The tour of New Zealand ended with a series loss for the Men in Blue as the team led by Rohit Sharma lost the last Twenty20 International game in Hamilton by 4 runs and the skipper shared his team will return home with lots of positives despite a “disappointing” result in the three-match T20I series.
After recording their biggest One-Day International series win on Kiwi soil. A first-ever T20 International series win would have been icing on the cake but the hosts held their nerves to pull off a thrilling four-run victory on Sunday.
Speaking at the post-match presentation ceremony, the Indian skipper said, “Disappointing to not cross the line but we fought well right till the end. 210 odd (213 target) was always going to be tough, but we were in it till the end. They held their nerve and kept hitting their Yorkers. Still a lot of positives, we started well with the ODIs, wanted to do well here but the boys throughout the tour were excellent, put in a lot of hard work.”
Adding, “They will be disappointed tonight but we have to learn from the mistakes we made and move ahead.”
Meanwhile, the youngster Vijay Shankar, who played one of the most crucial knocks in the last T20 game of series shared this series has given him a lot of lessons and if he can help his team win matches then he will be really happy.
“The series between Australia and New Zealand have been a learning experience from me. I have learned a lot. I might not have bowled a lot but I learned to bowl in different conditions. In batting, just watching seniors like Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, and Mahendra Singh Dhoni, how they go about their job, I learned a lot.”
Shankar also explained, “Even the last game was a learning experience for me. I could have gone for single or two then go for another boundary. I also had a very good opportunity to win this game for the team. If I can win matches for the team, that will automatically help me personally. For me, the most important thing is that I adapt quickly to different conditions and be consistent.”
The 28-year-old batter at number three in two of the three t20s against the Black Caps, scoring 43 off 28 balls in the last game and 23 in the opening game of the series.
The tour ended with Indian winning the ODI series 4-1 and losing the T20I series 1-2. The ODI series win helped Indian climb up to the second position in the ICC ODI Team Rankings.
The Indian team will now travel back home for a series against Australia, starting from February 24.
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Sports Journalist by profession, a Cricket Fanatic by passion. Aayush Sharma has been following the game of cricket since childhood and considers Sachin Tendulkar as his idol. When in free time, he loves to read books or go out and play some gully cricket with friends. For him, Tennis ace Roger Federer and F1 Legend Michael Schumacher are the only sportspersons that reach the level of Tendulkar