After blanking New Zealand within the ODI sequence by 3-0, Team India captain Rohit Sharma praised Shardul Thakur, who took essential wickets of tourists to ease some strain from the crew, and mentioned teammates name him a ‘magician’ within the squad as he makes telling contributions with ball and bat actually each time he’s known as to take action. Centuries from openers Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill, adopted by three-wicket hauls from Shardul Thakur and Kuldeep Yadav, helped India defeat New Zealand by 90 runs within the third and last ODI of the sequence on the Holkar Cricket Stadium in Indore on Tuesday.
“We bowled pretty well, stuck to our plans and held our nerve. Shardul has been doing it for a while. Teammates call him a magician and he came and delivered yet again. He just needs to get more games under his belt,” Rohit mentioned on the post-match presentation.
India gained the primary ODI, a high-scoring thriller at Hyderabad by 12 runs, whereas their seamers helped them to an eight-wicket win at Raipur within the second recreation.
“I thought in the last six games we played, we did most parts right and that is the key in 50-over games. We were consistent too. Without Siraj and Shami I knew we wanted to give chances to people on the bench. We wanted to get Chahal and Umran in the mix. We wanted to see how they react under pressure. I know we had the runs on the board, but I don’t think any score is safe here,” the India captain added.
Praising Kuldeep Yadav, Rohit mentioned, “Every time I have given Kuldeep the ball, he has given us crucial breakthroughs. Wrist spinners tend to get better with game time.”
Shubman continued his purple patch as he struck the second century of his profession and the second of the sequence, on the prime of the innings. He smashed 112 runs in simply 78 balls. His knock was studded with 13 fours and 5 sixes. He scored at a strike price of 143.58 and the inning on Tuesday took his mixture for the sequence to 360 runs.
He was adjudged the ‘Player of the Series’ for his sensational exploits with the willow, which included a maiden double hundred within the first match.
“Gill’s approach is quite similar in every game. He doesn’t carry any emotional baggage from his previous innings and wants to start afresh every game. For a youngster still finding his feet in international cricket, it is a great attitude to have. He could have taken things lightly but he is cut from a different cloth,” Rohit added.
Indian skipper, too, smashed his first ODI century since January 2020, within the course of changing into the third-highest six-hitter within the historical past of ODI cricket. Rohit mentioned whille century meant quite a bit to him, he knew he had been batting properly and it was solely about “going that extra mile”.
“Today’s hundred means a lot to me. I’ve been batting well, so it was just about going that extra mile. The pitch was good today. Honestly, we don’t talk much about the rankings. Our dressing room discussions are mainly around doing the right things on the field. Australia are a quality team and things won’t be easy for us but I am pretty sure we will be up for it (Border-Gavaskar Trophy),” mentioned the India skipper.
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