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'He's young and will need time to understand' – Rohit backs Pant after DRS blunders

Ind v Ban, 1st T20I, reaction

Rohit Sharma called for more patience while dealing with wicket-keeper Rishabh Pant, after the latter's judgement on using the Decision Review System backfired on the team during their seven-wicket defeat to Bangladesh in the first T20I in Delhi on Sunday, 3 November.

India had two chances to dismiss Mushfiqur Rahim cheaply in the ninth over, sent down by leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal. On two successive occasions in the over, the bowler and the close-in fielders appealed, the latter half-heartedly, for an lbw. With his players not showing much conviction, Rohit didn't opt for the reviews, but replays showed three reds on ball-tracking on both occasions.

Two balls later, Pant and Chahal appealed in unison against Soumya Sarkar for a caught behind, and the keeper convinced his captain for a review, only for the replays to show no deviation on snickometer. The Mushfiqur-Sarkar association yielded 52 more runs after the eventful over, with Rahim remaining unbeaten on 60 to seal a historic win for Bangladesh.

Rishabh is young and he will need time to understand. It's too soon to judge whether he can make those decisions.

Rohit Sharma

"Of course, Rishabh is young and he will need time to understand," Rohit said. "It's too soon to judge whether he can make those decisions. Plus, the bowlers as well. It's a combination when the captain is not in the right position to make that decision. When you are not in the right position [as a fielder], you have to trust your bowler and the wicket-keeper. Based on that, you have to make that decision, whichever format you play."

Though India could only manage 148, Rohit expressed satisfaction with the batting effort, and rued the missed opportunities on the field instead. "We would have defended 148 if we were smart on the field. A couple of decisions, we did not get it right on the field, and that went against us," he said. "That's where we lacked in decision making.

"It was a good, fighting total, but when you defend such a total, you need to keep taking wickets. But they had good partnerships, and that was the turning point."

 Reflecting further on his team's bowling performance, Rohit said that the younger lot needs to develop their planning and approach while defending low totals in international cricket.

"These are the guys who did not play for a while in this format," he said. "These are bowlers who have been identified as the ones who can do well in this format. They have done reasonably well.

"They still need to understand that when defending smaller targets, they need to bowl according to the plan. They will learn by playing these games. They have the talent and ability to bounce back, but only time will tell if they can do that or not."

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