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Hope Dhoni was watching my performance: Rohit

cricket Updated: May 07, 2009 20:27 IST

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Deccan Chargers' Rohit Sharma hopes the hat-trick against Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League was watched by Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni as he attempts to cement his place in the one-day squad.

Despite the bundle of talent, Rohit has been in and out of the one-day squad but feels Wednesday's performance would serve as a message to the India think tank.

"I hope he (Dhoni) watched the game... Maybe... Yes... He may have," Rohit said.

His hat-trick was spread over two overs with scalps of Abhishek Nayar, Harbhajan Singh and JP Duminy and Rohit said he was taking his off-spin seriously.

"I am a good bowler and have been working hard at my bowling. I didn't get enough opportunities at international level. I have been bowling well in whatever opportunities I have been getting. I am happy that I came out with a hat-trick," Rohit told IPL's official website.

The 22-year-old Mumbai Ranji player was quite surprised that he got the hat-trick, the second of the ongoing IPL after Yuvraj Singh's feat, and considered himself lucky.

"I never thought so, to be honest. I was lucky to get a hat-trick. I never thought I would get wickets, so let alone get a hat-trick. So quite surprising actually," said Rohit.