'Masala chahiye, lekin nahi donga,' Rohit Sharma hilariously stuns reporter when asked on Delhi pollution
Bangladesh broke their jinx versus India in T20Is and earned their first-ever win over the Men in Blue in the format following the series opener of the T20Is at Arun Jaitley Stadium, New Delhi on Sunday evening (November 3). Chasing a moderate 149, Mushfiqur Rahim's 60 not out propelled his side to their maiden T20I win amidst poor air quality witnessed in the national capital prior to the match. Before the encounter, Delhi's degrading air quality hogged maximum limelight and there were even calls for the match's abandonment altogether.
However, the situation improved gradually and the match was conducted smoothly with both sides fighting hard till the last over. Ahead of the fixture, India's stand-in skipper Rohit Sharma was asked to comment on Delhi's weather, adversely affected post the Diwali celebrations. Known for his hitting abilities and immaculate sense of humour in press conferences, the 32-year-old Rohit once again stunned the reporter and stated, "Masala chahiye, lekin dunga nai (you want something spice but I won’t give anything)."
"Masala Chahiye, lekin dunga nai" pic.twitter.com/T4YwGL6lXx— Mubin (@_Mubean__) November 1, 2019
Despite India being in a tough spot for most parts of the first T20I, Rohit remained calm and composed throughout the proceedings. He even gave a hilarious reaction to wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant following his DRS howler from behind the stumps. Post the defeat, the Indian opener remained confident of his side's comeback in the remaining two games.
After being invited to bat, Rohit and Co. struggled to get going post his dismissal and managed 148 for 6 riding on Shikhar Dhawan's 41 and cameos from Krunal Pandya and Washington Sundar. In reply, Bangladesh didn't lose wickets in quick succession and were guided by Rahim's match-winning half-century (60 not out).
Rohit missed out on getting a big score and departed for a 5-ball 9. He, however, surpassed Virat Kohli to become India's highest run-scorer in the shortest format. The experienced campaigner will be eyeing a big score to stage his side's recovery in the three T20Is.