150 crore people in India, there's a lot of pressure: Rohit

Marcus Newton
December 25, 2017

The third and last T20 match between India and Sri Lanka will be played on Sunday at the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai.

The task on hand was never going to be too hard against a demoralised Sri Lankan outfit and Rohit, who had to put an end to his poor run of form in T20Is, led from the front as he scored the joint fastest century in T20 internationals to help India post the joint second highest team total of 260 runs on the board. They showed great improvement in the Test series. Yet, he will feel the pressure. "We tried to back ourselves and play to our best when batting, but it didn't go our way", he said. "I don't know when will I captain the side again, so every minute spent on the ground is important for me", said Rohit after India's series win against SL on Friday. With two ODI half centuries to his credit, he'll be determined for yet another good showing.

India opener Rohit, who was dismissed for 118 from his 43rd ball, matched South Africa's David Miller, who scored a 35-ball century against Bangladesh in Potchefstroom in October. Presumably, the Indian think tank will not disturb their wrist spin combination of Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav while pacer Jasprit Bumrah and all-rounder Hardik Pandya could continue to figure in the XI.

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Stand-in skipper Rohit was also full of praise for his young spinners. While India would want to end the year on a high note with a whitewash over the visitors in the shortest format of the game, Lankans would want to play fearlessly and capture at least one win as a face saver before ending a rather disappointing year. Angelo Mathews' fitness continues to be a talking point, but Lanka has more woes in their cup.

Perera, however, conceded that they are still in the learning process.

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