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Boys bowling to Dhoni gave us great practice: Jason Roy

By Nilabh Aole -


England's ferocious opener Jason Roy reckons that he has been learning to bat in pressure situations with the full house audience in the ground, especially when they are in support of the opposition. He also feels that the World T20 last year in India and Big Bash League in Australia also helped him a lot to soak in the pressure.

Talking to media persons, Roy said, “With regards to crowd and pressure situation in the sub-continent, with two spinners bowling in the middle overs and pressure seems to be getting on top, you need to calm yourselves down. Tournaments like the World T20 held here and the Big Bash (League in Australia) help in that."

During the first practice game against India 'A,' Roy and his fellow opener Alex Hales had a brilliant partnership of 95 runs for the first wicket which helped the visitors to chase down the target pretty easily in the end. the English team won the match by three wickets at the Brabourne Stadium which was packed because of the fact that India’s most successful captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni was captaining for the last time in India jersey.

Roy scored 62 in that match. Talking about his innings, Roy said, “The atmosphere was outstanding, it got the boys going. I think the boys enjoyed, with the crowd like it was. Boys bowling to Dhoni gave us great practice. It was awesome."

He further elaborated, “It’s an incredible position for him to be, as India’s most successful captain and a hero for India and the world. But we worried about ourselves and did not pay too much attention to what was going on around."

The 26-year old opener was pretty satisfied with his performance as he said, “Happy with start (his own), but a lot of work still to be done. The sixties, 70s, and 80s don’t win you games, but 100s do. It’s good fun with him back. We enjoy batting together. We get on really well on and off the field. We know each other’s game well. We push each other; it’s a very good relationship.”

Nilabh Aole

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