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India Vs Bangladesh 2019/20: First T20I – Rohit Sharma Admits Bangladesh Put Them Under Pressure Right From The Start 

India Vs Bangladesh 2019/20: First T20I – Rohit Sharma Admits Bangladesh Put Them Under Pressure Right From The Start
Bangladesh national cricket team (Image Credit: ICC)

After the long chaos and huge tension, Delhi air quality finally allowed to start the historic 1,000th T20I on Sunday (3rd November) evening. It was the first T20I of the three-match T20I series between India and Bangladesh at the Arun Jaitley Stadium. But, at the end of that game, India suffered their first-ever T20I defeat against Bangladesh. After losing that game, Rohit Sharma fully credited the Bangladesh cricketers.

It was also a historic game for the Indian cricketer Rohit Sharma who became the most-capped Indian player in T20I history as well as most run-scorer in T20I history after that game. In the absence of Virat Kohli, Rohit is handling the captaincy role of the Indian team in this series. But in the first game of this series, Rohit faced a huge challenge and suffered a defeat.

After the visitors sent the hosts to bat first, India managed to put 148/6 (20 overs). Indian batsmen struggled in the whole innings as they were losing the wickets in regular intervals. Bangladesh bowlers were very tight in most of that innings. Apart from the opener Shikhar Dhawan (41 runs), no other Indian batsmen reached the 30-mark in that innings.

In reply, Bangladesh chased down that target in 19.3 overs after losing three wickets. The senior wicketkeeper-batsman Mushfiqur Rahim played a superb knock of unbeaten 60 runs (43 balls) and it guided them to the historic victory. Also, Soumya Sarkar (39), opener Mohammad Naim (26) and captain Mahmudullah (15*) all played crucial knocks in that innings.

It was a defendable score – Indian standing T20I captain

While Bangladesh won that match by seven wickets, Rohit Sharma admitted that they were under pressure from the beginning of the game. However, Rohit believed that it was a defendable total if the Indian players didn’t make many mistakes. The standing Indian T20I captain credited the Bangladesh players but also backed the inexperienced Indian cricketers.

Rohit Sharma, Bangladesh
Indian cricketers (Image Credit: BCCI Twitter)

Rohit said at the post-match presentation ceremony, “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. The guys are a bit inexperienced, and they can learn from that, perhaps not make them the next time.”

Rohit Sharma spoke about their review mistakes

The game-changer Mushfiqur Rahim survived twice from the lbw appeals. In the 10th over of that innings, Yuzvendra Chahal trapped Rahim for the lbw in back-to-back deliveries. While the Indian players appeal on those chances, the bowling end umpire didn’t show much interest in those calls. Later, the hosts’ captain Rohit Sharma decided to not take the only review on those calls.

Rohit Sharma, Bangladesh
Mushfiqur Rahim (Image Credit: Google)

However, the replay showed that both those missed opportunities could end Mushfiqur Rahim’s journey at a very early stage. All the three points of those both appeals had the red marks. During that presentation ceremony, Rohit talked about their review mistakes.

He said, “The reviews were a mistake from our side, not to talk about it at least, and the first ball he played on the backfoot, we thought it was going down leg, and the next one on the frontfoot, but we forgot how short he is!”

In that same over, India also wasted their only review. This time, the young wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant forced Rohit to take the only review on a caught-behind appeal. However, there was no edge from Soumya Sarkar’s bat as there was no chance for the dismissal.

We weren’t up to the mark on the field – Rohit Sharma

At the crucial late moment, Krunal Pandya dropped Rahim at the deep midwicket. In the 19th over of that chasing, Rahim smashed four successive fours to the young left-arm pacer Khaleel Ahmed.

Rohit admitted that they were not up to the mark level on the field.

The Indian captain added, “We weren’t up to the mark on the field, but batting-wise I think we put up a competitive score.”

Rohit Sharma also praised the leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal. Chahal hugely troubled the Bangladesh batsmen as he had the bowling figures of 4-0-24-1. More importantly, he only conceded two runs after the end of his first two overs.

Yuzvendra Chahal, Andre Russell
Yuzvendra Chahal (Image Credit: Getty Images)

Rohit concluded, “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.”

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