'No excuses for us because...': Rohit Sharma's no-nonsense response after India's embarrassing defeat to Bangladesh
Speaking to Anjum Chopra after the match, Indian skipper Rohit Sharma reflected on India's performance after Bangladesh stunned the KL Rahul-starrer side in the 1st ODI on Sunday.
Despite being on verge of suffering a batting collapse in the low-scoring thriller against India, hosts Bangladesh pulled off a heist to stun the Rohit Sharma-led side in the 1st One Day International (ODI) of the bilateral series on Sunday. Litton Das-led Bangladesh defeated Rohit's Team India by 1 wicket to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series at the Shere Bangla National Stadium.
Mehidy Hasan Miraz and Mustafizur Rahman teamed up to record Bangladesh's second-highest 10th-wicket ODI partnership as the hosts outclassed the two-time world champions in the series opener at Dhaka. Cutting a frustrated figure in the post-match ceremony after India's embarrassing defeat to Bangladesh, Indian skipper Rohit admitted that the hosts were let down by the batting performance in the 1st ODI.
“It was a very close game. We did pretty well to comeback into that position. We didn't bat well. 184 wasn't good enough, but we bowled pretty well and they held their nerve in the end. If you look back how we bowled right from ball one - of course we would have loved to bowl better at the end - but we bowled pretty well for 40 overs and took wickets. We just didn't have enough runs. Another 25-30 runs would have helped. We were looking at 240-250 after the 25-over mark. When you keep losing wickets it is difficult,” Indian skipper Rohit told Anjum Chopra after the match.
Indian skipper Rohit scored 27 off 31 balls while ex-captain Virat Kohli perished for 9 off 15 balls in the low-scoring encounter. Riding on KL Rahul's 73 off 70 balls, India managed to post 186 in 41.2 overs. Miraz completed Bangladesh's stunning comeback after the hosts were reduced to 136 for 9 in the 40th over. Miraz slammed an unbeaten 38 as Bangladesh ended up upstaging Rohit-led India by 1 wicket in Dhaka.
“We need to learn and understand how to play on such wickets. No excuses for us because we are used to these wickets. I don't really know how much they can improve in a couple of practice sessions. I feel the genes are there and it's only about handling pressure. I am sure these guys will learn and we look forward to the next game. Hopefully we can change things around. We know exactly what we need to do in these conditions,” Rohit added.