Dharamshala (Himachal Pradesh) [India], December 10 (ANI): Rohit Sharma rued India's batting performance in their massive seven-wicket loss to Sri Lanka in the first ODI of the three-match series at Dharamshala.
Indian batsmen came a cropper under pace-friendly conditions. Rohit agreed that the batting let the team down on a seamer-friendly wicket.
Speaking at a press conference, Rohit said: "We were not up to the mark with the bat. 70-80 runs more and it would have been a different ball game. It is important to thrive in these conditions and come out good. It is an eye opener for all of us."
M.S Dhoni was the lone Indian batsman who was up to the challenge, hitting a gritty 65.
Rohit said that he was not surprised by Dhoni's effort.
"He knows what to do in these conditions. I was not surprised. Someone batting with him would have made a big difference. There was still something in the pitch when we were bowling, but 112 was not enough runs on the board", added Rohit.
Asked about his ODI captaincy debut in the absence of Virat Kohli, Rohit said: "Not such a great experience. Nobody likes to be on the losing side. We have to focus on the coming back in two games and come as hard as possible", said Rohit.