Ahmedabad: Rohit Sharma said he has ticked a lot of boxes in this series after Team India white-waves the three-match ODI series against West Indies on Friday.
The hosts defeated the Windies by 96 runs in the third game on Friday despite a trembling start. After choosing to bat first, India set 266-run target for West Indies even though, the top order could not present a commendable performance.
“Definitely not looking at those numbers (captaincy record). Have ticked a lot of boxes in this series. Whatever we wanted to get out of this series, we pretty much got. Noise will be around as long as we’re playing. People look up to us, everybody watches us.,” said Sharma in post match presentation.
“As players, as individuals, we know what we need to focus on. Outside noise doesn’t bother the dressing room. Said it in the last game as well – never seen something like that in India (Prasidh’s spell),” he added.
The skipper was dismissed for 13 runs in third over and former captain Virat Kohli followed him to the dressing room just two balls later.
“Good to have someone who can hit the deck and get that bounce. Although I didn’t feel like this was Indian conditions, was good to see the fast bowlers actually. Was also impressed with Siraj. And then Shardul and Deepak did the job for us. Both Kuldeep and Chahal are crucial players for us. Especially Kuldeep. Chahal was very much in the plans and Kuldeep went off the radar. It was important to get him back slowly. Important to give them that confidence,” added India white-ball skipper.
Earlier, opting to bat first, Iyer and Rishabh Pant played a partnership of 110 runs. Later, Deepak Chahar and Washington Sundar took the hosts to 200-run mark, with 53 runs of the seventh wicket.
“We start expecting things early than expected, important to give them some cushion. Pretty sure we’ll see them together soon. That was the biggest takeaway for us – the middle order batting. Today was again a great game for the middle order. We were 40/3. For me that’s the biggest takeaway,” said Sharm while concluding.
Both the teams will now be facing each other for the T20I series in Kolkata, starting from February 16.
first published:Feb. 11, 2022, 9:22 p.m.