Indian National Cricket team stand-in skipper Rohit Sharma rued poor batting effort behind their staggering loss against New Zealand at Hamilton on January 31 (Thursday).
Meanwhile, Trent Boult backed skipper Kane Williamson’s decision to opt to bowl first after winning the toss. Delivering 10 overs on the trot, Boult went on to pick five wickets that didn’t just draw him level with Richard Hadlee on most five-fers for New Zealand but also briefly left India in danger of folding inside 54 runs, their lowest ever ODI total. However, Hardik Pandya’s three boundaries in an over ensured otherwise, watering down the bowling figures a little for Boult who still finished with five for 21 including four maiden overs.
Five-wicket haul for Boult
India were in turn all-out for 92 runs, their seventh lowest total in ODIs. Collin de Grandhomme also chipped in with timely wickets which ensured that the visitors couldn’t bail themselves out from Trent Boult’s relentless assault from the other end. Five of India’s top six registered single-digit scores in the fourth ODI in Hamilton while Yuzvendra Chahal topped the scoring chart with 18 runs to save some pride for Indian National Cricket team.
New Zealand, however, got off to a flier in their chase to give something back to the Indian National Cricket team. Martin Guptill scored 14 runs from the first three deliveries off the chase before Bhuvneshwar Kumar had him at the backward point region. Since then revamped opener Henry Nicholls and Kane Williamson looked in great touch; however, an untimely strike from Kumar dismissed Kane Williamson. But Nicholls then partnered with Ross Taylor to chase down the target within 15 overs without any further damage.
It was one of our worst performances
Stand-in skipper Rohit Sharma credited the New Zealand bowlers for putting in an amazing effort with the ball. In addition to, he also admitted that it was one of their poor effort with the bat and they need to learn from this. He also noted that they failed to apply and got out after spending time out in the middle.
“One of our worst performances with the bat for a long time. Something we didn’t expect. You got to give credit to the NZ bowlers. It was a magnificent effort. Something to learn for us. At times, you need to apply pressure. We need to blame ourselves for it. Things were looking good at that stage.
It was about applying ourselves. Once you get in, things will start to look easier. We played some bad shots as well. It’s always challenging when the ball is swinging. Having a good run in the limited formats for a number of series,” Rohit Sharma said at the presentation ceremony.
In addition to, he also stated that everybody knows what went wrong and they need to work on it and come back stronger in the next fixture.
“Everyone knows what went wrong. There will be times when it swings and we need to deal with it. When you are playing for your country, you try to give your best. We need to keep ticking the boxes,” Rohit concluded.