Rohit Sharma on Bangladesh Loss: After the defeat against Bangladesh, captain Rohit Sharma told the reason for 5 changes made in Team India.
After the shocking defeat by 6 runs against Bangladesh in the Super-4 match of Asia Cup 2023, captain Rohit Sharma has defended the changes made in the playing eleven of Team India for this match. India had already reached the final of the tournament before this match, so for the match against Bangladesh, it decided to rest 5 star players including Virat Kohli, Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav and Mohammed Siraj.
Tilak Verma got a chance to make his ODI debut, while Mohammed Shami, Prasidh Krishna, Shardul Thakur and Suryakumar Yadav got a place in the playing eleven.
After the match, Rohit said that by doing this he wanted to give these players some chances to play before the World Cup 2023.
Rohit told why he made 5 changes in the team against Bangladesh?
Rohit said, ‘Keeping the bigger picture in mind, we wanted to give some time to the players. But we weren’t compromising on how we wanted to play. To give opportunity to some players who are likely to play in the World Cup.
In response to the target of 266 runs set by Bangladesh, despite brilliant innings of 121 runs by Shubman Gill and 42 runs by Akshar Patel, Team India was reduced to 259 runs. Rohit Sharma praised the batting of Gill and Akshar.
Analyzing the defeat, Rohit said, “Akshar batted brilliantly, but could not finish. He showed a lot of passion. But credit goes to Bangladesh bowlers. Gill’s century was brilliant. He backs his game, he knows how he wants to play. He is very clear about what he wants. Look at his form in the last one year. He is very strong against the new ball. He works hard.”
Under the captaincy of Rohit, Team India will face Sri Lanka in the Asia Cup final on September 17. After this, India has to play a three-match ODI series against Australia from September 22 to September 27. Team India will participate in the ICC World Cup 2023 at home from October 5. India last won the ODI World Cup 12 years ago in 2011.