Rohit Sharma labels 4-1 series win vs New Zealand: The legendary former Indian cricketers celebrated India’s series victory.
Building from strength to strength ahead of ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, the Indian cricket team has added another major achievement in its bag. Having won an ODI series only in New Zealand before, the current team demolished the Kiwis 4-1 on this tour.
Barring their shambolic performance in the fourth ODI at Hamilton, the Indians were exceptional throughout the series, putting their best foot forward when it mattered the most.
India will be very pleased with this win. Shankar and Kedar as 5th bowlers bowled 11 overs for just 53, and that was very crucial in the context of the match. Great 4-1 series win #NZvInd pic.twitter.com/HUbSeY8gbU
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) February 3, 2019
The latest example of the same happened today when veteran India wicket-keeper batsman Mahendra Singh Dhoni ran-out New Zealand all-rounder James Neesham with a brilliant effort. Given how Neesham was racing towards the target and the bowlers unable to restrict him, Dhoni took the mantle on himself to get rid of the southpaw.
Having won the ODI series against Australia 2-1 last month, India carried forward the momentum in the best possible manner. In the eight matches which they have played this year, winning six out of them calls for idle preparation for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.
Fantastic win from India. This one will really please the team a lot & I just loved the intensity with which they bowled today ,despite having already won the series. Great contributions from the middle order with the bat and some excellent bowling by each of the bowlers #NZvIND
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) February 3, 2019
One of the major highlights of the series for India was middle-order batsman Ambati Rayudu. Scoring a match-winning half-century today earned him the ‘Man of the Match’ award. Having scored 190 runs in five matches at an average of 63.33 and a strike rate of 82.25, Rayudu finished the series as its highest run-scorer.
In the bowling department, fast bowler Mohammad Shami stepped up on the occasion to win the ‘Man of the Series’ award. In four outings, Shami dismissed nine batsmen at an average of 15.33, an economy rate of 4.75 and a strike rate of 19.3.
India’s comprehensive performance saw them receiving approbation from veteran off-spinner Harbhajan Singh and former India opening batsman Virender Sehwag. Read their tweets below:
Great to win this game after being 18-4, great contributions from the middle, lower order today and really loved the way @ImRo45 used these combination of bowlers. Congratulations @BCCI #NZvInd pic.twitter.com/FXR6tDSzLt
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) February 3, 2019
Fantastic top top victory this is by our boys in blue in New Zealand 4-1 💥… congratulations @BCCI 💪
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) February 3, 2019