Team India cherishes T20 victory

Updated: 29 September 2007 07:54 IST

India's victory over Pakistan in the Twenty20 World Cup on Monday is a moment that the Men in Blue will cherish for the rest of their lifetime.

Team India cherishes T20 victory

Johannesburg:

India's victory over Pakistan in the Twenty20 World Cup on Monday is a moment that the Men in Blue will cherish for the rest of their lifetime.

It is a win which Pakistan's Misbah-ul-Haq nearly stole from them.

Thirteen runs were required off the last over and six from the last four balls until Joginder Sharma reposed his captain's faith once again.

"I thought if a medium pacer bowls, it will be slightly difficult for Misbah to hit him. He was timing Harbhajan really well and Harbhajan was also not sure about bowling yorkers."

"So, I thought instead of giving it to a bowler who is not 100 per cent sure, I should give it to a bowler who has had a decent spell till now," said MS Dhoni, Captain, Indian Cricket Team.

Another Indian bowler, who along with RP Singh, made heads turn at the Twenty20 World Cup was Irfan Pathan.

Ironically, it was from South Africa only that the Baroda youngster was sent back home midway through the Test series last December due to loss of form.

"Last year has been tough for me, I was in and out of the side. I worked really hard. Not many people were there for me in the last six months, very few people put their hands up and tried to help me."

"This stage came early in my career at the age of 22. Not many people have seen what i have seen. But i have been out of it now and bowling well so I believe I will go a long way," said Pathan.

Long way Pakistan will also have to go to fulfill their dream of beating India in a World Cup match.

The Men in Green however admitted that they lost to a better side on Monday.

"We were planning that we should not let India cross 150-160 mark. We succeeded in that but we lost too many early wickets and that's why we lost," said Shoaib Malik, captain, Pakistan Cricket Team.

So, with the Indians doing quite well, is there any need to appoint a regular coach for the team?

"No comments," said Dhoni.

Topics : Cricket India
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