India squared off against Tom Latham-led New Zealand on January 24, Tuesday and it was the Men in Blue who came out on top after winning the game by 90 runs, restricting the Kiwis to 295 who were chasing a mammoth target of 386. India got off to a fiery start after being forced to bat first, with the openers Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill putting on a 212-run stand for the first wicket.
While Gill scored 112 runs to his name, it was the skipper Rohit who hit the headlines after scoring a blistering century, ending the three-year century drought in ODIs. However, post the conclusion of the game, the captain expressed his displeasure over the statistic which only mentioned the years but not the number of games that he has played.
It was Kuldeep Yadav and Shardul Thakur who helped the team clinch the win on the back of their three-fors backed up by Hardik Pandya and allrounder Washington Sundar in the middle overs. Rohit claimed that it is the duty of the broadcasters to put out the facts as it is so as to make them clearer for those watching it live.
I just hope he keeps performing: Rohit Sharma
Further, Rohit lauded Shardul for his confidence and said tha the pacer is one of the smartest out there in the dressing room. The right-handed batter expressed his delight as he opened up on the game-changing spell that brought the Men in Blue back into the game, putting the Black Caps on the back foot despite Devon Conway’s great-hearted 138.
“First 100 in three years sounds a lot but I have only played 12 ODIs in three years. Broadcasters should show the right thing, we hardly played an ODI last year,” Rohit was quoted as saying during the post-match press conference later on Tuesday.
“Shardul Thakur has got a knack of picking crucial wickets for us not just in ODIs but also in Tests. I just hope he keeps performing like this which will give him a lot of confidence. Shardul Thakur is very smart. He has a lot of domestic cricket and come up through the ranks. He understands what needs to be done and has got some tricks up his sleeves,” said the Indian captain further.