Mirpur: India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Thursday said they will have to dish out a ‘big performance’ against Bangladesh in the final of the Asia Cup if they desire to lift the trophy on Sunday. (Asia Cup: Rohit Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar Star in India’s Emphatic Win Over UAE)
“We will have to come up with another big performance in the final. Bangladesh are a good team and they have improved a lot. It should be a good final,” Dhoni said, after India defeat United Arab Emirates by nine wickets on Thursday. (Highlights)
“We need 15 minutes to learn bad habit. But you need maybe fiv to 10 games to develop a good habit. There is always scope for improvement. We will have to be consistent in big games.”
India have now won nine out of the 10 T20 Internationals played this year, a very good track record going into the ICC World T20.
India today made three changes in their playing eleven, bringing in Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Pawan Negi and Harbhajan Singh in place of Ashish Nehra, Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin.
Asked Dhoni why he didn’t tinker with the bating line-up, the skipper said: “I can only promote a few players at a time. Everybody has got enough chances to bat. In the batting order, only (Ajinkya) Rahane was left out. More often this is our batting order. We felt it was important to give games to bowlers who have not played so far.
“It is very important for the guys who played today to keep pushing the selectors and the skipper.”
Man-of-the-match Rohit Sharma, who struck a 28-ball 39 in India’s paltry chase of 82, said he was delighted to have come up with a decent performance with the bat on the bowler-friendly Shere Bangla National Stadium wicket here.
“The wickets here have been challenging, not the easiest. I am glad that we have put up a performance like that. Initially, you have to see the conditions. Once you get a hang of it, you can probably play your shots,” he said.
“Shot selection is very important. You play a lot square of the wicket. It is not easy to play on the up to cover, midwicket.”