The young Indian wicket-keeper, Rishabh Pant had yet another bad day on the failed as India lost by 7 wickets against Bangladesh in the first T20I of the 3-match series in Delhi on Sunday. First, poor running form Pant cost Shikhar Dhawan his wicket and then India lost a review at a crunch situation because the wicket-keeper thought there was an edge.
In the 10th over of Bangladesh’s innings, Pant convinced Rohit to go for a DRS as the wicket of Soumya Sarkar was crucial at that moment in the game. Rohit obliged but it was a wrong call. The UltraEdge showed a flat line as the ball went past the bat. However, earlier in the game, India didn’t take the DRS in the over of Yuzvendra Chahal when Mushfiqur Rahim, who remained unbeaten on 60, missed and was struck around leg-stump. It was the review that Rohit Sharma should have gone for.
In a moment of immense pressure, Rohit decided to stay calm and just smiled at Pant. Here is Rohit’s reaction:
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After winning the toss, the visiting skipper Mahmudullah decided to bowl first citing a heavy dew in the latter half of the innings. India’s stand-in skipper, Rohit Sharma also would’ve preferred the same. India only managed to reach a total of 148/6 in their quota of 20 overs and the visitors chased it down with 7 wickets in hand and 3 balls to spare.
India’s stand-in skipper, Rohit accepted that the review was a mistake and India was not up to the mark in the field.
After the game, Rohit said, “The reviews were a mistake from our side, not to talk about it at least, and the first ball he played on the back foot, we thought it was going down leg, and the next one on the front foot, but we forgot how short he is! We weren’t up to the mark on the field, but batting-wise I think we put up a competitive score. Chahal was always welcomed into this format. He’s crucial to this team, and he showed how important he is in the middle overs, when the batsmen are set. He completely understands what he needs to execute, and that makes it a little easier for the captain as well.”