India experienced a dream warm-up fixture in the clinical 95-run win against Bangladesh at the Sophia Gardens in Cardiff on Tuesday. The biggest positive for the Indian team management was surely the performance of KL Rahul at the much-debated number four slot. The right-hander racked up a fantastic knock of 108 runs and countered the Bangladeshi fast bowlers as well as the spinners very well during the 164-run partnership along with MS Dhoni, who too scored a fabulous hundred.
After losing the toss and being asked to bat first, the Virat Kohli-led team posted a massive first innings total on the back of fabulous centuries from the pair of KL Rahul (108) and MS Dhoni (113). In the second innings, the wrist-spin duo comprising of Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal bowled extremely well to restrict the Bangladeshi batsmen and in turn propelled India to an exciting win.
After the match, Indian skipper Virat Kohli heaped praises on KL Rahul and mentioned that the way he batted at number four was the biggest positive. Kohli stated that it is very important for Rahul to get runs as he is such a class player.
“The biggest positive from today was the way KL (Rahul) batted at No. 4, everyone else knows their roles. It is important that he gets the runs and he is such a class player,” said Virat Kohli during the post-match presentation.
Kohli also made special mentions of MS Dhoni and Hardik Pandya for their brilliant performance that pushed India’s total to daunting 359. “MS Dhoni and Hardik were superb as well,” he mentioned.
We were challenged by their batsmen as well
In the run-chase, the Bangladeshi batsmen duo of Litton Das (73) and Mushfiqur Rahim (90) batted very well to keep their team in the hunt. Kohli noted that the Bangladeshi batters also challenged the Indian bowlers. He mentioned that his bowlers probably bowled well and the spinners picked up wickets as well.
“We were challenged by their batsmen as well, but we bowled well and our spinners got wickets too. Jasprit Bumrah got us the breakthrough and Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav got us six wickets,” Kohli added.
They become stars in ICC events
While talking about Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan’s poor run in the warm-up fixtures, Kohli said, “We have had two good challenges in the two games while batting first. Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma are quality players, they become stars in ICC events. I understand if guys don’t get going rightaway in this format, but I am glad with what we got out of these two games.”
“The last 15 overs could be challenging on the field, especially when the game is not interesting and you have to go through the motions. But once the tournament starts nobody would find all these things long, which is what you expect from a world class tournament like the World Cup,” the Indian captain concluded.