Captain of Team India Rohit is 'proud' of winning with an inexperienced squad but wants more from batters

Team India drew level in the five-match series with a 107-run win over England in Visakhapatnam, but the batting performance remains an area of concern. Youngster Yashasvi Jaiswal scored a double-century in the first inning, and Shubman Gill hit a hundred under pressure in the second, but no other batter could get a big score.

Rohit said at the post-match presentation, "The wicket was really good to bat on. That's where, if I have to point anything out, a lot of the batters got the start but didn't convert into a big score, and that's something that we really need to look into."

"But, again, having said that, I do understand they're very young, and they're very new to this form of the game. So obviously, it will take some time for us. It's important from our side to give them confidence, and this win, obviously, will give them a lot of confidence. Tell them just to go out there and play freely."

He said, "Very, very proud of such a young squad in terms of the Test matches that they've played. To come up against a team like that, who won the first Test match, and then to come out and play like that for us, it's very, very positive.”

"Like I said, a lot of the guys are quite young in terms of playing this form of the game for us. So it'll take some time, obviously, to be absolutely spot on, but you've got to give it to them. They need a little more time and a little more freedom as well. And that is something that we are constantly talking about in the changing room: We want these guys to have some time in the middle, go and play freely without any pressure."



Feb 5, 2024 10:50 AM