IND vs BAN Test: We had full trust in our batters – India skipper KL Rahul

KL Rahul in action
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India defeated Bangladesh in the 2nd Test by three wickets and recorded a clean sweep in the series. Skipper KL Rahul on Sunday said his batting unit was confident of getting the job done despite losing seven wickets while chasing 145 runs on day four.

Resuming the day at 45/4, India lost three quick wickets as Ravichandran Ashwin (42 not out) and Shreyas Iyer (29 not out) shared an unbeaten 71-run stand for the eighth wicket to lead India from three ends and both to squeeze -2-0 game.

“You trust the guys in the middle. There is always belief, but there were nerves, we are human. But we trusted the batsmen,” Rahul said.

“Today, Ashwin and Shreyas did it with ease and style. They did well to give India the win. We never thought it was going to be a cakewalk, we thought we had to grind and work hard to get runs. It was tougher with the new ball. The wicket than we would have liked. we’ve lost more. We’ve made mistakes but we’ll look to learn and hopefully perform better if a similar situation arises in the future. Happy with the depth of the bowling over the last 6-7 years,” he added.

Rahul, who led India in the series in the absence of injured Rohit Sharma, praised the team’s bowling unit.

“The series win says a lot about how well we’ve adapted our pace attack. Ashwin and Axar (Patel) have also done well. Umesh (Yadav) put his hands up, and Jaydev (Unadkat) came in for a long time but he bowled really well and he probably deserved more wickets than he got. But the pressure helped Ashwin and Axar capitalize,” he said.

Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan felt that he could have changed the outcome of the match. He, however, gave full credit to Iyer and Ashwin for their stout effort with the bat.

“Everybody contributed, we have played well in this hall. Shreyas and Ashwin bowled well under pressure. We needed one more wicket. We can think many times but happy with the way we batted,” he said.

“It was unfortunate that I couldn’t throw well in the first test, but I’m happy to have done well here. I’m happy with the mindset of the team. Hopefully, we’ll get better results next year.”

Man of the match Ashwin, who picked up six wickets and made 42 not out in India’s second innings, said he trusted his defense as he walked out together on Sunday.

“I thought Bangladesh played very well. The game should have been won the hard way. In these situations, sometimes you feel you have to go your own way. They bowled well. But we had to trust our defense. I wanted to come in and support Shreyas. The pitches were good. even if they’re a little slow.”

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