best out of me and my team showed that,” Sharma said. After Thursday's haul, Sharma becomes the tournament's highest wicket-taker with nine wickets. Gwalior’s Prashant Mavai also has nine wickets but the Jamia spinner can one go better in the final on Sunday.
"It's been a very exciting tournament so far. I have always dreamt of playing big cricket but the atmosphere under which we are playing now was something that I never expected," Sharma told former Indian Test batsman Arun Lal in a post-match chat.
Jamia skipper Parveen Yadav praised his teammates and said they were a "rocking" unit. "They play positive cricket and Sharma demonstrated that when he bowled. We are very confident unit and that’s part of our preparation," said Yadav.
Jiwaji University captain Sohraab Dhaliwal was a disappointed man. "Nothing went right for us. The Jamia bowlers were too good for us and they didn't allow us to score at all. The first six overs were crucial for us. But we lost early wickets," Dhaliwal explained as the cause for his team's horrible batting.
Defending his decision to set a target, Dhaliwal said: "We are not good chasers. Our plan was to score around 150 runs and then get the opposition out. But we were not good enough."