India vs Sri Lanka 3rd T20I: We Would Have Chased Down Any Target, Says Rohit Sharma
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Chandigarh won’t be as cold as Dharamshala but the pacers should come into play considering it is another 11:30 am start to the day-night affair. In that case, it will be another test for the Indian batsmen if the home team happens to bat first in a must-win contest.
Barring old war-horse MS Dhoni, the highly-rated batsmen seemed like sitting ducks every time Suranga Lakmal pitched the ball up in the off-stump corridor.
After the experienced Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan fell early, it was an ideal opportunity for the likes of Shreyas Iyer, Dinesh Karthik and Manish Pandey to weather the initial storm and make a big score.
However, they all came a cropper and if it was not for Dhoni’s fighting 65, India could well be out for their lowest ever total.
If it was one person, who would be gutted looking at his teams’ performance, it would be captain Virat Kohli, who opted out of the series to get married to Bollywood actor Anushka Sharma in Italy.
Rohit, leading the side in Kohli’s absence, was not amused either in his first ODI as captain. Though, he promised that the team will learn from Dharamshala debacle and bounce back in the remaining two games.
“It is important to thrive in these conditions and come out good. It is an eye-opener for all of us,” Rohit had said after the seven-wicket loss.
He is unlikely to tinker with the playing eleven but there is a possibility that Ajinkya Rahane is picked to shore up the inexperienced batting, especially the middle order. Rahane sat out of the opening game as the team management only sees him as the backup opener in the presence of Sharma and Dhawan.
However, he has batted in the middle-order in a few games out of the 84 ODIs he has played.
In the bowling department, the worry for India will be the performance of Hardik Pandya, who again leaked runs as the hosts tried to defend a paltry 112. (With PTI inputs).