Srinagar: Former India cricketer Mohammad Kaif has said that India need runs from its skipper Rohit Sharma who has been struggling lately.
In the first ODI at Dhaka, hosts Bangladesh beat India by one wicket.
The former Indian cricketer Mohammad Kaif has urged batting icons Rohit and Virat Kohli to make amends in the series decider between India and Bangladesh on Wednesday.
“You have to bat well. We are talking a lot about the bowling, they batted badly. We lost the match because of batting. We need runs from Virat Kohli. We need runs from Rohit Sharma the captain. Rohit Sharma has not been in form as a captain, he has not been able to score regularly,” Kaif told Sony Sports after Bangladesh registered a memorable win over India in the 1st ODI.
“If they make changes, there will be commotion. If you played any young player, Kuldeep Sen should play all three matches. If you have backed someone and you change that decision because you lost the match, I believe you are not a good captain or coach,” Kaif said.
Sen bowled five overs and leaked 37 runs against Bangladesh in the 1st ODI. The Indian pacer also dismissed Afif Hossain and Ebadot Hossain in the series opener at the Shere Bangla National Stadium. Rohit-led Team India will meet Bangladesh in the 2nd ODI at the same venue on Wednesday.
“Kuldeep Sen was given the cap, it was not his mistake, but the cap is being distributed a lot. He picked up two wickets but proved a little expensive. Overall I will want you to play him. He has pace, he couldn’t bowl well under pressure today but you have to back him,” Kaif added.