It was a defendable score but we made mistakes on-field: Rohit Sharma
Led by a spectacular show by experienced candidate Mushfiqur Rahim, Bangladesh secured their first-ever T20I victory over India at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in New Delhi on Sunday. The wicketkeeper-batsman remained unbeaten on 60 from 43 balls, guiding his side to a comprehensive seven-wicket win over the Men In Blue. With this victory, Bangladesh have now taken a 1-0 lead in the three-match T20I series.
Applauding the visitors, India’s stand-in skipper Rohit Sharma acknowledged the fact that Bangladesh pushed them on the back foot right from the word go. However, he also said that 149 was a target that could have been defended, but mistakes in the field proved too expensive for his side.
“Not to take credit away from Bangladesh. They put us under pressure right from the start when we were batting. It was a defendable score, and we made mistakes on the field,” Rohit said.
Rohit also mentioned that perhaps this could be a learning experience for the boys, who have been roped in for the limited-overs series. “The guys are a bit inexperienced, and they can learn from that, perhaps not make them the next time.”
Rohit also spoke about how he missed out on the DRS calls. “The reviews were a mistake from our side, not to talk about it at least, and the first ball he played on the back foot, we thought it was going down leg, and the next one on the front foot, but we forgot how short he is! We weren’t up to the mark on the field, but batting-wise I think we put up a competitive score.”
Yuzvendra Chahal was the most economical bowler for India. The leg spinner gave away just 24 runs in his four-over quota while picking the wicket of opener Mohammad Naim. Speaking on Chahal’s impact on the side, especially in this format of the game, Rohit said, “Chahal was always welcomed into this format. He’s crucial to this team, and he showed how important he is in the middle overs when the batsmen are set. He completely understands what he needs to execute, and that makes it a little easier for the captain as well.”
Speaking on the victory, Bangladesh’s newly appointed skipper Mahmudullah said, “I think it was all based on how we started. The bowlers did a great job, everyone chipped in. I think we fielded really well and that gave us momentum going into our batting. I think captaincy is made easy because of the boys who have performed really well. I know the Fizz is one of our key bowlers but I think the other bowlers were needed according to the conditions. Mushy was really good and Soumya had a good partnership with him. I think Naim deserves a mention as well. He played really well on debut.”