We don`t want easy matches, says coach Kirsten

Last Updated: Mar 07, 2011, 17:25 PM IST

Bangalore: India might have been made to toil hard by Ireland but coach Gary Kirsten is happy that his side has not got any "easy matches" so far in the World Cup as this has helped Mahendra Singh Dhoni`s men get a hang of different situations.

India made heavy weather of what seemed to be a comfortable chase of 208 against the associate nation on Sunday.

India endured stiff tests even in their previous matches -- against Bangladesh and England -- winning the former and managing to tie the latter.

"It was important that we chased and got used to batting second and getting to understand what to do in different situations," said Kirsten.

"Two points is everything and we will face different challenges in different games, we don`t want to have easy games all the way through," he added.

India are now up against another minnow, the Netherlands, on Wednesday and Kirsten said all-rounder Yuvraj Singh, who picked up five wickets and scored and unbeaten 50 on Sunday, has struck form just at the right time.

"Yuvraj did well all round," he said.

"He has been working hard on his cricket and wants to contribute with bat and ball. I am pleased with the way he went about his batting," he added.

PTI