Munro: ‘I’ve always felt good in this format’

India’s nemesis at Rajkot, Colin Munro, spoke about his match-winning knock after his team’s series-levelling win on Saturday.

Colin Munro would not pick between the two centuries he has scored in Twenty20s.   -  PTI

Left handers have always proved to be a thorn in the flesh for the Indian team across all formats of the game. On Saturday, it was the turn of Colin Munro to illustrated this by hammering a splendid unbeaten century (109 n.o.) against a good Indian attack in the second Twenty20 International in Rajkot.

The knock was a flashback to the past. Trinidadian Evin Lewis had taken the Indians apart to score centuries against India in Florida and Kingston in July; other left handers like Englishman Eoin Morgan, Sri Lankan Kumar Sangakkara and David Warner, West Indian Chris Gayle and South African Jean-Paul Duminy have been highly successful against India.

On Saturday, Munro became the second batsmen to notch two centuries in Twenty20s after Brendon McCullum, Gayle and Lewis. It was also the 28th century registered in 617 Twenty20 matches - those that have produced results.

‘Go with the flow’

Munro, 30, said he enjoys the Twenty20 format: “It's a game where you know it's a short game, you go out there to express yourself and when it comes off, it comes off. Sometimes you put too much pressure on yourself in the longer form where you've got to score runs all the time. In Twenty20, you just got to go out there and take the good with the bad. Sometimes it comes off like it did tonight and the other night it didn't come off. You just got to go with the flow.”

His game is compatible with the short format, he said.

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“I think I've always felt good in this format. It’s just a matter of it hasn’t quite clicked. It's one of those where when you're going well, you're going really well. And when you're not, you're not. For me, it's a mindset thing. I've tried not to expect too much off myself playing at this level or at Twenty20. It's just trying to ride that wave and not trying to get caught in; when I score runs, not get too high and you don't, not get too low. It's just about trying to keep as even as you can and I think I have done that over the last two years.”

No clear favourite

Munro would not pick between the two centuries he has scored. “They're all a bit different I think. I hadn't scored a hundred before when I had got that fifty. It was all a whirl and I couldn't really remember it too much. Obviously, the first hundred you score for your country (against Bangladesh); it always means a lot. Again to come to India, play against a tough opposition, score a hundred and bat throughout the innings, means a heck of a lot, so...it is tough to put one on top of the other; all special, that's for sure.”

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The SCA wicket was a belter, and hence Munro advised his colleagues to bowl back of a length and straight. “The wicket was very good. I thought, when the bowlers bowled back of a length, changed their pace a little bit with a straighter line, I did find it quite tough to score. We bowled outstandingly well I thought; I told the bowlers to bowl back of a length, nice and straight into the wicket. I think everybody did that and made it hard to score.”

When asked if any early shots gave him the confidence to go after the bowling, Munro felt having opener Martin Guptill at the other end was great. “I think Guppy (Guptill) had a lot of the strike early and he got off to a good start. He said the wicket was good so just play your natural game. And that helped me, Guppy facing the first couple of balls. I think that's a tough role because the wicket could be sticky, skiddy, but he enjoys taking the first ball. It seems to be down to a tee, but the communication we have at the top of the order and throughout our batting is key in order to make those big targets. I think for us; Guppy and I get along really well and it just naturally happens and communication is key.”