India vs Sri Lanka, Asian Cup Super 4: Ashwin replaced Bishnoi in India’s playing XI
India takes on Sri Lanka in a crucial Asia Cup Super 4 encounter in Dubai on Tuesday and Rohit Sharma has made a crucial change to the playing XI with seasoned Ravichandran Ashwin replacing young leg spinner Ravi Bishnoi. Ashwin has a great record against left-handers and the Sri Lankans have quite a few left-handers on their team.
It is a must-win encounter for India after losing their match against Pakistan on Sunday. Captain Rohit Sharma lost the toss and had this to say about the decision to take Ashwin into the playing XI.
“By the dew we have to learn the lines, the lengths and the boundaries well. The grass is less tonight. It looks drier and we have one change based on the Sri Lankan team: Ashwin comes in for Bishnoi,” said Rohit .
Rohit said he would have liked to bat first and also said the Asian Cup format will help the team prepare for the T20 World Cup.
“We would have bowled first too. The field doesn’t change much, it just gets better to hit later. We hit pretty well in the last game, came up a little short. It gives us a chance to get out and it to do good.”
“This is how the World Cup is played and we need to get in the mood to put pressure on us. We can’t lose to pay for a lot of games,” said the Indian captain.
Speaking about the loss to Pakistan, Rohit said tight matches like this teach the team a lot.
“It was a tight game, games like this will help us learn a lot more. We need to learn a lot more when you defend a score like that. Another chance to do that and do it well. Same field The grass is a a little less, looks a little drier,” said Rohit Sharma.
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