Cricket World Cup: Strauss proud of display after India tie
England captain Andrew Strauss "proud" of his career-best 158 in thrilling tie with India in Group B
Captain Andrew Strauss was proud of his innings after his career-best 158 helped England earn a tie in Sunday’s thrilling World Cup Group B match with India.
Strauss needed to be at his best to help England earn a point against the tournament favourites after Sachin Tendulkar (120) became the first batsman to hit five World Cup centuries.
England responded to India’s total of 338 all out with 338/8 in Bangalore to secure a result which leaves both sides with three points after two games in Group B.
“It was an innings I’m very proud of,” said Strauss. “It would have been great to have been not out at the end and seen the boys home. But it was my best one-day knock.”
“It was always going to be a tough task to chase down that sort of total,” said Strauss. “We got ourselves in a position at 41 or 42 overs where we just needed to have a good powerplay, and we were there.
“But these powerplays can affect you both ways – and unfortunately, it affected us in the negative way. Then in the end, we did pretty well to scramble a tie out of it.”
And Strauss admitted to having mixed feelings about the final result. He added: “We’ve got to celebrate the fact it was an unbelievable game of cricket – probably the best advert for the 50-over format you could possibly get.
“There were some great performances on both sides. Both sides will be partly happy, partly sad.”
Meanwhile, India’s Zaheer Khan (three for 64) paid tribute to Strauss’s impressive performance. “It was a tight game – that explains everything,” said Zhan. “Strauss batted damn well to put pressure on us.
“I felt that we would win the game, but it was a close contest between bat and ball.”