After Team India’s loss to Bangladesh in the first ODI, captain Rohit Sharma said that their batting department failed in challenging conditions. However, he has assured the team to do well in the second game. Notably, India’s batting unit couldn’t contribute much against Bangladesh’s bowlers on a turning track in Mirpur, collapsing to 186 in 41.2 overs as well. Only KL Rahul was the only batter to score a fifty, while Shakib-al-Hasan claimed a fifer.
However, after the game, Rohit Sharma didn’t give any excuses and felt that they should have played better, having played in such conditions many times so far as well. The captain also added that the tourists should handle pressure in a better way.
“You have to understand how to play. There are no excuses; we are used to such types of conditions. 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,” Rohit Sharma added.
He continued: “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.”
“Another 30-40 runs would have made a difference” – Rohit Sharma
Meanwhile, the team kept the pressure on with the ball, claiming a wicket off the first delivery of the innings. India were also the favourites as the hosts were 9 down at one point but Mehidy Hasan kept his nerves to seal the deal, putting on over 50 runs with last man Mustafizur Rehman as well.
Rohit Sharma, who also got out very cheaply, said that the score wasn’t competitive enough and that the team should have scored more with KL Rahul and Washington Sundar in the middle.
“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. 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,” Rohit Sharma concluded.
However, the second ODI will be played in Mirpur on December 7 as well.