KL Rahul, who is serving as the stand-in captain for India, stated on Sunday that the injured Rohit Sharma’s availability for the second Test match against Bangladesh, which will begin on December 22 at Mirpur, will be known in the next day or two.
In the last series, Rohit captained India in two One-Day Internationals. However, he was unable to play in the first Test, which India won on Sunday by a score of 188 runs with Rahul at the helm.
After injuring his left thumb during fielding in the second One-Day International match against Bangladesh at Mirpur on December 7, Rohit had returned to India to for treatment. His position has been filled by Abhimanyu Easwaran after he left.
During the post-game press conference, KL Rahul stated, “About Rohit, we may be able to know (his status) in the next day or two, although I am not aware of it.”
KL Rahul referred to the victory over Bangladesh in the first test match as a “complete performance,” stating that the squad accomplished well in all aspects of the game and played together cohesively.
“Everything stood out in sharp relief. We had a really strong bowling and batting performance. Even in fielding, we were able to make the majority of the catches that were offered to us. That is how you come out on top in a test match. Matches can be won by no more than one or two players, and this holds true across all competition formats “he said.
“Kuldeep (Yadav) and (Mohammed) Siraj bowled exceptionally well during the first innings (of Bangladesh), but others supported them very well as well.
Axar (Patel) bowled quite effectively in the second innings, but Kuldeep and Ash (R Ashwin) kept the pressure on. Siraj and Umesh Yadav both had some really nice stints, kept it tight, and beat the bat many times, but they were unlucky.
“Everyone performed a good job, and this was exactly what we intended to do as a group. The people who performed particularly well received support from the other participants as well.
Those who are lending their support are also very significant.” According to Rahul, the culture of the team prioritises the demands of the group over those of the individuals.
“It makes no difference if you have played 50 test matches or if this is your first or second match; the standards remain the same. They are of little consequence, “he answered.
He stated that the Indian team was able to win the match by bowling Bangladesh out for 150 runs in their first innings.
“Because of this, we had a lot of time to work toward winning the match. In the event that Bangladesh had scored 350 runs in their first innings, the game might have ended in a tie.
“In a game of Test cricket, there is no such thing as an easy victory. We were aware of that, and because we have played a sufficient number of tests, we are aware that there will be occasions when the opponent plays better, and that we need to appreciate that fact. We have to keep doing our job, “Rahul stated.
“I feel a great sense of pride knowing that throughout the course of the five days, we shown commitment and energy. When we were getting ready for the test, there was some concern about how our bodies would react and whether or not we would be able to handle being on the path for such a long time while still keeping our attention and intensity, but we performed very well and ended up winning the first game.”
The wrist spinner Kuldeep is an asset to the team, according to Rahul, especially on wickets that don’t provide much support to the bowlers.
“There was not much (on the wicket) for the spinners and Ash (R Ashwin) also sensed it, but Kuldeep brought a new variety and that is why we played Kuldeep on a pitch like this,” Ashwin said. “Kuldeep brought a different variation and that is why we played Kuldeep on a pitch like this.” He thought it was a little disheartening that they lost the ODI series 1-2.