Rohit credits team’s effort for success, appreciates players’ application

India captain Rohit Sharma on Friday lauded the application of his players in pressure situations and attributed the team effort to the T20 series win over New Zealand.

India beat New Zealand by seven wickets on Friday to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series. The series-win came just after Super 12’s exit from the T20 World Cup in the UAE.

“Great effort from the whole unit, not the smoothest of conditions, but the way we applied ourselves was great,” Rohit said at the post-match presentation ceremony.

“Under pressure, we know their quality as a batting outfit. I kept telling the bowlers that it’s just one wicket, if we get that, we can apply the brakes.”

Rohit, who took over the T20I captaincy from Virat Kohli, praised the spin duo of Ravichandran Ashwin and Axar Patel and also talked about the team’s bench strength.

“We know the quality of our spinners and can always pull things back. Bench strength, these guys are consistently doing well, so there is pressure on the people on the field.

“It is important for me to give them freedom and external things will be fixed on their own. It’s a young team, a lot of people haven’t played many matches.”

Rohit was full of praise for Harshal Patel, who took 2 for 25 on his T20I debut for India.

“He (Herschl) has done that many times, playing first-class cricket for many years, he knows what he wants to do and is a very skilled bowler.”

New Zealand captain Tim Southee credited India for their brilliant effort under the dew for the T20I series.

“Credit to India, they pulled it back well after the first six and played better cricket throughout the game.

“We knew it was going to be wet, it was wet for both teams. There was dew on the ground when we arrived and we knew it would be a cause, but they were great tonight.”

“We will review, different places, we try to adapt to the circumstances. Quick turnaround but we will assess it when we reach Kolkata.”

Man of the match Patel said that he could not have started his international career better.

“… but it would sink in, I couldn’t have started better than this. Progress is slow and slow, as someone like me who wasn’t exceptionally talented, I had to step my game up from the ground up. So I Made mistakes and then found the process of what works for me.

“It’s been a wonderful journey, it taught me many life lessons, it will keep me in good shape even after cricket,” he said.


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