Head coach of India – Ravi Shastri has praised Rohit Sharma’s captaincy in the absence of Virat Kohli, and believes that the ‘Hit-man’ was a “calming influence” on the field as a leader.
“Rohit was a calming influence and it showed in his captaincy. To keep his intensity going even after the start they (Bangladesh) had, showed he was really cool in every aspect of captaincy,”
“The bowling changes he made were really good, to concede just around 100 runs in the last 30 overs, I thought it was brilliant,” Shastri said.
The 56 year old was also pleased with the way the men in blue showed intensity on the field and kept it tight, which made their opponents earn hard for runs.
“I liked the intensity with which we played, we were a bit flat against Hong Kong in the first match, but pulled up afterwards.
The biggest plus was the fielding, game after game, we saved around 30-35 runs in these oppressive conditions,”
“We took wickets consistently and during the middle-overs, the bowlers were outstanding, we bowled well with the new ball in tough conditions and then the spinners came to the party,” said the former cricketer.
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