Stand-in skipper Rohit Sharma said that India would not be taking Bangladesh lightly when the two sides meet in their first of the three T20Is at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in New Delhi today.
“Bangladesh are a very good team. All these years, we have seen how well they have performed, not just at home but away also whenever they have gone out. Especially against us, they have always put us under pressure. So, there’s no way we look this team differently,” Rohit told reporters in New Delhi yesterday.
Bangladesh will be missing two of their stalwarts -- all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan and opener Tamim Iqbal on their first ever multi-format tour against India in their own backyard. However, Rohit was aware of the fact and said Bangladesh were still a side that had the ability to beat any team on their day.
“I understand there are two key players missing [Shakib and Tamim], but they still have the quality in their squad which can upset any team on that particular day. I wouldn’t say ‘upset’ but I would say ‘beat’. They are very mature cricketers now as all these players have played for a long time,” Rohit added.
Rohit, who will be leading the Indian side in absence of regular captain Virat Kohli -- who has been rested for the T20I series -- said that he would be looking to carry the team forward from where Virat had left it.
“My job as a captain is very simple - I just want to take the team forward from where Virat has left the team. What I have done with the limited opportunities that I have got is to maintain what Virat has done. I am just trying to carry that forward,” Rohit concluded.