Rohit Guides India to Clean Sweep in First Series as Captain
By: Aviral Sharma
After a disappointing exit from the T20 World Cup, India made sure to turn the tables around and make a solid comeback for the shortest format series against an in-form New Zealand. An exceptional series for India as the new coach and captain proved to be the X-factors.
Rahul Dravid took over the position of Head Coach after Ravi Shastri’s tenure came to an end a couple of weeks back. At the same time, Rohit Sharma got into his new shoes as the T20I captain of India after Virat Kohli stepped down from the shortest format to focus more on his batting.
The three games were played at Jaipur, Ranchi and Kolkata, respectively. The Indian team gave the Kiwis a hard time in the middle, as they won all three tosses and subsequently managed to control all the games.
The absence of Kiwis captain Kane Williamson and an injury for ace pacer Lockie Ferguson were big blows to the visitors and a massive opportunity for the Men in Blue. Talking about the youngsters, India also had two players making their debuts -- Harshal Patel and Venkatesh Iyer. Both men performed exceedingly well in IPL 2021, which helped them make the national team.
India won the final T20I comfortably by 73 runs, bowling out the opponents at 111 with still two overs to go. Axar Patel was the Man of the Match for his spell of 3/9 in his 3 overs. Rohit Sharma was declared the Man of the Series for his outstanding contribution with the bat throughout the series.
Now, the focus shifts to the upcoming two-match Test series, India’s first World Test Championship 2021 – 2023. The first match will begin on November 25 at 9:30 am IST and be played at the Green Park Stadium in Kanpur. The second test will start on December 3 at the Wankhede in Mumbai.
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