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Bangladesh can beat any team: Rohit Sharma

Rohit believes despite the absence of big guns like Shakib, Tamim Bangladesh can put them under pressure.



Bangladesh can beat any team: Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma talks in pre-match press briefing. Photo: ANI

Ahead of the first of three-match T20I series against Bangladesh, India’s stand-in skipper Rohit Sharma acknowledged opposition’s strength saying the touring side possess the ability to beat any side.

Rohit believes despite the absence of big guns like Shakib Al Hasan, Tamim Iqbal and Mashrafe bin Mortaza, Bangladesh can put them under pressure.

“I know they have two key players missing from their squad, but they still have quality within their ranks and they can beat anyone,” Sharma told reporters in the pre-match conference.

“Bangladesh is a very very good team. We have seen how well they compete now. Both home and away, they are a commendable outfit. They have always put us under pressure, we do not look at them differently,”

he added.

The 32-year-old opening batsman backed the decision of including many youngsters in the T20I side.

He said, “When you come into the team as a young player, you are only trying to learn things. With a few ups and downs in my career, I have become a stronger player. I have understood what different types of situation demand. It has been a fruitful journey so far. There are many crucial knocks that I have played in my career so far. I will cherish all the innings that I have played.”

Rohit who captained India to Asia Cup victory last year noted about the wicket-keeping options that they will stick to Rishabh Pant to stand behind the wicket instead of having Sanju Samson returning to the side after four long years.

“We have stuck with Rishabh Pant all this while and this is the format he embraces more. This is the format that gave him a lot of attention and where he excelled. We have to stick with him for a while and see how he performs because we have seen how well he can take the game forward on his day,” he said.

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