Rohit Sharma: There will be changes in our approach in Rajkot

India captain Rohit Sharma hinted at rejigging the pace combination for the second T20 International against Bangladesh while defending the batting line-up.

India captain Rohit Sharma hinted at rejigging the pace combination for the second T20 International against Bangladesh.   -  VIJAY SONEJI

India may have lost four of its last five T20 internationals at home, but Rohit Sharma is not unduly concerned about the team's performances in the shortest format. "You need to understand that this is a format where we are trying a lot of players," he said ahead of the second T20I against Bangladesh at the SCA Stadium.

"Probably that is one of the reasons [for the losses] because in the other formats we have our entire squad playing the game — you get what you want from that particular squad. But this is a format where you can try [new players] and there is no harm in doing that. We want to try a lot of players, to get them ready for the other formats also. We want our bench strength to be as strong as possible. But that does not mean that we have to not win matches. We have to win — that is the priority. But these guys will learn from it."

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There was no pressure on specific individuals to perform, Rohit insisted. "Pressure is just on the team to perform, and not on a particular department," he said. "We lost as a team, not as individuals. Collectively, all of us need to come together. The batsmen need to get the job done, the bowlers need to come out and take those crucial wickets."

India's approach to batting and bowling would be different in the second T20I, Rohit stated. "We saw that conditions were not ideal (in Delhi)," he said. "We all love to play shots, but shot-making was not that easy. But if the pitch here is good, our approach will be different as well, to both bowling and batting. Rajkot has always been a good track to bat and it does offer some assistance to the bowlers also. It will be a good pitch. I'm pretty sure it will be better than what you saw in Delhi."

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