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29 Jul 2022 | 08:00 PM

India's aggressive style might not pay off always, says Rohit

India took a 1-0 lead in the T20I series against West Indies with a 68-run win in the first match on Friday

India captain Rohit Sharma felt that its important for the team to be okay with few losses where their aggressive style does not pay off. That was not the case on Friday though, as India notched up a superb 68-run win over West Indies in the first T20I at the Brian Lara Cricket Stadium at Tarouba.

Rohit, who was rested for the ODI series, marked his return with a fluent 64 off 44 balls while Dinesh Karthik explosive 41 not out off 19 balls propelled India to 190/6 in 20 overs.

"We want to try certain things when we bat in the first six overs, when we bat in the middle overs and how we finish off the games. There are three facets which we want to improve and see how we can get the better of each player," Rohit said in the post-match presentation.

"Today we did it. There is no guarantee that it can happen every game but we have got to try and back those ideas of trying to go out there and trying to execute certain skills with the bat. And, while doing that, you will have some od"d failures, but we are okay with that," he added.

Speaking about the pitch, Rohit said it was tough to bat on which needed one of the batters to play the anchor role.

"The nature of the pitch, we knew was slightly going to be tough. The shot making was not easy at the start. At the same time, we do understand that the guys who are set need to carry on as long as possible," he said.

"I really thought this wasn't the pitch where you could get 170-180 when we were batting in the first half of the innings. But we hung in there, backed our skills and got more than a par score."

Defending a big total, West Indies were undone by India's spin trio of Ravichandran Ashwin (2-22), Ravi Bishnoi (2-26) and Ravindra Jadeja (1-26) as they managed only 122/8 in 20 overs.

"190 was always going to be challenging. We got a good start but the batters did not carry on. We lost wickets everytime we had some momentum and that cost us," Windies captain Nicholas Pooran said.

The keeper-batter felt that the team had let down the crowd, who came to see the first ever T20I being played at the Brian Lara Stadium.

"The crowd here has been absolutely amazing and we have disappointed them. The players have been feeling very hurt but this is the first game of the T20 series and we will look to bounce back," Pooran said.

India and West Indies will face off in the second T20I at Warner Park, Basseterre on Monday.

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