January 28, 2000

A matured performance - Roger Binny

Roger Binny, the Indian coach while speaking to CRICINFO after the game said he was delighted with his side's performance. He said the highlight of the side was that they showed a lot of maturity under pressure and their allround ability was the key to success in this tournament.

"It's been fantastic. I'm so happy for the guys, they have proved to be so mature under a lot of pressure. In the Australian game and this one they were under a lot of pressure", he went on to state.

When asked to compare this side's performance with India's World Cup winning side of 1983, he said both the teams are very similar with the strength of the batting, the all-round strength of the side and the fighting qualities. Both the teams had the same fighting qualities.

Later on he praised the performance of Sodhi, who has continued to play despite an injury to his hand. "What Sodhi showed us was a lot of maturity, which you normally see in the senior side. He played two crucial knocks for India in both the Sri lankan games. His line and length bowling is perfect for one-day cricket. He looks like a very good one-day prospect and should do well" Binny said.

He did admit that conditions were helpful to the Asian sides. "The wickets were slow and low, and the ball spun a bit. Those are the three conditions that helped the teams from the sub-continent" said the former Indian allrounder.

Finally when asked as to the effect of the victory back home, he said, "it's good for Indian cricket that this side has won. I'm sure that it is going to lift the game up at home, especially amongst the younger players. They have shown the younger players that with a lot of hard work, things can be done".