Rohit Sharma says too soon to judge whether Rishabh Pant can make crucial DRS calls after Bangladesh howler
Indian captain Rohit Sharma said it will be too early to judge Rishabh Pant over his decision-making abilities after the young wicket-keeper cost India a crucial review in the first T20I against Bangladesh on Sunday. Yuzvendra Chahal had trapped Mushfiqur Rahim plumb in front of the stumps but India did not review the decision after umpire turned down the appeal. Mushfiqur later went on to slam an unbeaten 60 to help Bangladesh win the opener by 7 wickets and end their winless streak against the Men in Blue in the shortest format of the game.
India missed a few tricks on the field resulting in them being the second-best side against Bangladesh - who were without their star players in Shakib Al Hasan and Tamim Iqbal. The Men in Blue messed up a couple of DRS calls and also saw all-rounder Krunal Pandya drop an easy catch of Rahim at 43, in the 18th over of the game off Chahal's bowling.
Rahim was batting on 6 when India missed the review after a failed lbw appeal in the tenth over, bowled by Chahal. Later in that over, Rohit went for a review after Pant's insistence when the umpire turned down a caught behind appeal against Soumya Sarkar. However, replays showed there was no edge off the bat and the review was wasted.
Rohit said Pant needs time and it will be too soon to judge if he can make effective DRS calls for India, an art MS Dhoni has mastered, thanks to his sharp cricketing mind and years of experience. "Of course, Rishabh is young and he will need time to understand. It's too soon to judge whether he can make those decisions. Plus, the bowlers as well. It's a combination when the captain is not in the right position to make that decision," Rohit said at the post-match press conference.
"When you are not in the right position (as a fielder), you have to trust your bowler and the wicketkeeper. Based on that, you have to make that decision, whichever format you play," he added.
Shikhar Dhawan (41) and Pant (27) were the top-scorers for India as they helped the hosts reach a fighting total of 148/6 in 20 overs. Bangladesh chased down the target without breaking a sweat with Mushfiqur leading the charge. While the right-hander slammed unbeaten 60, Soumya Sarkar complemented him well with a 35-ball 39.
Rohit said the target was defendable had India been smart on the field. He admitted that the lack of decision making and poor fielding cost India the game. "148 was a good score. We would have defended it if we were smart on the field. A couple of decisions we did not get it right on the field and that went against us. That's where we lacked in decision making," he said.