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IND vs BAN 1st ODI: These guys grew up playing in such conditions, Its all about handling pressure - Rohit

In the 1st ODI, Bangladesh's 10th wicket pair of Mehidy Hasan Miraj and Mustafizur Rahaman turned the tables and guided their team to win

Aachal Maniyar Written By: Aachal Maniyar New Delhi Published on: December 04, 2022 23:47 IST
Rohit Sharma
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Rohit Sharma expressed that the Indian batting unit needs to show improvement in how to tackle spinners on difficult tracks after losing a low-scoring thriller against Bangladesh by 1 wicket.

Bangladesh's 10th wicket pair of Mehidy Hasan Miraj and Mustafizur Rahaman turned the tables and guided their team to win with a 51-run stand that saw the hosts surpass a target of 187 in 46 overs.

But it was left-arm spinner Shakib Al Hasan (5 wickets) and off-spinner Miraj (1 wicket), who shared the bulk of spoils during Indian innings.

"The pitch was a bit challenging, the odd ball was turning. You have to understand how to play. There are no excuses, we are used to such types of conditions," Rohit said at the post-match presentation ceremony.

"We need to look at how to bat against their spinners in these conditions. The genes are there, these guys grew up playing in such conditions. It is all about handling pressure."

While the last wicket pair pulled off a heist after being 136/9 in the 40th over, Rohit didn't run away from the core problem and that is inept batting.

"It wasn't enough runs. Another 30-40 runs would have made a difference. With KL and Washy, we could have got there. Unfortunately, we lost wickets in the middle, and it is not easy to make a comeback," the Indian captain said.

He did praise his bowlers despite an indifferent last 30 minutes.

"It was a very close game. We did very well to come back into the game. We did not bat well. We bowled pretty well and kept them under pressure till the end. They held their nerves at the back end.

"If you look back at how we bowled, of course, the last few overs where we would have liked to get a wicket, we kept taking wickets all through," the skipper looked at the positives.

The next match is also at Mirpur and Rohit is hoping for a better show.

"I am sure these guys will learn and we look forward to the next game. Hopefully, we can change things around. We know exactly what we need to do in these conditions," he said. 

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