After playing his match-winning knock for India in the sixth cricket one-dayer, Robin Uthappa said the innovative shots that he had been practising for the Twenty-20 World Cup came in handy during thrilling chase.
"I have been practising different shots for the Twenty-20 World Cup, and they came out perfectly," said Uthappa after India's two-wicket win with two balls to spare at the Oval here today.
India needed 83 off the last 10 overs when Uthappa, a regular opener joined Mahendra Singh Dhoni at the crease.
Uthappa went on to put on 60 runs from just 46 balls with Dhoni and, despite three wickets falling in the last two overs, kept his cool to hit two successive boundaries in the final over to guide India home.
Most of the 21-year-old Bangalorean's runs were score behind the stumps, through scoops over fine leg and other unorthodox shots.
"The fine leg was up, so I knew they were going to bowl mainly yorkers. So I decided that I was either going to hit straight down the ground or take it on the full and hit it over fine leg," Uthappa said.
Captain Rahul Dravid said Uthappa's innings augured well for the future of Indian cricket.