Nidahas Trophy 2018: India captain Rohit Sharma backs young squad to learn from their mistakes

India captain Rohit Sharma said, "A lot of credit must go to Sri Lanka, to their whole batting group. I'm sure we will learn from our mistakes."

IANS, March 07, 2018

Ater losing the opening game against Sri Lanka by five wickets on Tuesday, Indian skipper Rohit Sharma said players will learn from their mistakes.

Kusal Perera's brilliant 66 off 37 balls and some crucial contributions from the middle-order helped Sri Lanka beat India.

Indian cricket captain Rohit Sharma reacts after Sri Lanka's victory in the opening Twenty20 international cricket match between Sri Lanka and India for the Nidahas Trophy tri-nation Twenty20 tournament at The R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on March 6, 2018. The Nidahas Trophy tri-nation Twenty20 tournament involving Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and India. / AFP PHOTO / LAKRUWAN WANNIARACHCHI

India captain Rohit Sharma reacts after Sri Lanka's victory in the opening Twenty20 international in tri-nation series. AFP

After the Indian batsmen put up a decent target of 175, their bowlers failed to make a mark as the hosts hammered the bowlers all around the park. Spinners Yuzvendra Chahal (2/37) and Washington Sundar (2/28) provided the crucial breakthroughs to control the run flow.

Towards the end, Dasun Shanaka (15 not out) and Thisara Perera (22 not out) played sensibly and helped their team clinch the match.

"A lot of credit must go to Sri Lanka, to their whole batting group. I'm sure we will learn from our mistakes," Rohit said after the match.

Rohit also said that the batsmen could have stretched the target towards the end.

"I think it was a par score, definitely something we could have defended. We could have accelerated a bit more towards the end. It was a decent wicket," he said.

"We all know on a wicket like that you need your batting as strong as possible. Our squad is well equipped with plenty of all-rounders and that offers the balance to the side," he added.

Commenting on the new-look bowling line-up, Rohit said: "I felt we've got enough experience in our bowling line-up. They are very much new into the scene, they have had enough experience having been in these situations before."

Updated Date: Mar 07, 2018





Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3634 125
2 South Africa 3589 112
3 Australia 3499 106
4 New Zealand 2354 102
5 England 3772 97
6 Sri Lanka 2914 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5751 125
2 India 5492 122
3 South Africa 3842 113
4 New Zealand 4602 112
5 Pakistan 3279 102
6 Australia 3548 101
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 3270 131
2 Australia 1894 126
3 India 3932 123
4 New Zealand 2542 116
5 England 1951 115
6 South Africa 2058 114