Mumbai, Nov 14: Winning a Man of the Match award by a member of the losing side is "not very common" and it did surprise the 31-year-old Zimbabwean Malcolm Waller who was awarded the award in a Twenty20 match against Bangladesh at Mirpur's Shere Bangladesh Stadium on Friday.
Speaking exclusively over his mobile, Waller says, "I was very happy to win it (but) it felt strange to get it when losing. I was extremely happy with my batting and was great to receive it. It is good because it gives you self-confidence to do it again and hopefully next time it will help the team".
The second T20 between the two countries will be played on Sunday at the same venue.
"Winning the Man of Match in the losing team is very uncommon, especially in T20 cricket when there are normally a number of great performances".
"There is always someone else in the winning team that has to bat really well or bowl well to get the team over the line. So getting the Man of Match in losing side is definitely different", Waller added.
"The emotions are up and down when losing and winning the Man of Match. You do have a sense of satisfaction and self pride for doing well but at the same time you feel very bad for losing and your feelings are. You start to feel that you should have scored more runs, helped the team more. Cricket is a team game and losing does hurt, but at the same time you do get individual performances and it is only normal to feel self happiness if you do well", he further added.
"I must say that I was not thinking too much about getting the award. At the end of the game I did have a feeling I had a good chance of winning it as not many of the Bangladesh players got runs. They all got starts but could not carry on from there".
"I would not have been unhappy if I didn't get it we were not on winning", Waller signed off.