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Rohit Sharma concedes Bangladesh played better

The Indian team, which reached Rajkot on Monday, will have to bring its ‘A’ game in the second T20I.

The Indian team, which reached Rajkot on Monday, will have to bring its ‘A’ game in the second T20I.   | Photo Credit: PTI

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‘When you’re defending such a small target, you need to keep taking wickets’

“They were better than us today and we accept that we didn’t play well.”

Long before Rohit Sharma signed off the post-match press conference with this candid admission following India’s nine-wicket drubbing at the hands of Bangladesh on Sunday, the stand-in skipper sounded confused when it came to describing the target of 149.

‘Winning score’

He started by looking at it as a “winning score”. Soon, he changed it to “a good, fighting total”. Before long, it was “a small target”. Eventually, he called it “only 140-plus”. In short, the target was seen differently by Rohit in response to different questions.

Consider these: “We decided, if we bat first, we have to look to get somewhere around 140-150. We had seen that before as well, when we’ve played pitches like that, a winning score becomes somewhere around 140-150.

Minutes later, Rohit came up with this: “We didn’t get enough runs on the board. Whatever we got was a good, fighting total, where we can fight, and get the game towards us but when you’re defending such a small target, you need to keep taking wickets.

Further, while defending the fast bowlers’ performances, Rohit said, “I feel, they (Khaleel Ahmad and Deepak Chahar) still need to understand, when they are defending smaller targets, they need to bowl according to the plan. They will learn from playing games like this where you’re defending only 140-plus.”

To his credit, the stand-in captain was forthcoming in admitting, “we lacked in terms of decision making.”

On the unsuccessful review, Rohit said, “you’ve got to trust your bowler or your ’keeper — what they say. Based on that we always try and make that decision. Of course, Rishabh Pant is still very young. He will need time to understand those kind of things.

“It’s too soon to judge whether he can make those decisions or not. It’s a combination of a ’keeper and a bowler that influence those decisions when the captain is not in the right position to make one.”

Guarded

Finally, looking at this young Bangladesh combination, Rohit sounded guarded.

“A lot of new guys are here, and there’s no way that we can take this team lightly. In cricket, we all are students of the game, and we understand every game is a new game. We want to win and we can do that only by executing our skills. That’s what we failed to do today.”

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