India’s 30-run win over Bangladesh on Sunday was another close contest between the two neighbours. Chasing a 176-run target, Bangladesh had a poor start as they lost two wickets for 12 runs. Despite a solid 98-run partnership between Mohammad Naim and Mohammad Mithun that brought Bangladesh back to the contest, India prevailed to win the series.
One factor that helped was skipper Rohit Sharma’s pep talk, but what did the stand-in skipper say in his chat?
The timing of the chat
Bangladesh looked like they had recovered from losing two wickets, and in the 11th over Sharma called the team into a huddle. The results were almost instant as Deepak Chahar sent Mithun back, and Shivam Dube dismissed the inform Mushfiqur Rahim off the first ball of his over.
Bangladesh lost 8 wickets were lost for just 34 runs as India’s bowlers ran through the batting attack.
Here’s what we know about Sharma’s pep talk.
Shreyas Iyer admitted that India were feeling the pressure when Bangladesh were going strong at 110 for two in the 13th over, chasing 175.
“We were going little lethargic at the start, but once they started going, Rohit recalled all players inside the circle, he gave us a pep talk and after that, all of us got determined to win the match,” he said.
After the match, Sharma said, “At one stage, it was looking easy for Bangladesh when they needed 70-odd of eight overs. I just reminded them this (pointing towards the jersey) is what we are playing for. I can understand when wickets are not falling, it’s hard to pick up. I just had to remind what team they’re playing for, and credit to the bowlers for making this comeback.”
Shivam, who had conceded 23 runs in his first two overs, returned to remove the dangerous Mushfiqur Rahim for a duck and then he produced arguably the delivery of the match to clean up Mohammad Naim (81), who was playing the knock of his career, to diminish Bangladesh’s glimmer of hope.
“Rohit bhai had told me to be ready to bowl all four overs in one of the coming games. So mentally I was ready. Rohit bhai came and said, bindaas daal, kuchh soch mat (Don’t overthink, bowl freely), I’m here to back you. Just bowl to your strength,” said Dube.