Interim skipper Rohit Sharma lauded India’s comeback with the ball in hand in Nagpur which helped them clinch the series in the final game against Bangladesh.
“It was the bowlers who won us the game,” Rohit said at the post-match presentation. “I know how tough it was given the dew. But this must be one of the best comebacks in this format for India. It was easy for them at one stage, with 70 needed in eight overs. But the boys showed characters, took up the responsibility., Good to see young players putting their hands up.”
“I can understand when wickets are not falling, it’s hard to pick ourselves up,” Rohit observed. “I just had to remind what team they’re playing for, credit to the bowlers. Also to the batsmen – the way Rahul and Iyer played, that was magnificent. That is what we want from the team – individuals taking responsibility.”
Deepak Chahar initiated the collapse of Bangladeshi batting which was followed by ShivamDube with a double strike. Chahar then took over to keep striking at regular intervals. He eventually finished with the best-ever figures (6 for 7) in the history of T20Is that also saw him pick up a hat-trick.
With the likes of Dube, Chahar, and Shreyas Iyer making an impact in the absence of regulars like Hardik Pandya, Virat Kohli, JaspritBumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar, the selectors will certainly have a hard time picking the 15-man squad for the T20 World Cup next year in Australia, feels Rohit. “Until we get close to the World Cup, we got to find the right balance,” he said. “A few guys are missing, but they’ll come back. Keeping everything in mind, we have few games in mind before we get into that flight to Australia. If we keep performing like we did today, it’s going to be a big headache for Virat and the selectors.”
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