Booing by Indian fans fired us up: Collingwood

Booing by Indian fans fired us up: Collingwood

England captain Paul Collingwod, left, joins the celebration after their victory over India. AP

"A lot of English supporters were there (to watch the game) but we got booed at the home of cricket by the Indian fans. It felt bit strange to be dealt so on our own home ground at the home of cricket. So that gave us a bit of motivation," Collingwood said after his side's three-run win.
"We were also booed during nets while coming off nursery and it hurt a few people (in the team). Our performance showed how much we wanted to do it," he added.
"It pretty much did it for us," Collingwood said at his press conference Sunday after England sent champions India crashing out of the ICC Twenty20 tournament.
"When we were practicing at the nursery ground today, we were booed by the Indian fans. It was pretty strange to be booed on our home ground. So we used those boos as motivation to put on a party piece," Collingwood said.
For the next game - against the West Indies at the Oval in London Monday - Collingwood said he hoped for a "proper English-backing crowd".
Collingwood could not hide the glee that their plan to pepper Indian batsmen with short-pitched stuff actually paid off.
"We were conscious (of Indians' vulnerability to short-pitched ball). We know our plans against India at best of times. To bowl short balls in Indian conditions is very hard to do. We had an opportunity to do it here and we gave it our best and tried to get it up there.

The England skipper heaped praise on his bowlers, who were led by pace bowler player of the match Ryan Sidebottom (two wickets for 31) and spinner Graeme Swann (two for 28).
"It was a magnificent effort though ideally we would have got 10-15 runs more," Collingwood said.
"But we took wickets at the right time. One of the ways to go against India is to be aggressive. To defend a total like that (153) against a team like India... the boys can be really proud of themselves.
"We've got three excellent seamers - three big guys who bowl at over 90 miles an hour. It's a great weapon for us," Collingwood said about Sidebottom, Stuart Broad and James Anderson.
"What it takes is belief from the boys themselves."
Collingwood said he knew England had the match in its bag in the last three overs of the Indian innings, when the asking rate climbed to over 12 an over.
"I had three big men to bowl - I was pretty confident from that point," he said.
Collingwood said he was sure of a victory at the end of 17th over as India required 39 from the final three overs.
"I had an over each from Anderson, Broad and Sidebottom left. I was confident because they are steady under that kind of pressure," said the England skipper.
He admitted the stumping of Yuvraj Singh by wicketkeeper James Foster played a big part in the game turning towards his side's favour.
"The excellent catches in the deep, the brilliant stumping by James Foster off Yuvraj played a vital role," he said.

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