Pune: India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni said he was worried when England were cruising at one stage and lauded his bowlers, especially Yuvraj Singh for turning the tide for them in the first Twenty20 match.
England were off to a flying start, reaching 76 in just eight overs. "The pressure was on the bowlers and it was important from the eighth over onwards that we were on top. Yuvraj was brilliant. I thought he bowled really well at the right time. I was a bit worried because they got off to a flying start but Ashwin bowled well in the first three overs," Dhoni said after India won the match by five wickets.
Yuvraj took three wickets and conceded just 19 runs in his four-over quota. Dhoni said Yuvraj kept his cool under presssure and the win was morale boosting after crushing Test series defeat. "Every bowler apart from Yuvraj bowled one bad over but overall it was a good performance. In the shorter formats, we have done quite well and it builds the confidence," he said.
England skipper Eoin Morgan said that not putting enough runs on the board hurt them badly. "We lacked some discipline with the batting, Alex Hales did well but we lacked about 15-20 runs. We never seemed to get going, we lost wickets. We didn't get the early wickets but we always though we were in the game, and it's tough defending that score," Morgan said.
The visiting captain was confident that his side will regroup and comeback. "We're a young side and we've shown a lot of promise, we'll have to pick ourselves up."
Yuvraj, adjudged man of the match, said batting with straight bat helped him. "When it comes to T20 I like to express myself. I try to hit everything straight and see how it goes," the left-hander said. "Chasing was a good idea because of the dew and the ball comes on later in the day. I just need to keep playing, keep hitting the ball straight. I want to play as much as possible, train harder, work harder," he added.
Asked about his bowling success, Yuvraj said, "I tried to bowl a bit slow, I thought that might help, tried not to give any loose balls."
He showed his humane side as he dedicated his Man-of-the-Match award against England to the girl, who was gang raped and is now battling for her life in a hospital in New Delhi.
A budding 23-year-old physiotherapist was gang raped and manhandled in a moving bus on Sunday, an incident which shook the nation, leading to angry outburst across the country.