Indian captain Rohit Sharma said that he will continue to back the young bowlers and give them opportunities to show their skills in the tough moments of the game.
Rohit’s comments came against the backdrop of his decision to bring in Avish Khan (1/31 from 2.2 overs) to bowl the last over of the low-scoring second T20I instead of the more experienced Bhuvneshwar Kumar (0/12 from 2 overs). .
Rohit said he wants to test India’s bowling depth with an eye on the T20 World Cup in Australia later this year.
“It’s all about giving a chance. We know Bhuvneshwar, what he brings to the table, but if you don’t give a chance to Avesh or Arsdeep, you never know how to bowl at the death for India. What does that mean,” Rohit said after the match.
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“They have done it in the IPL. Just a game, these people need not panic. They need support and opportunity,” the captain added.
While Rohit feels that the Indian batsmen did not apply themselves at a batting-friendly level in the five-wicket defeat against the West Indies in the second T20I, he is hopeful of a change soon.
“It wasn’t enough runs on the board for us. We did not bat well. The pitch was playing quite well but we didn’t apply ourselves. But it can happen,” said the opener.
“I’ve said time and again that when you’re trying to do something as a batting group, it’s not always going to work. “We will try to look at our mistakes and try to correct them,” Rohit added.
Obed McCoy wreaked havoc with the ball with brilliant figures of 17 for 6 as India managed just 138 runs.
Rohit praised his team’s fighting spirit, especially the bowlers, who pulled the game to the last over.
“Proud to the team. When you’re defending a target like that, it can be over in 13-14 overs or you try to drag it to the last over. People kept fighting, it was important to take the wicket. “What we planned, people came and implemented,” he said.
“Happy with the bowlers, but there are some things in the batting that we need to look at. I will say again and again that we will continue to bat in the same way because we want to get something. A one-sided result, don’t panic. “We will not change things around after one loss,” he added.
India will take on the West Indies in the delayed third T20I at the same venue on Tuesday.
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