We did very well to come back into the game: Rohit Sharma
India was off to a bumpy start in the ODI series against Bangladesh as the hosts turned the game around in remarkable fashion and left the visitors reeling. KL Rahul spearheaded the Indian batting with a well-fought 73 while the Indian bowlers pulled off a pretty phenomenal job of restricting Bangladesh. However, things spiralled out of control at the toe end of the chase when Mehidy Hasan came alive after a dropped catch and took the game away from the Indians.
Before India returns to the yard on Wednesday, Dravid and company will have a lot of questions on their plate that will need some intense decluttering if the Men in Blue will have to bring out their heavy guns against the resilient hosts. The Indian captain, Rohit Sharma was pretty impressed with the way India bowled but he felt that the batters will have to up their tempo if the Indians are to return to their scintillating best in the ongoing series.
Talking at the post-match presentation, Rohit said, “It was a very close game. We did very well to come back into the game. We did not bat well. We bowled pretty well and kept them under pressure till the end. They held their nerves in the backend. If you look back at how we bowled, of course the last few overs, we would have liked to get a wicket. We kept taking wickets all through.”
He shed further light on the shortcomings of the Indian batting unit, adding, “It wasn't enough runs. Another 30-40 runs would have made a difference. With KL and Washy, we could have got there. Unfortunately, we lost wickets in the middle, and it is not easy to come back. The pitch was a bit challenging, the odd ball was turning. You have to understand how to play. There are no excuses, we are used to such types of conditions.”
Rohit concluded by talking about what should be India’s possible approach in the remaining two fixtures, stating, “We need to look at how to bat against their spinners in these conditions. The genes are there, these guys grew up playing in such conditions. It is all about handling pressure. Once you do, it gives you confidence. It is important to learn how to handle those pressure situations. Hopefully, we change things around in the next game.”