Disappointed but positives from NZ tour, says Rohit
(3 matches) Hamilton: India captain Rohit Sharma said his team will return home with lots of positives despite a “disappointing” 1-2 defeat in the three-match T20 series.
India savoured a historic Test and ODI bilateral series win in Australia before recording their biggest ODI series win on New Zealand soil.
A first ever T20 series win would have been an icing on the cake but the hosts held their nerves to pull off a fourrun victory on Sunday.
“Disappointing to not cross the line but we fought well right till the end. 210-odd (213 target) was always going to be tough, but we were in it till the end. They held their nerve and kept hitting their yorkers,” said Rohit at the post-match presentation.
“Still a lot of positives, we started well with the ODIS, wanted to do well here but the boys throughout the tour were excellent, put in a lot of hard work. They will be disappointed tonight but we’ve to learn from the mistakes we made and move ahead.”
Promotion to No. 3 a big surprise: Shankar India all-rounder Vijay Shankar, on Sunday, said being promoted to No. 3 came as a big surprise to him and he returns home from the maiden tour of Australia and New Zealand as a much improved cricketer.
Shankar batted at number three in two of three three T20s against New Zealand, scoring 43 off 28 balls in the final game and 23 in the series opener. He made his ODI debut against Australia at Melbourne and featured in three out of five ODIS and all three T20s against the Black Caps.
“It was a big surprise for me when they asked me to bat at three. That is a big thing. I was focussed on playing the situation. You need to be open anyway if you are playing for a team like India,” said Shankar.
“These (Australia and New Zealand) two series I have learnt a lot. I might not have bowled a lot but I learnt to bowl in different conditions. In batting, just watching seniors like Virat (Kohli), Rohit (Sharma) and (MS) Dhoni, how they go about their job, I learnt a lot.”
India next host Australia for two T20s and five ODIS, starting in Visakhapatnam on February 24.
India’s Vijay Shankar (R) is disappointed while New Zealand’s Mitchell Santner celebrates his wicket in the third T20I in Hamilton on Sunday
Vijay Shankar en route to top-scoring for India in Hamilton on Sunday