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IND vs NZ: “Didn’t Come As Easy,” Says Rohit Sharma After Winning 1st T20I vs New Zealand

India captain Rohit Sharma on Wednesday admitted that the win towards New Zealand within the first T20 International didn’t come simple in the long run however mentioned the gamers would study from the expertise. India bungled in the direction of finish earlier than recovering in time to style a five-wicket win over New Zealand in Rohit’s first match as full-time T20I captain. The dwelling workforce was cantering to a snug win however tousled the chase within the ultimate 4 overs earlier than Rishabh Pant took India previous the goal of 165 with a boundary within the ultimate over.

“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 mentioned on 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.”

Rohit mentioned at one stage it regarded like New Zealand would rating 180-plus however a “complete bowling performance” didn’t let it occur. He additionally 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,” mentioned Rohit who made 48 off 36 balls. On his dismissal off the bowling of Mumbai Indians team-mate Trent Boult, he mentioned, “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 mentioned he has not been doing something completely 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 mentioned the ball was approaching properly to the bat however the pitch turned a bit gradual in a while.

“I am happy to be on the winning side.”

On Boult dropping him, he mentioned, “It’s my wife’s birthday, a perfect gift from him.”

Senior spinner Ravichandran Ashwin mentioned slower balls have extra buy 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 mentioned.

“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, on the midway mark we thought we’d cruise dwelling,” mentioned Ashwin who took two wickets for 23 runs.

On Rahul Dravid taking cost for his first worldwide match, Ashwin mentioned, “Too early to remark, we have to give him some respiratory house. He’s carried out the arduous yards in Under-19 and A sides. Nothing to likelihood, about preparation, leaving nothing to likelihood, and bringing again the enjoyment.”

New Zealand captain Tim Southee mentioned his aspect began badly with the ball however recovered later to take the match to the final over. “The approach we began with the ball wasn’t what we needed, did properly to claw it again within the center, took it deep and to the final over was a constructive,” Southee mentioned.


“You need to come out on the fitting aspect of shut ones, Mark Chapman the way in which he performed was very pleasing, however a recreation of effective margins.” Southee admitted the sloppy fielding by his side. “We set greater expectations so a bit off with the sector, been very excellent at it in the previous couple of 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.”

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