In a rain-affected match on the Pallekele Worldwide Cricket Stadium, Shubman Gill and Rohit Sharma‘s scintillating batting propelled India to a powerful win.
Opting to bowl first, India let Nepal off the hook with three dropped catches, after which the Nepalese crew posted 230 in 48.1 overs of their first-ever match in opposition to India.India then chased down the revised goal of 145 with ease to progress to the ‘Tremendous 4’ stage of the event.
“The wicket at the moment was good, higher than the final one throughout Pakistan. We might have been extra disciplined. The three dropped catches helped them. They batted properly…Glad nothing main occurred (due to the dropped catches). It was good to see how we responded to it (the goal),” mentioned Rathour within the post-match press convention.
On the upcoming conflict in opposition to Pakistan throughout the ‘Tremendous 4’ stage, Rathour mentioned that the crew will attempt to do higher.
“We’ll attempt to play higher and begin higher. Conditions, situations and bowling are completely different typically. Wickets do fall, however we recovered properly to make 260 (within the rain-abandoned group match in opposition to Pakistan),” mentioned the batting coach.
When requested about Pakistan’s formidable tempo bowling trio that includes Shaheen Afridi, Haris Rauf, and Naseem Shah, and the prevailing perception among the many public that India struggles in opposition to it, Rathour commented that whereas Pakistan undeniably possesses a powerful bowling assault, Indian batsmen are equally adept at offering robust performances.
“Pakistan has bowling assault. The brand new ball was doing properly and the wicket provided assist (within the group match). The rain broke the rhythm. All elements have been there. It’s not like we won’t play them. Our batters are additionally able to taking part in (properly) and getting a giant begin,” mentioned the coach.
Relating to the choice dilemma between wicketkeeper-batsmen Ishan Kishan and KL Rahul for the upcoming match, Rathour expressed that having to resolve between these two in-form gamers is a optimistic predicament to face.
“Ishan performed rather well. He has been doing actually good. However KL has additionally accomplished properly for 2 years. It’s a good drawback to have. Group administration will take the ultimate resolution,” mentioned Rathour.
On taking part in completely different combos, he added, “We’ve 15 gamers within the squad to check completely different combos in opposition to completely different groups in numerous situations. Shardul (Thakur) provides us batting depth…If we need to go all out with our quick bowlers, now we have that as an choice choice. We’ve the choice to play yet another spinner in addition to now we have Axar Patel. It’s good to have these choices.”
(With company inputs)