Team Spirit And Hunger For Victory Spelt Success For Team India In Twenty20 World Cup, Says Team Manager Lalchand Rajput
India’s Twenty20 manager Lalchand Rajput, who played an important role in keeping players focussed throughout their World Cup campaign credited “team spirit” as the reason for India’s success in South Africa.
“I think team spirit! The team was hungry for success; I think that was very important,” the former Mumbai player was quoted as saying to rediff.com.
“It was really a very good team effort. I was very excited to take over the senior team. Every coach always looks at that goal — that one day that he wants to take over the senior team. So that was a very good opportunity for me and it could not have been better than at the Twenty20 World Cup. At the end, it was an amazing victory. The team performed extremely well as a unit and that is why we were very successful,” Rajput added while reminiscing India’s Twenty2o triumph.
Rajput said after the bowl-out win over Pakistan, India never looked back and grew from strength to strength.
“I think we did extremely well in the bowl-out, because we picked the slower bowlers rather than the fast bowlers. We felt that the slower bowlers had more chances of hitting the stumps,” the manager noted.
Rajput said picking youngsters for the job yielded rich dividends. “Absolutely! When I picked Rohit Sharma, I had a chat with him and I told him ‘this is an opportunity for you.”
“I think the boys were very hungry to go out there and perform. Since Harbhajan had done very well in English county cricket, he carried that momentum into the Twenty20 World Cup too and bowled extremely well throughout the tournament; same for Irfan Pathan,” the India manager added.
The World Cup win is another feather in Rajput’s career as he has before successfully coached the India Under-19 and India ‘A’ teams. However,the Twenty20 World Cup title in his biggest achievement as team manager.