IND vs SL: I want Jadeja to bat up the order more, says Rohit Sharma
IND vs SL: India skipper Rohit Sharma explained the reason why all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja was sent up the order in the first T20I against Sri Lanka on Thursday at the Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium.
Jadeja, who returned to the Indian team on Thursday, was sent to bat at number four. From four balls, the left-handed batter scored three runs.
“Very happy with Jadeja’s return. We want more from him that is why we asked him to bat higher. You will see that happening more and more in the games that he plays for India. I want him to bat up the order more,” said Rohit Sharma at the post-match presentation.
“He is a very improved batter, so we will try and see if we can promote him going forward. We are very clear with what we want to achieve with him in white ball cricket,” he added.
Ishan Kishan hit a blistering fifty to help India reach 199 for 20 overs. Rohit said Ishan has the capability and it was pleasant to see the batter from the other end.
“I know Ishan for a long time now. Also I know the mindset he has. I know the ability he has as well. It was just about getting the kind of game that he had today. It was so pleasing to watch from the other end,” said Rohit.
“The way he constructed the innings was so good, that is usually a challenge for him. We were talking in the middle about finding gaps,” he added.
India took a 1-0 lead in the three-match T20I series against Sri Lanka with a 62-run victory. Both teams will now face off in the second T20I on Saturday.
Speaking about his performance and team’s fielding, Rohit said:
” I love playing on big grounds, because that is when you will be tested as a batter. Here you got to use a bit of batsmanship as well. In Kolkata, you just needed to time the ball.”
“It’s consistently happening. We are dropping easy catches. Our fielding coach has some work to do. Come Australia, we want to be a great fielding side,” he added.