#INDvsWI: Skipper Rohit Sharma is happy with the series win, says THIS

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Kolkata: India captain Rohit Sharma is the happiest man as his side win both ODI and T20 series against West Indies without losing a single game. The two series against West Indies were the first assignment of Sharma after becoming full-time white-ball captain for the national team and the start is indeed stupendous with 3-0 wins. 

Team India defeated the visitors in every possible manner on their tour, starting from the ODI series. The hosts clean sweept the three-match ODI series and entered in the shortest filled with confidence. 

“The team that used to chase, there are not many people here from that squad. We wanted to bat first and chase as well. Because our middle order is fairly new. Happy with the series. Pretty much got everything that 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. So we wanted the guys to understand how to bat in pressure situations,” said Rohit Sharma in the post-match presentation. 

“It was pleasing to see guys bailing the team out from situations. Good sign moving forward as a group and something to be proud of. Biggest takeaway from the ODIs was the middle order making it count. I was very impressed with our seam bowling in ODIs. And even here. Harshal is new. Avesh is on debut. Shardul is in and out. So challenge for us was to give them game time and see how they respond. When you play against a team like West Indies, you can test your batting and bowling. They bat very deep,” he added. 

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“It was a good challenge to defend in both games. Few guys miss out for 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. Sri Lanka will be a different challenge. But I am not someone who looks at the opposition, I would like to see what we can do as a team. Ground fielding, catching is something we can correct. Hopefully we can tick that box as well,” Sharma said. 

Suryakumar Yadav has been awarded Player of the Match and the series for his powerful knock of 61 runs off 31 balls in the third game. In the second game, Yadav out 8 runs on board and 34 not out in the first game was the significant knock of the batter in the series. 

“Just wanted to replicate what I did in the first game. Needed someone to stay there after Rohit got out. We had a long chat in the team meeting as to how we are going to react under immense pressure and it was a perfect situation to walk out, play till the end and it worked out really well,” said Surykumar Yadav in post-match presentation. 

“I just try to keep things simple in the nets as well. Whenever the situation arises, just stay till the end. Being a little harsh on yourself in the nets, don’t hit every ball wildly. Have some quality, meaningful and purposeful net sessions. That’s it (smile, asked how he simulates match scenarios in the nets). Excited for the next series against Sri Lanka,” he added. 

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“We were in the game for 15 overs, but we gave them 85-odd in the last five. We did have a good start with the bat, were 70-odd in 7 or 8 overs and weren’t able to capitalize. Nicholas showed his consistency. Rovman Powell showed he wants to be part and parcel of the white-ball teams. Coming to India is going to be difficult but the way the boys responded was good on our part,” said Kieron Pollard, captain of losing side. 

“From the ODI perspective, we had a chance to win that series, bowling them out for 230-odd in the second game and last game, so it is not all doom and gloom. These guys are finding their foot, it is like on the job training for them and we look forward to see what the future holds. From the T20 perspective, we went with experience for the (2021) World Cup and didn’t get the job done, but now we are working with what we got,” he added. 

first published:Feb. 20, 2022, 11:37 p.m.

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