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We should have finished the game in 48th over: Gambhir

india Updated: Feb 12, 2012 20:02 IST
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Man-of-match Gautam Gambhir feels that his team should have won the match earlier than scraping through in the final over.

"We should have finished the game in the 48th over. We shouldn't have taken this game to 50th over. This is my personal observation," said Gambhir, after his knock of 92 that set up India's four-wicket win against Australia.

Having said that, Gambhir did admit that it's "easier said than done." Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni's six in the last over sealed the deal.

"It's easier said than done. There is far more pressure on the players who are in the middle. It's their turn to take the decision. I don't know why he (Dhoni) delayed it. Perhaps, he wanted somebody else to take the responsibility. Still the most important shot in the match was played by him," Gambhir stated.

"If I was there, I wouldn’t have looked to take it till the last over. I would have looked to finish one or two overs before. There is far more pressure even if you need 5-6 runs from the final over. But then we are different human beings, and we think differently."

There has been a lot of discussions on the decision by the team management to follow rotation policy and accordingly rest Sachin Tendulkar but the southpaw backed the decision.

"The amount of cricket we play, it's important to rotate. When we don't rotate, everyone has a problem. When we rotate, then it's an issue too. Be it Rohit or Raina, they get an extra opportunity. To be honest, this was the best XI too.

"More importantly, this is the XI that had the belief that they could beat any opposition in the park. One or two can't make the difference. It's the XI with belief. You don't want names. You want people who can deliver."