'We have looked at certain number of stats on how we chase and set target. Our numbers are great when we chase down the total. We want to focus on setting targets and defending them,' Rohit Sharma said ahead of India-Bangladesh 1st T20I
New Delhi: India’s stand-in captain Rohit Sharma declared that the team wants to be number one in all three formats of the game and currently the focus is on defending targets in the T20I series against Bangladesh.
In the ICC Rankings, India are the top side in the world in Test cricket. In ODIs, they are second while being fifth in T20Is.
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Virat Kohli has been rested for the three T20Is against the visitors and Rohit will lead the “Men in Blue”. Kohli will return to captain the Test side in the two-match rubber against the neighbours.
Talking about the series ahead of the first game at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi on Sunday (November 3), Rohit said the team wants to set targets and defend well.
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“We have looked at certain number of stats on how we chase and set target. Our numbers are great when we chase down the total. We want to focus on setting targets and defending them. The last T20I we played at Bengaluru against South Africa, we batted first on a sticky wicket as we wanted to challenge ourselves before T20 World Cup next year,” Rohit said in the pre-match press conference on Saturday (November 2).
“At the same time, we want to win games as well. We have not done well in the T20 format recently, probably we are ranked at number five in the ICC T20I rankings. We want to be at the top in all three formats of the game,” he added.
Rohit also said that Rishabh Pant is a match-winner in the T20I format and needs to be given a consistent run as he can take the game forward on his day.
“Both wicket-keepers (Rishabh Pant and Sanju Samson) that we have in our squad are pretty talented. We have stuck with Pant, this is the format that gave him recognition. We have to stick with him for a while, we know how well he can take the game forward if he has his day,” Rohit said.
The 32-year-old also said that the side has a lot of options and they need to be a given a number of games to get the best out of them. He also opined that both the Indian Premier League (IPL) and international cricket are different and have different challenges.
“We have a lot of options. They just need to have a number of games behind them. This is the best time for us to try all the guys that are in the squad. When they play in the IPL, that is a different ball game, when you play international cricket, it is a different situation. In international cricket, there are limited opportunities and you have to make the most of it,” Rohit said.
India T20I squad
Rohit Sharma (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Sanju Samson, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Rishabh Pant (wicketkeeper), Washington Sundar, Krunal Pandya, Yuzvendra Chahal, Rahul Chahar, Deepak Chahar, Khaleel Ahmed, Shivam Dube, Shardul Thakur.
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Last Updated Nov 2, 2019, 3:18 PM IST