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'It will be a headache for Virat and selectors' - Rohit praises India's bench strength
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'It will be a headache for Virat and selectors' - Rohit praises India's bench strength

Rohit Sharma has suggested India's national selectors will have a hard time deciding the final squad for the T20 World Cup next year in Australia given the impressive performances by the fringe players.

India rode at the back of a record-breaking spell from Deepak Chahar and a superb half-century from Shreyas Iyer to clinch the third T20I against Bangladesh by a margin of 30 runs.

Rohit, who performed the captaincy duties in the absence of regular skipper Virat Kohli, heaped praise on the youngsters stepping up to make the most of their limited opportunities.

India headed into the T20I series with a number of their experienced players warming the bench including Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami and Hardik Pandya while the injured Jasprit Bumrah is recovering from a stress fracture.

"Until we get close to the World Cup, we got to find the right balance. There are a few guys missing, but they'll come back. Keeping everything in mind, we have few games in mind before we get into that flight to Australia," Rohit said.

Shivam Dube and Washinton Sundar also played key roles in India's march to victory vindicating Rohit's comments on his team's quality bench strength.

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"If we keep performing like we did today, it's going to be a big headache for (regular skipper) Virat (Kohli, who was rested for the series) and the selectors," he added.

Days after bludgeoning a 43-ball 85 in the second T20I, Rohit was dismissed cheaply for two runs off Shaiful Islam as India got off to a timid start.

KL Rahul and Iyer then made hefty contributions to power India to a competitive total of 174-5 before the bowlers throttled Bangladesh's chase despite heavy dew in the field.

"It was the bowlers who won us the game. I know how tough it was in the middle considering the dew factor," Rohit said.

"But this must be one of the best comebacks in this format for India. It was easy for them at one stage, with 70 needed in eight overs. But the boys showed characters, took up the responsibility."

Bangladesh looked well-placed at 110/2 to seal a historic series win over India but Mohammad Naim's dismissal for a whirlwind 49-ball 81 triggered a full-blown collapse that was capped off by Chahar's hat-trick.