According to the skipper, the choice was between Arshdeep and his senior pace colleague Mohammed Shami.
The 23-year-old left-arm seamer delivered for India in the five-run win over Bangladesh in the T20 World Cup here, and continues his impressive run.
Needing 20 off the last over, Arshdeep showed ice-cold temperament even as Nurul Hasan hit him for a six and a four and bowled some perfect yorker-length deliveries to secure the draw for India.
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“Arshdeep, when he came on the scene, we asked him to do the death over for us. With Bumrah not there, it was a tough task for someone to take up. For a young guy to do that kind of job to come and do is not easy, we have prepared him,” Rohit said at the post-match presentation ceremony.
“He has been doing it for 8-9 months. I had to support someone who was doing it regularly, it was a choice between Shami and Arshdeep.”
After posting 184 for 6, courtesy of Virat Kohli (64 not out off 44) and KL Rahul (50 off 32), Litton Das (60 off 27 balls) took Bangladesh to a run before rain interrupted play.
Needing 151 in 16 overs as per the revised target after the short spell of showers, Bangladesh ended up at 145 for 6.
“I was calm and nervous at the same time, but it was important to stay calm as a group to perform. Short games can go either way, but we kept our nerves well after the game started, it was finally ‘ a good win,” said Rohit.
Talking about Kohli, who had a wonderful tournament not long after enduring a long lean patch, Rohit was full of praise.
“In my mind, Kohli was always there. It was just a matter of a few innings here and there, and he hasn’t looked back since the Asia Cup. The guy has so much experience.”
On Rahul, who returned to form with a 32-ball 50, Rohit said: “The way KL batted too was important for him and the team. We know what kind of player he is at the top of the order .
“Some of the chances we took today were great to watch. When you play in front of a big crowd, it’s not easy. To take those chances, it shows the character of the guys. I have no doubt about our fieldwork capabilities.”
Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan lamented his side’s loss after coming so close again in an ICC tournament against India.
“That’s been the story when we play India against India. We’re almost there but don’t cross the line. It was a great game, the crowd enjoyed it, both teams enjoyed it, in the end somebody has to win and someone has to lose,” Shakib said.
“Litton is batting really well, probably he’s our best batsman going around. We thought we could chase it after that start. Our plan was to get India’s top order quick, that’s why I bowled Taskin (Ahmed), he was our main bowler.
“Unfortunately he couldn’t get wickets today, he was unlucky, but it was a plan to get India’s top order out to dictate the game. We are positive, we wanted to enjoy this World Cup, hopefully we can continue with this,” he added.