India lost to Bangladesh by seven wickets in the opening game of the series at Delhi on Sunday
India captian Rohit Sharma admitted his side needs to play as a team collectively to defeat Bangladesh and get back in the series when they play the visitors at Saurashtro Cricket Association stadium on Thursday.
India lost to Bangladesh by seven wickets in the opening game of the series at Delhi on Sunday. India failed to defend the total of 148 at Arun Jaitley stadium as Bangladesh chase down the total with three balls to spare. Now, India skipper is focusing to turn the table around at Rajkot in the second game.
“We have to play better cricket. We did not play good cricket in the last match. We were short on few departments. We have to recalculate on those things. Ii is important to focus on the mistakes we did in last match and we have to ensure that we don’t repeat those again,” said Sharma in the pre-match press conference at Saurashtro Cricket Association on Wednesday.
Bangladesh needed 35 runs in last three overs and then India bowlers failed to defend the total. India captain is not blaming his bowling department for losing the first game and focus on team effort.
“Pressure is on the whole team, not in any particular department. We had lost as a team. We did not lose as a bowler or bowling unit. The focus will be as a team to perform. Collectively we need to come together, batters need to do their job and also bowlers as well,” Sharma said.
India team had an optional practice session on Wednesday afternoon. Rajkot generally offers good batting track and India are planning to capitalize their batting strength with more attacking mind set in the next game to square the series.
“Our approach will be different in this match definitely. We played the last match according to the pitch in Delhi. It was challenging there as the ball was gripping and turning. You can’t always predict a good score in those pitches. But Rajkot’s wicket will be different. In that case our approach will be different in bowling batting,” India captain concluded.