Chand gave me confidence: Patel
Townsville, Aug 26: Smit Patel was involved in an unbroken match-winning partnership with Unmukt Chand that helped India win the 2012 ICC Under-19 World Cup. The wicketkeeper-batsman has been a consistent performer for the team, chipping in with valuable runs and building useful partnerships. Coming in to bat when India were four down for 97, Patel scored a crucial 62 not out off 84 balls to see his side home.
In a brief chat with the media soon after hitting the winning runs, Patel spoke about his innings and his partnership with his captain, Unmukt Chand.
On what he was discussing with the skipper
When I got in to bat my captain appreciated me straightaway after the second the ball I knocked. I had missed the first ball. I was a little tentative in the beginning [but] he just appreciated me and gave me confidence and I got going.
On what they discussed in the middle during their 130-run stand
We talked about sticking to the basics as our coach has told us. He has told us that whenever you are under pressure, in a pressure situation or when you get nervous, then you just stick to the basics and you will be able to get going.
On Chand’s batting
He is a fluent batsman. He has a go at the bowler whenever he wants to. It was awesome batting with him. We have done it before in the quadrangular series here [earlier in the year]. We had an over 100-run partnership against England. So we had the confidence that if we batted together till the end, we will do it.