Indian captain Rohit Sharma has conceded that it was the bowlers who won India the 3rd T20I vs Bangladesh on Sunday even after quickfire fifties from Shreyas Iyer and KL Rahul powered India to a match-winning 174/5 in their 20 overs. While Bangladesh were at one stage looking set to overhaul India’s total, impressive bowling performances from Deepak Chahar (6/7) and Shivam Dube (3/30) helped India bundle the opposition for 144 for a 30-run win.
At the post-match presentation, Rohit revealed that he had to remind his bowlers which jersey they were playing for when it looked like Bangladesh could run away with the game during their chase of 175.
“It was the bowlers who won us the game. I know how tough it was in the middle considering the dew factor. At one stage it was looking easy for them when they needed 70-odd of 8 overs; things were looking tough for us. It was a great comeback from us. The boys took responsibility and raised their hands up. I just reminded them this (pointing towards the jersey) is what we are playing for. I can understand when wickets are not falling, it’s hard to pick up. I just had to remind what team they’re playing for, credit to the bowlers,” said Rohit after the win.
Rohit was also appreciative of the roles played by Iyer (62) and Rahul (52), saying that it was great to see ‘individuals taking the responsibility’. Rohit stressed that the result was a good omen as India continue their preparation for the all-important T20 World Cup to be played in Australia next year.
“Also to the batsmen – the way Rahul and Iyer played, that was magnificent. That is what we want from the team – individuals taking responsibility. Until we get close to the World Cup, we got to find the right balance. There are a few guys missing, but they’ll come back. Keeping everything in mind, we have few games in mind before we get into that flight to Australia. If we keep performing like we did today, it’s going to be a big headache for Virat and the selectors,” added Rohit.
India and Bangladesh will next lock horns in the 2-Test series starting on November 14 in Indore.