Mirpur : Claiming that the team has identified the reason for the loss in the first ODI against Bangladesh, Indian opener Rohit Sharma said that the bowlers should take wickets up-front to put pressure on the opposition in the must-win game today.
“The wicket looks quite similar to the first game. Generally the wicket here tends to play similar throughout. Tactically, we need to understand where we lacked in the first game. It’s always important to take wickets up front, that is something, which we will be focussing on.
“Early wickets helps you build early pressure that were missing in the first game,” Rohit said. “Their batsmen kept going after our bowlers. We need to get wickets early in the game, which puts a brake on momentum and slows the run-rate. We have quality bowlers and hopefully they can do better.
“From our point of view, it’s very important that we stick to our gameplan. We knew what went wrong in the first match. We will think about it and when we come back and play the second ODI. It will be a different Indian side obviously we were trying our best in the first game as well but things didn’t work out.
“We have got certain plans coming their way hopefully we will try and execute those plans and things will work in our favour then,” said the Mumbai batsman.
“Now, if you look at the history India is the only team that has chased more than 300 many times. India is ranked number 1, when it comes to chasing 300-plus totals. I don’t see why we can’t chase 300. It was one of those incidents where we kept losing wickets in the middle,” he said.