Comebackman Rohit Sharma, who was the architect of India's nail-biting one-wicket win in the first ODI in Cuttack, today said leaving the task unfinished for the tailenders was a mistake he would never repeat again.
Sharma saved the day for India in the first ODI with a match-winning 99-ball 72 after the home team witnessed a dramatic batting collapse while chasing a modest 212 for victory.
But the right-hander from Mumbai was disappointed to have failed to finish off the match as he departed with India precariously-placed at 201 for nine, leaving the task to the last-wicket pair of Umesh Yadav and Varun Aaron.
"I was little disappointed for not finishing the game. Winning the game is more important than scoring in a losing cause. I never want to do stuff like this again," Sharma said on the eve of the second ODI against the West Indies here tomorrow.
"Leaving 10 runs for the bowlers to finish the game is always difficult. I will make sure it does not happen again," he insisted.
Sharma, however, was satisfied that his half-century came in a winning cause for India.
"It was a close game no doubt. But it does not matter as we have won the game that is more important," he said.
He said his gameplan in the last match was to build partnerships after India were reduced to 59 for five at one stage.
"It was not an easy situation to be in. They (West Indies) were bowling well. We wanted a partnership and when (Ravindra) Jadeja came in we just spoke about building small partnerships", he said.
Photos: Tamannaah Bhatia sizzles in metallic gown
Photos: Arjun Kapoor and Raj Thackeray at event in Mumbai
In pictures: Here are the fastest ODI centuries in cricket history
'Shaadi No. 1': 10 famous Bollywood weddings in pictures
Photos: Shah Rukh Khan, Shweta Bachchan at Karan Johar's book launch