Indian skipper Rohit Sharma registered his first T20I series as the full-time skipper after the team defeated New Zealand in the second T20I held at the JSCA Stadium in Ranchi.
New Zealand set a target of 154 on the board on a ground where dew was a huge factor right from the start. The Indian openers, KL Rahul and Rohit, put up another century-run stand before the middle-order finished the pending job.
“Great effort from entire unit, wasn’t the easiest of conditions but the way we applied ourselves was great. Under pressure, we know their quality as a batting outfit. I kept telling the bowlers it’s just about one wicket, if we get that we can put the brakes. We know the quality of our spinners and can always pull things back,” Rohit said at the post-match presentation ceremony.
“Want to make sure we take care of the guys who are playing first” – Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma went on to mention that there are plenty of players on the bench at the moment but the management is trying its best to give everyone an opportunity. However, he also asserted that looking after the established players was the priority.
“The bench strength, these guys have been performing consistently, so there’s pressure on the guys on the field. Important for me to give them freedom and the external things will take care of themselves.”
“It’s a young team, a lot haven’t played a lot of games. [Changes] Haven’t given any thought to it, whatever suits the team moving forward we will try to do that [but] we want to make sure we take care of the guys who are playing first,” Rohit further added.
Rohit also praised Harshal Patel, who had excellent figures of 2/25 in four overs in his debut match.
“He’s done it many times, playing first-class cricket for many years, he knows what he wants to execute and is a very skillful bowler,” Rohit said.
India’s win gives them an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series and the final game will be played on Sunday in Kolkata.