India beat New Zealand by 73 points in the third T20I, sealing the series 3-0
Calcutta: Rohit Sharma beat in style and led with panache to write an almost perfect story about his full-time debut as captain as India handed T20 World Cup finalist New Zealand the ignominy of ‘a 3-0 series loss following a 73-point win in the third T20 International here on Sunday.
The Indian skipper first made a statement scoring 56 of 31 balls in India’s 184 for 7, then made some impeccable captain calls which saw New Zealand surrender for a paltry 111 races in 17 , 2 overs.
It was a second straight bilateral T20I series triumph with a clean sweep for India after beating the Black Caps 5-0 in their own lair in 2020.
Axar Patel (3/9) played with precision and also got a turn as his three wickets in Powerplay literally ended New Zealand’s resistance and the rest was just a formality.
The New Zealand side looked tired after a grueling T20 World Cup campaign and the result won’t faithfully reflect the team’s abilities as they went through the moves for most of the three games.
For India, which was aiming to reset the button, winning the series will certainly give them some hints for the future.
For Rohit and head coach Rahul Dravid, this series was all about checking what kind of ammo they have in the future.
The return to form of Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Ravichandran Ashwin in white ball cricket bodes well as nothing can replace experience.
Venkatesh Iyer has shown potential and needs to be persevered. He has been playing regularly and needs more playing time to become a mid-order enforcer after being a top-notch player.
Harshal Patel is a welcome addition with his sincere efforts, but the middle order is still a bit uncertain as he hasn’t lived up to expectations in any of the games.
A few like Ruturaj Gaikwad and Avesh Khan haven’t been tested, but the skipper will surely use all of his options in the future.
But what he has shown like his predecessor Virat Kohli is his ability to speak with performances that his friends will admire.
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Rohit’s imperious form was on full display as he posed the platform for a higher than normal score.
In his attempt to test the team’s character by hitting first, the skipper led the way with five fours and three sixes in his sublime stroke but despite a lightning start, the Indians stuttered down the middle before Harshal Patel (18 on 11 balls) and Deepak Chahar (21 not on 8 balls) used his long grips which recovered 50 points in the last five overs.
Ishan Kishan (29 of 21 balls), Shreyas Iyer (25 of 20 balls) and Venkatesh (20 of 15 balls) all started but couldn’t convert it to a big score.
Having secured two flashy back-to-back limits from Trent Boult’s very first, there was no turning back for Rohit.
There was no preferential treatment as all fast bowlers were treated with the same disdain as he and Kishan made full use of the Powerplay overs, which yielded 69 points.
Rohit pulled Boult behind the square for his first six and hit Adam Milne (0/47 in 4 overs) over long for the second maximum and Lockie Ferguson’s third was another pull behind the square in the stand under the table. giant electronic board.
After the Powerplay, substitute captain Mitchell Santner (4-0-27-3) managed to turn things back as Kishan placed an arm in the goalkeeper’s gloves while Suryakumar Yadav (0) played a loose shot at a delivery in the air giving an easy grip to the cover, to the chagrin of its skipper.
Rohit’s frustration escalated when Rishabh Pant made an ugly hoick to give Santner his third wicket in his second.
But Rohit didn’t let the fall of the wicket bog him down as he got his fifty with a deliberate cut through the vacant area of his counterpart’s third man.
His scoring streak in the last six T20 Internationals is 74, 30, 56, 48, 55 and 56 and the captain hasn’t changed his style of play at all.
It took a brilliant reflex for Ish Sodhi’s one hand to push Rohit aside. Sodhi tried to throw away from Rohit’s reach but gave enough air, prompting him to give the charge without reaching the height of the delivery.