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Wanted to give game time to guys keeping bigger picture in mind: Rohit Sharma

NEW DELHI: India captain Rohit Sharma had a broader perspective in mind when he opted to make five changes to the playing XI during their six-run loss to Bangladesh in the final Super Four game of the Asia Cup.
Although the outcome of the match held little significance in the larger context, as India had already secured a spot in the final scheduled for Sunday, it provided an opportunity for newcomers like Tilak Varma and middle-order reserve batsman Suryakumar Yadav to showcase their abilities, but unfortunately, they couldn’t make a strong impression.

“We wanted to give some game time to the guys, keeping the bigger picture in mind. Not compromising on how we wanted to play this game. We wanted to get in some players who are likely to play the World Cup,” Rohit said after the match.
The captain had high praise for Axar Patelwho played a crucial role in extending the game with his impressive innings of 42 runs.
“Axar batted brilliantly, but couldn’t finish. He showed a lot of character. But credit to the Bangladesh bowlers.”

Rohit, who has always been effusive in his praise for Shubman Gill, once again lauded the hundred by the young opener.
“Gill’s hundred was brilliant. He backs his game, he knows exactly how he wants to play. Pretty clear on what he wants to do for the team. Look at his form over the last year (average of 72). He has been pretty solid against the new ball. He works really hard,” the skipper said.

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