Rohit Sharma on India’s last-ball win at Chennai: The Indian captain was contended with the overall performance of the team.
With India winning the third and the last T20I against Windies by 6 wickets, it aided them to register their third three-match T20I series whitewash.
For captain Rohit Sharma, it was India’s 11th T20I win in 12 matches with Sharma as captain. Sharma’s record is best when compared to any captain’s first 12 T20I matches.
Sharma, who failed to contribute significantly with the bat tonight, saw his opening partner in Shikhar Dhawan (92) scoring his career-best T20I score in a ‘Man of the Match performance’. To accompany Dhawan in a 130-run partnership for the third wicket was Rishabh Pant (58), who scored his maiden T20I half-century.
Speaking during the presentation ceremony, Sharma compared this match to an archetype match in the IPL (Indian Premier League) which goes down to the wire. The 31-year old Indian captain also laid emphasis on the team being ‘ruthless’ despite gaining an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series.
“I’ve been part of games like these with Mumbai Indians. Great effort to cross the finish line. We spoke at the start of this game that we wanted to be ruthless. There were chances of us being complacent and tiring up at the ground,” Sharma was quoted as saying during the presentation ceremony.
With India playing without some of their key players, it was commendable on the part of their rookie players to be part of a performance like this. Sharma praised such performances throughout the series, saying that India ‘ticked’ a lot of boxes in the series.
“As a team, there is always a chance of improvement moving forward. Especially handling pressure,” Sharma said. “When bowling there will be times when the batsmen will put you under pressure and it is important to stick to your strengths. These guys will learn that, when they play games like this. They will mature. Overall in the series, we ticked a lot of boxes, especially with fielding,” he further said.
Read some of the latest Twitter reactions on the match below:
Turned out to be quite a match in the end. Top effort to chase a relatively huge total on a slowish pitch….esp without Kohli and Rohit not firing. 3-0. #IndvWI
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) November 11, 2018
— Gaurav Kalra (@gauravkalra75) November 11, 2018
Fantastic match, edge-of-seat climax, and more pertinently, clean sweep for India. Well done @ImRo45 & Co
— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) November 11, 2018
India finishing a chase off the last ball in T20Is:
v Aus, SCG, 2016 – Target 198
v Ban, Colombo, 2018 – Target 167
v WI. Chennai, 2018 – Target 182#IndvWI
— Bharath Seervi (@SeerviBharath) November 11, 2018