Rohit also pointed to the fact that Pant was asked to respect the conditions and situation of the game and the batter improved with his game plans.
The stocky southpaw with his punchy stick in both sets, headlined the second Test against Sri Lanka in favor of India.
His quick shot of 39 in the first set and record fifty in the second set were crucial in subduing the Lankan offense. He was declared man of the series.
“We know how he hits and as a team we just want to give him that freedom to hit the way he wants to hit. But also keeping in mind certain situations in the game, where the game is going, we We’ve passed that on for him, but we want to stick to his game plan as a team,” Rohit said in the post-match press conference.
“It just seems to get better and better, his game plans. There will be times when you rack your brains and say ‘why did he play that move’, but again, we have to be willing to accept that with him when he bats.”
Rohit said the fact that his impact on a game is instantaneous, they are ready to let him beat if he wants to.
“He’s someone who can literally change the game in half an hour or 40 minutes of play. I think what comes with Rishabh Pant, we’re ready to accept that,” he said.
Pants outfit and entry for DRS call
Praising his improved skills behind the wicket, Rohit said his most important factor in this series was his outfit.
“His guard was the best I’ve seen. He guarded well when England came last year and he seems to improve every time he keeps wickets for India, so that’s something that really impressed me.
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“And also the calls from DRS, (he) seems to be making the right calls. DRS we all know is like a lottery. There are certain aspects of the game that I told him to look at and that’s to pretty much anything. DRS calls aren’t something you’ll always get right, there will be times when you make bad calls, but that’s absolutely no big deal.”
Rohit said that since he hadn’t captained the red ball much, it was important for him to lead the tests. It was his first series after Virat Kohli left the leading role.
“There are a few senior members in the squad who understand the game well and have contributed as well. I have my reading of the game as well. But ultimately you work on instinct and my philosophy as captain is to take a appeal on this point. what you think is fair, bearing in mind the direction the game is going. I try to analyze these things on the pitch,” he said.
Jasprit Bumrah performance
Bumrah troubled the Lankan hitters even on a dry pitch that was tailor-made for spinners. He took five wickets on the first run and three on the second down.
Rohit said the performance of the stimulator was magnificent beyond doubt.
“To go out and play like that in these kinds of conditions shows how much skill and ability he has. Someone like Bumrah, he’s never out of the game, no matter what the conditions,” said the captain.
“To bowl on certain courts you need certain skills. And he seems to bring those skills into the game depending on the kind of assistance he gets from the court.
“At Mohali we saw a different kind of pitch and it was still effective. It was a different kind of pitch. It was spinning and bouncing and everything was going for the spinners.”
Not many home games for Bumrah
Bumrah has played extensively abroad in test format and Rohit said it was imperative to keep bowlers fresh and ready.
“Bearing everything in mind, the workload, we have to rotate these guys. They play continuously and we have to take care of them. So he missed a lot of games.
“In the coming years you will see a lot of Bumrah playing Tests in India and abroad as well. But like I said we have to look after these guys very well, make sure they are fresh for let them go out and run it like these guys did here. We want to keep them fresh all the time. That’s the challenge for us.
Team India’s long-term goal
Rohit said the long-term goal is to reach the WTC Finals.
“But, honestly, we can’t look that far because it doesn’t work that way. We have to look in the present, make sure there are a few steps to climb to get to that place. For us to achieve those small goals is very important. .
“After losing the series in South Africa, it was essential for us to make an impact and get those crucial points for us.
“We were missing two of our experienced hitters (Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane) but Hanuma Vihari, hitting at a new position, was a challenge.
“And Iyer batting at six was going to be another challenge, but he showed a lot of maturity in the way he played those tough wickets. We pretty much achieved everything we wanted as a team, the boxes were ticked .”
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