India captain Rohit Sharma said his team will return home with lots of positives despite a “disappointing” 1-2 defeat in the threematch 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 the icing on the cake but the hosts held their nerve to pull off a thrilling four-run victory yesterday. “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 have to learn from our mistakes.” India next host Australia for two T20s and five ODIs, beginning in Vizag on Feb 24.
NZ captain Kane Williamson said his team will take a lot of confidence from the T20 triumph against India into the home series against Bangladesh. “Brilliant high-scoring game, a great advertisement for T20 cricket. The first performance was our best, there
‘It was a brilliant, high-scoring game. Both teams put in a strong performance tonight. We did slightly better’ NZ skipper Kane Williamson