Dis­ap­pointed but pos­i­tives from NZ tour, says Ro­hit

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(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.

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In­dia’s Vi­jay Shankar (R) is dis­ap­pointed while New Zealand’s Mitchell Sant­ner cel­e­brates his wicket in the third T20I in Hamil­ton on Sun­day

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Vi­jay Shankar en route to top-scor­ing for In­dia in Hamil­ton on Sun­day

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