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India vs Sri Lanka 1st ODI Post Match Presentation #IndvSL 2012

July 22, 2012 Latest News, ODI  Posted by   No Comments

Dhoni: The rustiness was not there. The death bowling needs to improve. Zaheer was good and Irfan did very well. If he bats well and bowls well, it gives us the stability. Without Yuvraj or Jadeja, it is hard to find the stability in both batting and bowling in the team. All the bowlers have their own variations and we have to back ourselves to execute our strengths. Gambhir was unfortunate to get out that way but Sehwag and Kohli batted well. We were lacking some firepower down the order. It is important for the batsmen to carry on once settled in. I was practising the toss for one and a half months. This toss was crucial and the wicket was difficult to bat on in the second innings. Sangakkara batted well but he ran out of partners.

Mahela Jayawardene: It was a tense match. We had some big hitters towards the end but we left it a bit too much. It was hard coming back against a quality side like India. It was important to try and set up a platform. Sangakkara was setting up a platform and looked to battle through. We did not have momentum coming into the last 10 overs. There were a lot of positives but there were a lot of casualties. Kulasekara and Malinga are the two key guys in the powerplay. We made some mistakes while fielding and we will learn from this defeat. We have been playing some good cricket and we need to brush up on certain areas.

Kohli: I have been working hard. I hope to be consistent for the team this season. Performing for the country is of utmost importance and I look to give my best for the country. Doing well in Australia boosted my confidence. I was more sure of my game and that Test hundred gave me a lot of confidence.

Virat Kohli is the MoM for his knock of 106 off 113 balls.

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