Sri Lanka beat India by 7 wickets at Dharamsala    AFP
Sri Lanka beat India by 7 wickets at Dharamsala AFP

India lost to Sri Lanka in Rohit Sharma’s first assignment as captain. Riding on Suranga Lakmal’s magnificent spell of 4 for 13 in 10 overs, Sri Lanka throttled India to 112 all-out at Dharamsala. Although MS Dhoni provided some resistance, bowlers hurled no-balls and conceded easy runs during the defence.

‘It was an eye-opener’

Rohit shed light on India’s performance, saying they won’t get flat tracks every time to pile on runs and that India have to learn to emerge from tough situations. “It is important that we as a team thrive on conditions such as these and come out good. Not every day will we get flat tracks and today was a good learning curve. You need to understand your game and come out of such situations. Today was an eye-opener and we need to regroup and do well.”

‘Dhoni knows what needs to be done’

Dhoni scored over 58 per cent of team’s total. His 65-run knock was the only respite in India’s ordinary performance. Rohit, however, was not surprised by Dhoni’s show of character. “He’s done it for so many years and he knows what exactly needs to be done in such conditions. Someone with him could have made the difference and I am not at all surprised by the way he played. He was the only one battling it out.”

‘Bowlers did whatever they could’

Sri Lanka captain Thisara Perera termed the track as “unplayable”. Rohit, too, agreed, but he was more disappointed with the team’s performance. Just not enough runs on the board but the bowlers came out there and did whatever they could. Had we had 70-80 runs more we could have had a game on our hands. There was something in the pitch even when we were bowling but 113 was just not going to be enough.”