Currently ranked No. 2 in ODIs, India snatched defeat from the jaws of victory in the One-day series opener in Kanpur by succumbing to a close five-run loss against South Africa in a high-scoring affair. Rohit said although India's death bowling and match finishing abilities were a concern, the players are mature enough to make a comeback in the series.

"Things like this can happen but there are no excuses. We want to strive hard as a team. If we want to be the No.1 team we cannot commit these kinds of mistakes. I hope we won't keep repeating the same mistakes, that's what a champion side doesn't do. We all are mature enough to go handle such situations," Rohit, who struck a swashbuckling 150 in India's losing cause in the first ODI," said.

Indian bowlers bled runs at the death, giving away more than 100 runs in the last 10 overs with South Africa ODI skipper AB de Villers going hammer and tongs. Asked Rohit about India's bowling woes, he said Umesh Yadav and Co. need to be smart and proactive against destructive batsmen like De Villiers.

"It's (death bowling) a concern, there is no doubt about it. We cannot run away from that but when you are bowling to a player like De Villiers you need to be extra smart, and be more proactive. It's a concern but all the bowlers are working on it. In the last few games, not only against South Africa but in Bangladesh and Australia as well we made small, small mistakes in the last five overs," he said.

While he himself has been in rollicking form of late, his opening partner Shikhar Dhawan is going through a lean patch, but Rohit feels the left-hander will come good soon. "Shikhar was the highest run getter for us in the World Cup. He was the highest run getter in Bangladesh. A couple of games shouldn't be a worry," Rohit said.

Over the years, Rohit has developed a habit of scoring crucial runs and he said it has been his conscious effort to play big innings all over the world. "It's not just about batting in India. I want to bat as much as possible anywhere not just in India. I want to keep going. Being a top-order batsman it's a big responsibility to bat through the innings and get the team to a winning position. India is home so you know the conditions better than any other place in the world. That's a slight advantage when you play in India," the Mumbai batsman said.

"Whenever you bat you try to make the most out of it. For the past few years it has been my effort to bat for as long as possible anywhere in the world.

"After you get to 100, you tend to relax a little bit and lose your concentration. That's the time you can challenge yourself as a batsman that how long you can continue. That's what I was trying to do, especially on a wicket like Kanpur we knew that it was not going to be easy for a new batsman to come in and start playing shots," Rohit said.

Rohit was also all praise for Ajinkya Rahane, with whom he shared a 149-run stand for the second wicket in Kanpur.

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