Asia Cup 2022, India vs Pakistan: Need to learn mindset of defending as 180-odd was good score, says Rohit Sharma

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Asia Cup 2022, India vs Pakistan: Need to learn mindset of defending as 180-odd was good score, says Rohit Sharma
Asia Cup 2022, India vs Pakistan: Need to learn mindset of defending as 180-odd was good score, says Rohit Sharma

Asia Cup 2022, India vs Pakistan: Need to learn mindset of defending as 180-odd was good score, says Rohit Sharma

Asia Cup 2022, India vs Pakistan: India captain Rohit Sharma‘s biggest takeaway from his team’s five-wicket loss against arch-rivals Pakistan in the Asia Cup Super 4 match is learning about the mindset required to defend tricky totals under pressure.

Pakistan defeated India by five wickets after they successfully completed the 182 run chase with one ball remaining.

A total of 181 was always a decent number, according to the Indian captain, and he didn’t believe they were 10-15 short.

“It’s a good learning for us. I thought it was a good score. Any pitch, any conditions when you get 180 it’s a good score,” Rohit said after the match.

“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,” Rohit added.

Asia Cup 2022: Need to learn mindset of defending as 180-odd was good score, says Rohit Sharma
Asia Cup 2022: Need to learn mindset of defending as 180-odd was good score, says Rohit Sharma

He insisted that momentum must be maintained in a game of this intensity.

Rohit acknowledged that the 73-run stand between Mohammed Nawaz and Mohammed Rizwan, , went longer than he had expected.

“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. We understand the pitch gets slightly better in the second innings,” he said.

The skipper was all praise for Virat Kohli, who scored 60 off 44 balls in India’s 181/7.

“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.”