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Rohit: Bangladesh are a very good team, can do well wherever they play

  • Published at 08:39 am March 19th, 2018
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Rohit: Bangladesh are a very good team, can do well wherever they play
India stand-in T20I captain Rohit Sharma said a mixture of youth and experience has enabled Bangladesh to put on good performances. The Tigers had come to the Nidahas T20I tri-nation series with their chins down after recent defeats. However, the side turned the tables around, recording two sensational wins against host Sri Lanka to storm into the final against India. The Tigers though despite exhibiting a good show went down against India by two wickets in the last two overs of the game. Bangladesh needed to defend 34 runs and India's middle-order batsman Dinesh Karthik proved to be the difference, scoring an eight-ball 29 with two boundaries and three sixes. “Bangladesh are certainly a very good team. Definitely in this tournament they are a very dangerous team. We saw a few games when they chased more than 200. They’re very fearless. They come out, express themselves, and enjoy their cricket. They are certainly a very good team. Going forward, in the last three years, we’ve seen how they’ve changed their style of cricket,” said Rohit following India's win in Colombo Sunday. “The senior guys are there in the team and there are a few new faces. That’s always a good combination to have, when you have mixture of youth and experience, you always get the result you want. I feel they are a very good team and can play well wherever they play. A few of the guys who are experienced are nurturing the younger guys,” the right-handed opener added. India on the day had sent wicketkeeper-batsman Karthik lower down the order, and amid pressure situation, with Bangladesh bowlers making a comeback in the last part of the 167-run chase. “Any changes that we make in the game it is due to some reasons. You think many times before making such changes. It was because we wanted one of the experienced guys batting at the end. I thought Mustafizur [Rahman] would bowl probably the 18th and the 20th over, and we wanted an experienced guy to handle him. We knew he would come out with his off-cutters and Dinesh probably would have been a better choice at that point, because when I got out there were eight or nine overs left,” Rohit informed. “We asked Vijay [Shankar] at that point to go after the bowlers and make sure that we get to a decent required run-rate. Days like this can happen to anyone. He tried his best and it’s probably the first time he got to bat in the series also. Had we lost the game, you can say it would have looked bad. But that was the idea - to have Dinesh at the back end, because he’s batted in that position in a list of games for his state teams. Even when he was playing for Mumbai Indians with me, I knew his ability with the bat. He’s got some different types of skill shots that would probably be required at that point at the death overs. That was the only reason we held him back. I can proudly say it paid off,” he added.