Mandeep, India's future prospect: David Hussey

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Published: Wednesday, May 9, 2012, 11:33 [IST]
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Hussey lauds young opener Mandeep Singh

Hyderabad, May 9: Kings XI Punjab skipper David Hussey lauded young opener Mandeep Singh and described him as a future prospect of Indian cricket.

Hussey leading the side in Adam Gilchrist's absence, feels the young and talented opener has the potential to represent the country in all formats of the game soon as he has been consistently performing in the domestic circuit.

During the match against bottom placed Deccan Chargers, Mandeep Singh's 45-ball 75 set the tone for posting a challenging total of 170/5 but David Hussey turned the match as he picked two crucial wickets which helped Punjab to restrict Sangakkara's XI to 145/8.

"I thought our batters set the tone, Mandeep is going from strength to strength, I think he's a future players in all three forms for India," said Hussey after Punjab notched up a comfortable 25-run win over Deccan here.

"We have two better spinners than me in the team, so more than happy with that. We haven't played too well at home, but we hope to win the reverse fixture," he said.

While Kumar Sangakkara, quite disappointed with Chargers' losing streak, said the team did not bowl well in the first four overs.

"I thought the difference today was the bowling in the first four overs. It was a two-paced wicket and we bowled too short on a wicket that still had something in it for the bowlers. Kings XI showed us how to bowl and where to bowl," Sangakkara said.

Sangakkara also praised the youngster and said Mandeep capitalised on the mistakes made by Deccan Chargers.

"Mandeep batted well and capitalised on the mistakes we made. It is a case of getting our basic right. In T20, you need to limit the opposition score to probably 150. We did pull things a bit but the first 12 overs cost the match," he added.


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