“The way our players came and bowled forward with the new ball, getting those wickets… when you have a goal [India scored 397] So, you have to take wickets in advance. And we did exactly that,” Rohit said on Star Sports after the match. “Today, being the semi-finals, I wouldn’t say there was no pressure. Whenever you play, there is always pressure and obviously the semi-final adds a bit more. But I think the guys were doing the job.
“To be honest, we wanted to take that semifinal out of the equation, not think about it too much. We just wanted to keep doing what we’ve been doing the first nine games we played, and things came.” “We also did very well in the second half.”
“I’ve played a lot of cricket here. [at the Wankhede]. So I know that any result in this area… you can’t relax, you have to get the job done as quickly as possible and stay at it. We knew there would be pressure on us and that at some point there would be a partnership. “We just have to stay composed and I think that’s what we did.”
“When the scoring rate is above nine all the time, you have to keep taking advantage of the opportunities,” Rohit said. “Sometimes it goes well and sometimes it doesn’t. They gave us opportunities but we didn’t take them. But the credit also goes to them in the middle, Mitchell and Williamson batted brilliantly.
“Once again, it was important for us to stay calm. At one point, the crowd went absolutely silent, that’s the nature of the game. But we knew we had to pull something out of our sleeve and we needed a magic, whether it was a a good catch or an exit or maybe a magical delivery. But we tried everything we couldn’t [break through]but again, Shami was brilliant.
“I’ve played a lot of cricket here. [at the Wankhede]. So I know that any result in this area… you can’t relax, you have to get the job done as quickly as possible and stay at it. We knew there would be pressure on us and that at some point there would be a partnership. We just have to stay composed and I think that’s what we did. We were calm even though we were a little careless on the field. But that can happen. We have nine perfect games on the field. So these things will surely happen. But I’m glad we were able to get the job done in the end.”
Wankhede are known for being batting friendly and did not play any differently on the day.
“The batsmen in the top five and six, whenever they got an opportunity, they took advantage of it,” Rohit said. “I’m very, very happy to see what Iyer has done for us in this tournament. Gill, the way he batted up front was brilliant. Unfortunately, he started cramping so we had to bring him back.
“Kohli was brilliant as always, played his trademark innings and also reached that historic milestone. All in all, the batting was excellent, and that is the kind of squad we want to bat with and move forward.”