Rohit Sharma plays down concerns around Indian team after successive losses at Asia Cup – T20 World Cup

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Rohit Sharma believes the Indian team have a settled combination heading into the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 despite successive defeats in the Super Four of the Asia Cup.
India succumbed to a six-wicket defeat against Sri Lanka in the Super Four of the Asia Cup, following their loss against Pakistan. With the loss, an exit looms large for India in the tournament, with them needing multiple scenarios to play out in their favour to qualify for the final. 
India failed to get off to a good start in the Powerplay with the bat, losing both KL Rahul and Virat Kohli early. Batting during the tournament has been an area of concern, with the team failing to get off to good starts, while also being unable to close out the end of the innings. 
On India’s batting, Rohit said in the post-match press conference, “We didn’t score as many runs as we wanted to in the first six overs because we lost wickets. We should have capitalised better from the momentum we got after that.
“We couldn’t close the game properly with the bat. We had spoken about this in the team meeting.. about how nicely we have dealt with in close matches. These things happen. We were 10 or 12 runs short but we still had a good score.”
Rohit also addressed Dinesh Karthik’s exclusion from the squad, claiming him missing out from the XI was down to the balance in the middle order. Karthik has done well in his role as the finisher recently, and his exclusion has come as a surprise to many. Rishabh Pant has been backed over the veteran but has failed to dazzle so far, only scoring 31 runs in three matches. 
On picking Pant over Karthik, Rohit said, “Very simple, we just wanted a left-hander to bat in the middle, that’s why is out. He is not out because of any form or anything, we wanted a left-hander to bat in the middle and take the pressure off of some of our batsmen who are batting with that left-hander.”
Rohit also believes that he has a settled combination heading into the T20 World Cup in Australia and isn’t worried after back-to-back defeats. “We are not worried after losing two matches back to back. We have won so many matches after the 2021 T20 World Cup.
“We are 90 per cent settled, only a few changes will happen. We don’t have any shortcomings. There is quality in the team. There is more pressure in multi-nation series as compared to bilateral series. We have discussed this. it’s unfortunate that we couldn’t get past the group stages of the T20 World Cup and now we lost two matches in the Asia Cup Super Four,” Rohit stated about the setup of his side heading into the showpiece event in Australia. 
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With the culmination of the Super 12 phase on a frantic Sunday that witnessed a dramatic upset, the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 has its two semi-final fixtures on the calendar.


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