‘It’s all about handling the pressure in knockout games’: What the players had to say after India’s defeat against England in T20 World Cup semis | Cricket News

NEW DELHI: Alex Hales and captain Jos Buttler stitched an unbroken opening partnership as a ruthless England crushed India by 10 wickets to storm into the T20 World Cup final at the Adelaide Oval on Thursday .
England, who won the 50-over World Cup in 2019, can now become the first team to hold both global trophies in white-ball cricket when they meet Pakistan in the final at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday.
Here is what players had to say after the first semi-final:
Rohit Sharma (Indian Captain): Pretty disappointed how it turned out today. We batted well at the backend to get that score. We were not upto the mark with the ball, we couldn’t turn up today. It’s all about handling the pressure in knockout games. All these guys have played enough to understand that. These guys have played under pressure in IPL games, it’s all about keeping calm. We were nervy to start with, but you got to give credit to their openers, they played really well. I thought it swung a bit in the first over, but not from the right areas.
Jos Buttler (England Skipper): I think the character we have shown since England’s loss against Ireland – it has been amazing. We came here very excited, there was a very good feeling. Everyone from 1 to 11 – stood up today. We always want to start fast and aggressively. Rashid was batting at 11, that’s incredible to know that we have such depth. Hales used the dimensions well and he has shown his form. He was brilliant today. It’s important to enjoy this, it was a brilliant performance from us. I think we need to give special credit to Jordan, to bowl 3 overs at the death coming into the semi-final, it was a tough job. He handled the pressure towards the end pretty well, especially bowling against a world class player like Hardik Pandya.
Alex Hales (Player of the Match): It will be right up there for sure (referring to his knock). Huge occasion, India in a semifinal of a World Cup, really happy with the way I played and it is as special as it gets. This is one of the best grounds to bat in especially in the powerplay, a really good surface and great value for good cricket shots, this is a ground I have good memories of and enjoy batting here. I never thought I would play in a World Cup again, so to get the chance is a very special feeling. In a country (Australia) that I love and spend a lot of time in, tonight is one of the best night’s of my career. Jos was unbelievable.

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