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Wanted to Take Our Time Before Going for Shots: Rohit Sharma

Cricketnext Staff |November 11, 2018, 5:23 PM IST
Wanted to Take Our Time Before Going for Shots: Rohit Sharma

Centurion Rohit Sharma credited his opening partner Shikhar Dhawan and said that the team wanted one solid partnership from the top order, which was provided by the openers as they thrashed West Indies by 71 runs in the second T20I to seal the series with one game to spare.

"Shikhar's natural instinct is to attack the bowlers, we took some time to get going as we wanted to see how the pitch goes. I felt the partnership at the top was extremely important and Rahul provided the perfect finishing touch," said Rohit, in the post-match presentation.

Talking about his own knock, the captain said he was happy that he could send everyone home with smiles on their face.

"Whenever you get an opportunity, you try and do well. Everyone will go home smiling. That's what we play for. Glad we could win the game and win the series."

India also threw the new ball to young Khaleel Ahmed, over Bumrah and Rohit added that it was part of the plan.

"Khaleel wanted the new ball and he initially looks to swing it and he has taken up the challenge well. Bumrah has been the premier bowler for us and the way we use him in T20s is different to ODIs. And when Khaleel bowls that kind of a spell upfront that helps us," Rohit said.

The young left-arm pacer meanwhile said he felt additional responsibility and has been working on his bowling,

"I had more responsibility today as I was bowling with the new ball. I had read the pitch well when we were batting," said Khaleel, who is still finetuning certain areas in his bowling.

"I am working on my bowling arm as well as on my non-bowling arm with Bharat Arun (bowling coach) sir during practice sessions."

West Indian skipper Carlos Brathwaite said it was a hard defeat but the team needed to build on the positives.

"This is hard to digest but we need to take the positives before we play the final game. They batted well without losing a wicket in the initial overs. Our batting continues to let us down. We got a young group of guys so we need to appreciate the positives.

"We are still trying to find the right opening combination. It's difficult to choose the perfect batting pair but we're trying. We need to make the best decisions we think. Hopefully in the third game, we'll put up a better performance," said the Windies skipper.

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