IND v BAN 2019: Rohit Sharma relishes Rajkot knock after India level the T20I series

Rohit scored a magnificent 43-ball 85 as India won by eight wickets on Thursday.

Rohit Sharma | AFP

Stand-in captain Rohit Sharma led from the front with a scintillating 43-ball 85 as India levelled the ongoing T20I series against Bangladesh with a victory in the second game in Rajkot on Thursday (November 7). 

Chasing 154 on a flat track, Rohit made a mockery of the visitors' bowling line-up and was later awarded "Player-of-the-Match". 

"All these years, I’ve just tried to do my best with the bat in hand," he said after the eight-wicket win. "I knew the conditions were perfect. So all I wanted to do was stay still and tonk the ball. The year 2019 has been very good so far. Just want to finish it off on a good note."

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"I knew that Rajkot is a good track and it will be difficult for the bowlers in the second innings. We took advantage of that and had a great powerplay. After that, it was all about going on."

Rohit, however, quickly put the focus and attention on India's spinners, Yuzvendra Chahal and Washington Sundar; they bowled superbly on the day and allowed India to restrict Bangladesh to just 153/6 in 20 overs. 

"Both Washington and Chahal understand their bowling really well," he said. "More importantly, they analyse and have conversations on where they can improve. Chahal has bowled in difficult situations and has somehow brought the team to the top."

"It’s given him confidence. Washington has been our new-ball bowler, but today, I wanted to keep his three overs at the back."

Fielding hasn't been India's best department this series, those errors prompted even the usually cool and calm Rohit to show his emotions on the field, and he realises it's an area of concern building up towards the T20 World Cup next year. 

"I’m an emotional guy. We were sloppy in the field, have to accept that. But the focus is always on getting the job done," Rohit concluded. 

(Inputs from PTI)


By Kashish Chadha - 08 Nov, 2019

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