Indian stand-in skipper Rohit Sharma gathered praise from head coach Ravi Shastri after leading India to their seventh Asia Cup win. The men in blue won the final after defeating Bangladesh by 3 wickets. The contest wasn't as easy as India would have expected considering their dominance throughout the tournament.
Shastri was impressed by Rohit's captaincy. He went on to laud the Mumbai batsman for being so calm and composed even in a big final.
“Rohit was a calming influence and it showed in his captaincy. To keep his intensity going even after the start they (Bangladesh) had shown he was really cool in every aspect of captaincy,” the 56-year-old said.
Shastri really liked the bowling changes made by India's stand-in skipper Rohit which helped India to restrict Bangladesh to 222 even after their good start. At one stage, Bangladesh were 120 for no loss. “The bowling changes he made were really good, to concede just around 100 runs in the last 30 overs, I thought it was brilliant,” he said.
India has been superb in the field. However, there were few drop catches, but they put up decent effort on the field to keep the pressure build by Indian bowlers. “I liked the intensity with which we played, we were a bit flat against Hong Kong in the first match, but pulled up afterward.
The biggest plus was the fielding, game after game, we saved around 30-35 runs in these oppressive conditions,” he said.
“We took wickets consistently and during the middle-overs, the bowlers were outstanding, we bowled well with the new ball in tough conditions and then the spinners came to the party,” he added.
Shastri was also questioned about India's poor performance in England, on which, he replied the scoreline isn't showing the true picture. “It’s a different format, but I think everyone knows how well we played in England, the scorecard really doesn’t show it. This is a different format and we needed to start afresh,” he said.