Would have batted 2nd if the series was alive, says Rohit
Indian interim captain Rohit Sharma had the hiccups in the fourth ODI as his side was slumped to a humiliating defeat at the hands of the hosts which also ended Rohit’s 12-match unbeaten run streak. However, Rohit Sharma & Co responded the final match with a 35-run victory, ending the ODI series with 4-1.
Rohit Sharma at the post-match presentation said: “Especially after the Hamilton loss, that was a big loss for us the way we lost there. At the toss, I said we needed to come together as a team and we did that.”
Indian team was in huge collapse after losing 4 wickets scoring just 18 runs and many thought that India would crumble just like the way they lost the plot in 4th ODI. However, Ambati Rayudu and Vijay Shankar made sure to hunker at the crease and put on a 98-run stand for the fifth wicket.
Ambati Rayudu missed out on a well-deserved century by 10 runs while Hardik Pandya’s sensational 22-ball 45 run blitzkrieg was more than enough to power India to go past the 250-run mark.
“Four down, we needed someone to apply, and Rayudu and Vijay Shankar did that. The way Hardik and Kedar played was magnificent. We showed a lot of character. With the ball as well. The wicket got flat at the end, with the dew. At one point it looked like it would be an easy chase. But a lot of people put their hands up and got us through,” the skipper said.
The captain went on to add that he would have batted second if the series was on the line. “I knew there was some moisture in the pitch. If the series was on the line, I would’ve batted second. Wasn’t easy after losing four wickets at the start. Thought 250 was a very good score on that pitch.,” Rohit added.
Yuzvendra Chahal starred with the ball as he managed to pick up 3 wickets to his name while Hardik Pandya and Mohammad Shami picked 2 apiece respectively. “The Bowlers got crucial breakthroughs at critical times. When you want to win games, you’ve got to find the right balance. Coming here and beating NZ at home wasn’t going to be easy. The achievement we’ve had today is a great achievement to have,” the Mumbaikar concluded.