“Honestly, we don’t talk too much about the rankings. It’s about winning games and it won’t be any different when we play the Tests against Australia. It won’t be an easy challenge, but we’re ready for it. “, Rohit said during the presentation ceremony.
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“Over the last six games we’ve done most things right in the ODIs. We’re consistent in our approach with bat and ball.”
India rested the rhythm duo of Mohammed Siraj and Mohammed Shami for the game and replaced them with Yuzvendra Chahal and Umran Malik.
Rohit said despite putting up 385 for nine on the board, it wasn’t safe on batting-friendly Holkar Cricket Stadium. New Zealand finished on 295 in 41.2 overs.
“Without Siraj and Shami, we wanted to give other guys opportunities on the bench. We wanted to bring Chahal and Umran into the mix, put them under pressure. We had runs on the board, but on this kind of ground , no total is safe,” he said.
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Rohit praised Shardul Thakurwho was India’s top bowler that day, recording figures of 3 for 45 from six overs.
“We stuck to the plans, kept our nerves. Shardul has been doing this for a while, so some people call him ‘Magician’.
“Every time I’ve given the ball to Kuldeep he brings wickets. Just give him more games under his belt because the wrist spinners get better the more they play.”
The Indian skipper also had words of appreciation for the youngsters Shubman Gillwho amassed 360 points in three matches, including two centuries.
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“His (Gill’s) approach is quite similar. He’s starting over. As a young player, that’s important. He can easily sit on his laurels and relax, but that’s not the case.”
In the match, Rohit also broke his three-year hiatus for a century in the ODIs by scoring 101 out of 85 balls.
“The 20th century means a lot to me, it was important to play long and bring the team to a good total,” he said.
New Zealand captain Tom Latham said that although they were shut out in the series, the three matches were a great learning experience for the team’s young players.
“The start with the ball wasn’t great and we did well to get them down to 380. It doesn’t sound good but it is, and then being knocked out in 40 overs didn’t go well for us” , Latham told me.
“It’s our last experience in India before the World Cup, so the guys are exposed to those conditions in all three games, and hopefully that will come in handy in October.
“We’re building depth in this group without (Tim) Southee and the others. Fingers crossed about my form for the World Cup. Hopefully we can learn from the T20 series.”
Thakur was named Player of the Match for his good looks, and the right-hand point guard said he was always ready to contribute to the team’s success.
“They like me a lot and I even like my teammates. At some point they’re going to come after you, and it’s important to stay in the moment and not get ahead of you.
“I wonder what to do and I’ll do it next time. I don’t think too much because we have to be ready for all situations, whether it’s with the bat or the ball. Everyone likes to hit and the modern game is all about the stick,” he said.
The Gill series player said he was happy with his performance as he did not change his approach to his game.
“It feels good when you play well. It’s satisfying. I haven’t changed my approach a lot. I’m looking to convert those starts into big starts, to express myself. I try to play according to the situation and conditions, without looking at my score,” he said.
“Our bowlers did a good job and played very well on that wicket because at one point it looked like it could go either way.”
(With PTI inputs)