Vijay Shankar, India's all-rounder, who helped India secure an eight-run victory over Australia in the second ODI of the five-match series in Nagpur said he was waiting to produce a match-winning performance all his life.
"I was literally waiting for the opportunity. After the 43rd over I was telling myself I am going to bowl the last over, and I am going to defend it," Shankar said after the match.
Shankar had only bowled one over in the match before captain Virat Kohli decided to bring him on in the final bowler in which he was tasked with protecting 11 runs. The bowler did not disappoint his captain as he dismissed the danger man Marcus Stoinis off the very first all of the over.
"I was ready for the challenge because I knew I had to bowl that one over, I was just telling [myself] after the 43rd-44th over, I am going to bowl anytime - maybe the last over and I should be ready to defend a total of 10 or 15 runs. I was mentally prepared for that.”
Shankar also played an important knock of 46 runs earlier and he stitched together a partnership of 81 runs with Virat Kohli enabling the team to post 250 runs on the board.
India would now hope to take an unassailable lead in the series by winning the third ODI on Friday in Ranchi.