Batting Looks Good, Pace Combination Will Depend on Track: Rohit
India captain Rohit Sharma hinted at rejigging the pace combination for the second T20 International against Bangladesh on Thursday while defending the batting line-up, in which senior opener Shikhar Dhawan has been struggling for some time.
India had a par-score of 148 on a sluggish Kotla track and it was pacer Khaleel Ahmed, who was hit for four boundaries by Mushfiqur Rahim in the 19th over that changed the complexion of the game.
While he didn't take names but there is a chance of Shardul Thakur coming in place of Khaleel, whose pace at times is making it easier for the opposition to negotiate at the death overs.
Rohit is expecting Rajkot track to play better than the one at Kotla.
"The pitch looks good. Rajkot has always been a good track to bat on and it does offer some assistance to the bowlers also. It will be a good pitch. I'm pretty sure it will be better than what you saw in Delhi," he opined.
While strategy is a confidential thing, a change in approach is something that the stand -in skipper expects from his mates.
"But if the pitch here (at Rajkot) is good, our approach will be different as well in both bowling and batting (departments)," added Rohit.
He then cited the reasons why it was difficult to bat on a Delhi track.
"We have seen the pitch in Delhi was challenging, the ball was gripping and turning. On such kind of wickets, you never know what is a good score. As far as Rajkot pitch is concerned, there is hope that it will play better than Delhi's, and thus our approach will be different," he said.
Asked whether there was pressure on bowlers, Rohit replied,"Pressure is just on the team to perform, as simple as that. Not a particular department. You've lost as a team, you've not lost as a bowling unit. So the focus will be on the team." The skipper expects a collective performance from his team.
For Rohit, it is important that mistakes committed in the last game is not repeated.
"We were short in a lot of departments. It is important to focus on the mistakes we made and make sure those mistakes are not repeated again. That is the sign of a good team, when you don't repeat mistakes," said Rohit.
According to Rohit Sharma, T20 cricket was the one where the emerging players can be tried out and he also began with it before moving to ODIs and Tests.
India has achieved less success in T20s as compared to ODIs and Tests. India last won a T20 series on home soil last year against West Indies, but after that they were beaten by Australia and later drew 1-1 with South Africa.
Rohit emphasised that the team wants to try out different players in T20 format as "they can express themselves and get ready for ODIs and Tests".
"This is the format where you can try (new players), and there is no harm in doing that. We have seen a lot of players who have emerged from this format, who have gone on to play ODI and Test formats," Rohit said
"We want our bench strength to be as strong as possible. This is probably the reason why you see so many new guys coming into the fray and playing," he said.
He, however, said that the priority was to win matches.
That is how all of us want, including myself and the other guys who started playing T20 format first and went on to play ODI and Test cricket,” said the Indian captain
"I think that is how it happens and as I said we just want our bench strength to be very, very strong. This is the format (T20) to try all these guys who are emerging," he signed off.
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