Asia Cup 2022: ‘Good learning for us’ admits India skipper Rohit Sharma after team’s debacle against Pakistan
Asia Cup 2022: India captain Rohit Sharma said that facing such a defeat against arch-rival Pakistan is good learning for his team as they were unable to capitalize on their bowlers’ performance.
At the ongoing Asia Cup 2022, Pakistan defeated Pakistan by five wickets on Sunday thanks to a magnificent fifty by Mohammed Rizwan and a cameo by Mohammad Nawaz. The fans enjoyed a thrilling day of cricket action and got their money’s worth. Rizwan’s outstanding 71 off 51 balls ended up being the deciding factor between the two teams.
“It’s a high-pressure game we know that. You’ve got to be at it every time. A game like that can take a lot. We were calm even when there was a partnership between Rizwan and Nawaz. But that partnership obviously went a little long and they batted brilliantly. Games like this can bring the best out of them if they deliver. These are the games that can make them. They’ve done it in the past. There’s a class in the other team as well. And we’re not surprised with that. We understand the pitch gets slightly better in the second innings,” said Rohit Sharma in a post-match presentation.
“It’s good learning for us. I thought it was a good score. Any pitch, any conditions when you get 180 it’s a good score. We got to learn a lot today – what sort of mindset we need to have when defending a score like that. Like I said you’ve got to give credit to Pakistan. They’ve played better than us,” he added.
That’s that from another close game against Pakistan.
Pakistan win by 5 wickets.
Up next, #TeamIndia play Sri Lanka on Tuesday.
— BCCI (@BCCI) September 4, 2022
In the Asia Cup match against Pakistan, Virat Kohli dropped to the third position for India and scored his 32nd T20I fifty to lead India to their second-highest T20I total.
Talking about Virat Kohli’s form, Rohit said, “The form is brilliant (talking about Kohli). Needed someone to bat long when the others were getting out. He batted with that tempo as well. Virat getting that score was crucial from the team’s point of view. Wickets of Hardik and Rishabh was not needed at that time. But we want to play with an open mindset. While taking that approach you’ll not always have success.”
Chasing a target of 182, Pakistan got off to a shaky start after skipper Babar Azam (14) was dismissed in the fourth over of the innings by Ravi Bishnoi. Fakhar Zaman, who was dismissed by Yuzvendra Chahal after scoring 15, also failed to produce a strong performance.
A crucial partnership between Mohammad Rizwan and Mohammad Nawaz followed, amassing 84 runs for the third wicket. Rizwan (41) and Nawaz (41) both quickly eliminated by Hardik Pandya and Bhuvneshwar Kumar, respectively. Senior bowler Bhuvneshwar let 19 runs in the last over as India lost the game by five wickets with Pakistan needing 26 runs off the final two overs.