IND vs WI: Have ticked lot of boxes in this series, says Rohit Sharma
IND vs WI: India captain Rohit Sharma expressed his happiness after his team defeated West Indies by 96 runs in the third and final One-Day International on Friday at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.
After securing victories in the first two matches, India has now completed a clean sweep of the series, leading 3-0.
“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. 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). Good to have someone who can hit the deck and get that bounce,” said Rohit after the game.
“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. We start expecting things early than expected, important to give them some cushion. Pretty sure we’ll see them together soon,” he added.
Chasing 267, the visitors got off to a poor start as opener Shai Hope dismissed for just 5 runs after being LBW by Mohammed Siraj, putting the team’s total at 19/1. Brandon King and Shamarh Brooks were dismissed for 25/3 in the fifth over by Deepak Chahar.
Later, Darren Bravo and skipper Nicholas Pooran teamed up to try to score more runs for their team, but Krishna Prasidh dismissed the former in the 14th over with only 68 runs on the board. The pacemaker also removed Jason Holder for only six runs. Kuldeep Yadav took two more wickets, dismissing Pooran and Fabian Allen for 34 and 0 runs, respectively.
Then came Odean Smith to the crease and delivered a 36-run knock in just 18 balls, giving West Indies hope. Their joy was short-lived, however, as he was caught by Shikhar Dhawan on Siraj’s delivery, bringing the team’s total to 122/8.
Alzarri Joseph and Hayden Walsh joined hands to form a solid partnership, but Siraj struck again, scalping Walsh’s wicket. Krishna then placed the last nail in the coffin by sending Joseph back to dismantle the visitors at 169/10, resulting in a 96-run triumph.
Both teams will now face off in a T20I series in Kolkata, which will begin on February 16.