Rohit Sharma: I don’t think we are lagging anywhere (in multi-nation tournaments)

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Rohit Sharma said that playing against different oppositions in multi-nation tournaments comes with its pressure

After the loss against Sri Lanka, Rohit addressed a press conference where he talked about whether Team India should start worrying and whether the side is lagging in multi-nation tournaments of late.

The Indian cricket team loses its second consecutive game in the Super 4 Phase of the Asia Cup 2022 on Tuesday as it failed to defend a target of 174 runs. 

India had set Sri Lanka a target of 174 runs and the Lankans pursued it down with 6 wickets in hand and a ball in excess. The last two overs were a precise imitation of how India lost its match against Pakistan on Sunday.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s ineffective bowling in the penultimate over cost India again and young Arshdeep’s best efforts went in vain as he had just 6 runs to defend in both cases.

After the loss against Sri Lanka, Rohit Sharma addressed a press conference where he talked about whether Team India should start worrying and whether the side is lagging in multi-nation tournaments of late.

“I don’t think we are lagging anywhere (in multi-nation tournaments). The quality is there within the team, I think somewhere down the line when there is a multi-nation tournament, pressure is more. In bilaterals, you play 3-5 matches against a single opponent, there you have the chance to read the mindset of the opposition. But when you play tournaments like World Cup, Asia Cup, the challenge is in playing against different teams,”

said Rohit.

“We have talked about this in our dressing room, we have talked about how we can stay ahead of the game. Unfortunately, we did not go to the semifinals of the T20 World Cup last year, we have lost two matches here in Asia Cup. But it is a challenge for us, every player on our team knows the challenge. But if you look at our history in ICC tournaments, you can see that we have played semi-finals, final and we have also won the final in the past. I do not think, we need to think too much about it. Our work is to help players understand how to make better decisions under pressure situations,”

he added.

When asked whether the team has any reason to start worrying, Rohit said:

“There is no worry. If you lose two matches, it does not mean that you start worrying. In our dressing room, such talks don’t take place. We have played many matches after the World Cup and we have won so many, just because we have lost these two matches in the Asia Cup, I do not think there is a reason to worry. Experienced batters get out and experienced bowlers are taken for runs, this all is normal and it keeps happening.”

“I do not think we should start worrying. Bhuvneshwar Kumar has been playing for so many years, he has won so many matches for us at the death. 1-2 bad games do not mean that we start judging him,”

he added.

“Our team is almost 95 percent settled. There are just a few changes that will happen. That’s about it, talking about experiments, we wanted to try out some different things. If you look at the combination that we have been playing before the start of the Asia Cup, it was with four seamers, two spinners and the second spinner was an all-rounder. But I always wanted to try and find answers on what happens if you play with three seamers,”

said Rohit.

“When you are playing games like these, against quality opposition, you have to challenge yourself. We just wanted to try and see what happens if we play three seamers, in hindsight, the fourth seamer that was here was not available for selection for the last two games because he was sick. There are a lot of questions that we need to answer, we found some answers in the last few series. After this, we have two more series to play, I do not know when the team will be announced for World Cup, till then it is not announced, we can certainly try a few more players,”

he added.

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