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Kohli hails team for comeback effort, booking final berth

July 10, 2013 10:36 IST

Kohli hails team for comeback effort, booking final berth

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Stand-in captain Virat Kohli termed the Indian team's comeback after back-to-back defeats as a "commendable".

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"To bounce back like this and finish top of the table is a commendable effort. I am very proud of the team," a beaming Kohli said.

"We have shown a lot of character. When three good teams are playing in the tournament, anything can happen. We were never bothered about the rain delays. Our performance showed what happens when one executes their plans properly," he added.

The young captain said that when he was involved in a 49-run partnership with Rohit Sharma, he didn't want to take any undue risks.

"When I and Rohit were playing, we just wanted to play ourselves in. It paid in the end, because we had wickets in hand, and it worked in the D/L calculations. Then the bowlers responded beautifully. Full credit to them."


Image: Virat Kohli


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'I am proud to have performed well for my country'

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Man-of-the-match Bhuvneshwar Kumar termed the pitch at Port of Spain as the "most helpful so far".

"It's important to hunt in pairs and pitch the ball in right areas. It worked well for me and I am proud that I have performed well for my country," the UP seamer said.

Rohit on his part said that he is happy to take up the challenge but it's a long way to go.

"I took it up as a challenge. I know that I have a long way to go. I am really not bothered about whether I am getting a big score as long as I am contributing and working on my mistakes," Rohit said.


Image: Bhuvaneshwar Kumar
Photographs: BCCI

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'Hopefully we can beat India in the final'

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Rival captain Angelo Mathews conceded that it was a tough wicket to bat on.

"We bowled well, but when we batted the pitch had been under covers and had sweated more. We had nothing to lose and went for it," he said.

Mathews said that it was very challenging to play three days in a row.

"It's mentally and physically draining to play three days in a row. We have played some good cricket to get to the final, hopefully we can beat India."


Image: Angelo Mathews
Photographs: BCCI

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