Cricket

India vs New Zealand: Win didn't come as easy as we expected, says Rohit Sharma

  • Press Trust of India
  • November 18th, 2021
  • 8:22:04 IST

Jaipur: India captain Rohit Sharma on Wednesday admitted that the win against New Zealand in the first T20 International did not come easy in the end but said the players would learn from the experience.

India bungled towards end before recovering in time to fashion a five-wicket win over New Zealand in Rohit's first match as T20I captain.

The home team was cantering to a comfortable win but messed up the chase in the final four overs before Rishabh Pant took India past the target of 165.

"It didn't come as easy as we expected, so great learning for the guys, to understand what needs to be done, not about power-hitting all the time," he said at the post-match presentation.

"As a captain and a team, happy that those guys finished the game off. A good game for us, missing a few players, opportunity to other guys to show their ability."

Skipper Rohit Sharma struck a 36-ball 48 during India's successful chase of the 165-run target. AP

Skipper Rohit Sharma struck a 36-ball 48 during India's successful chase of the 165-run target. AP

Rohit said at one stage it looked like New Zealand would score 180-plus but a "complete bowling performance" did not let it happen.

He also lavished praised on player-of-the match Suryakumar Yadav for his 40-ball 62.

"Sky (Suryakumar) is a very important player for us in the middle, plays spin well," said Rohit who made 48 off 36 balls.

On his dismissal off the bowling of Mumbai Indians team-mate Trent Boult, he said, "Trent Boult knows my weakness, I know his strength. When I am captaining him I always tell him to bluff and that's what he did.

"Happy with the win, first win, always nice."

Suryakumar said he has not been doing anything different.

"I try to bat the same way in the nets and replicate the same in the game. I put a lot of pressure on myself in the nets, if I get out I go into the dressing room and think what better I could have done."

He said the ball was coming on nicely to the bat but the pitch became a bit slow later on.

"I am happy to be on the winning side."

On Boult dropping him, he said, "It's my wife's birthday, a perfect gift from him."

Senior spinner Ravichandran Ashwin said slower balls have more purchase from the pitch.

"It's tricky how much you toss it up, the windows for attacking are less (in T20s). Identifying the right pace took a bit of time for me," he said.

"Important to see the game in isolation, 24 events (balls), the batsman is trying to play catch-up, so execute your plans.

"We thought it was par, par-minus, 170-175 was par, at the halfway mark we thought we would cruise home," said Ashwin who took two wickets for 23 runs.

On Rahul Dravid taking charge for his first international match, Ashwin said, "Too early to comment, we need to give him some breathing space.

"He's done the hard yards in Under-19 and A sides. Nothing to chance, about preparation, leaving nothing to chance, and bringing back the joy."

New Zealand captain Tim Southee said his side started badly with the ball but recovered later to take the match to the last over.

"The way we started with the ball wasn't what we wanted, did well to claw it back in the middle, took it deep and to the last over was a positive," Southee said.

"You want to come out on the right side of close ones, Mark Chapman the way he played was very pleasing, but a game of fine margins."

Southee admitted the sloppy fielding by his side.

"We set higher expectations so a bit off with the field, been very very good at it in the last few matches.

"Tough that we'd used our resources, but Daryl does his scouting and always wants to bowl. We probably didn't leave him enough runs."

Updated Date: November 18, 2021 08:22:04 IST

Find latest and upcoming tech gadgets online on Tech2 Gadgets. Get technology news, gadgets reviews & ratings. Popular gadgets including laptop, tablet and mobile specifications, features, prices, comparison.

also read

Highlights, New Zealand vs Bangladesh, 2nd Test Day 1 at Hagley Oval: Hosts 349/1 at Stumps
First Cricket News

Highlights, New Zealand vs Bangladesh, 2nd Test Day 1 at Hagley Oval: Hosts 349/1 at Stumps

Follow live scores and updates from Day 1 of the 2nd Test between New Zealand and Bangladesh.

New Zealand call off Australia tour over COVID-19 rules
First Cricket News

New Zealand call off Australia tour over COVID-19 rules

Since the tour was arranged, the New Zealand government has changed its rules for entry into the country because of the threat posed by the Omicron variant.

India vs South Africa: Visitors seek to salvage victory in dead rubber with fresh approach
First Cricket News

India vs South Africa: Visitors seek to salvage victory in dead rubber with fresh approach

In two matches, India have been only able to pick up seven wickets — four in the first game when Proteas batted first and only three in the second