IND vs WI: Got everything we wanted from West Indies series, good sign moving forward as group, says Rohit Sharma
IND vs WI: India captain Rohit Sharma said that his team got all they wanted from the series against the West Indies.
India thrashed West Indies by runs in the third and final T20I at Eden Gardens on Sunday, with to Suryakumar Yadav’s 65-run knock and a spirited bowling performance. Harshal Patel finished with three wickets, while Venkatesh Iyer took two.
“The team that used to chase, there are not many people from that squad. We wanted to bat first and chase as well in this series. Because our middle order is fairly new. Happy with the series. Pretty much got everything we wanted. We do understand we are very young as a team. We are still a good chasing side, but a lot of the players are missing. It was pleasing to see guys bailing the team out from situations,” Rohit told host broadcaster Star Sports at the post-match presentation.
“Good sign moving forward as a group and something to be proud of. The biggest takeaway in the ODIs was the middle order making it count. I was impressed with our seam bowling in ODIs. And even here. Harshal is new. Avesh is on debut. Shardul is in and out. So we wanted to see how the guys react and it was a good challenge to defend in both games against a quality West Indies team,” he added.
Suryakumar Yadav (65) and Venkatesh Iyer (35*) led India’s batsmen to a total of 184/5 in the allocated twenty overs. The hosts added 86 more runs to their tally in the final five overs, pushing the total above 180 runs. For the fifth wicket, Iyer and Suryakumar Yadav put on a 91-run stand.
With this victory, India won the three-match T20I series 3-0. The Men in Blue had previously defeated West Indies 3-0 in the ODI series. Therefore, the next encounter will be a three-match T20I series between India and Sri Lanka, which begins on Thursday.
“Few guys miss out on the Sri Lanka series because we want to keep them fresh. But we have the World Cup in mind and we are trying to give game time for individuals. However, I am not someone who looks at the opposition, I would like to see what we can do as a team,” said Rohit.