Shami’s last over got us the win, not my 2 sixes: Rohit Sharma
India’s limited-overs vice-captain Rohit Sharma stole the spotlight during the third T20I match against New Zealand at Seddon Park in Hamilton. When ten runs were required off the last two balls, Rohit hit two consecutive sixes in the super over off Tim Southee’s bowling and helped India get over the finishing line.
This victory means a lot to India as this is the first time that they have won a T20I series in New Zealand. Rohit Sharma was named the man of the match for his blistering knock of 65. However, Rohit refused to take credit for India’s sensational win as he credited Mohammed Shami for the epic victory.
The 29-year-old veteran pacer Mohammed Shami took the wickets of experienced New Zealand batsmen namely- Kane Williamson (95) and Ross Taylor (17), while defending only 9 runs in his final over. Shami held his nerves quite well and got the better of two key batsmen in crunch situation of the game.
“I think Mohammed Shami’s last over was crucial, and actually that got us the victory. Not my two sixes. It was Shami’s over where we defended nine runs. It’s not easy with the dew,” Rohit Sharma said at the post-match press conference.
“The wicket settling in nicely and two set batsmen out there as well. One batsman was batting on 95, and their most experienced player was at the other end. Hats off to Shami to bowl that over and get us back into the game and into the Super Over.”
Had it not been for Shami’s last over brilliance then New Zealand would have won the match. New Zealand scored 17 runs in the super over on the back of Martin Guptill and Williamson off Jasprit Bumrah’s bowling.
KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma faced the music against Black Caps pacer Tim Southee. Rohit Sharma’s two maximums helped India seal the nail-biting thriller.