Indian camp high on confidence

The Indian camp hopes to continue the good work in the ICC World Cup T20 after it comprehensively won the recently-concluded Asia Cup in Bangladesh in fine style.

Prior to the Asia Cup triumph, the team won against Asutralia and Sri Lanka.   -  AP

The Indian camp hopes to continue the good work in the ICC World Cup T20 after it comprehensively won the recently-concluded Asia Cup in Bangladesh in fine style.

“We could not have expected any thing more. We stand in a very good position before the start of the T20 World Cup. Staying unbeaten throughout the tournament was a pleasure and the way we performed as a team was brilliant to see. We just want to continue where we left in the Asia Cup,” Rohit Sharma said about the preparation. > Also read: India in sixth gear, says Dhoni

“People in India get upset by little failures but we have played some good cricket in the recent months and that shows both the talent and the effort put by the side. People should be ready to face some disappointments too as the team cannot keep on winning. Every team here has to come to play their best cricket. What we can do is give our best,” Sharma said.

India’s Kallis?

“I want to be the Jacques Kallis of Indian cricket. What Jacques has done of South Africa I want to do the same thing for India. Irfan Pathan back home was my first inspiration but I want to be the Kallis of international cricket,” said Hardik Pandya, who is the most effective all-rounder in the current Indian team.

“I cannot judge whether I am the x-factor of the team but I can say that improvisation comes naturally when batting. It is all about instincts and I just go in the middle and try to get the most runs of every ball,” Pandya said.

“A lot depends on what kind of combination we are playing as a team. I am back in the team but am not playing many matches. I am back because I played well in the IPL and also had in some games in the previous World Cups. I cannot get frustrated as the team may require me anytime, maybe in the semifinals or the final. I have to wait for my chance to come,” said Harbhajan Singh, a key member of the previous Indian team who is now spending most of his time on the bench.

“I will focus on things which I can control, which is trying to give my best performance. It is a team game and I cannot think as an individual. I will wait for the opportunity and stay positive about giving my best,” said Ajinkya Rahane, who like Harbhajan, played only one match in the Asia Cup. “Patience has been the positive side of me. When not in the side I try to improve the weak areas while working on the strong area, which is timing the shots,” Rahane added.