IND vs NZ: The three-match One-Day International Series between India and New Zealand kicked off in a fitting fashion. The series opener, which occurred at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium of Hyderabad yesterday (January 18), ended up as a last-over thriller. Hosts India managed to achieve a victory over the Blackcaps in the last over of the game while defending a mammoth total of 350.
“To be honest, the way he (Michael Bracewell) was batting and the way it came on to the bat nicely, it was clean ball-striking. We knew that if we bowled well, we would be okay unless we really slipped up with the ball. Unfortunately, that’s what happened. I did say at the toss that I’d like to see us challenge ourselves, not quite the situation I expected but that’s how it is.” said India captain Rohit Sharma in the post-match presentation
Shardul Thakur was the bowler who sealed the deal for India after dismissing centurion Michael Blackwell. Shubman Gill was named the player of the match for his record-breaking double-century in the 1st innings. Gill played a match-winning knock worth 208 runs, becoming the 5th Indian to achieve the 200-run mark in ODI Cricket. Moreover, local pacer Mohammad Siraj starred for the team with the ball yet again with four dismissals to his name.
‘You Are The Captain’ Ishan Kishan Takes A Dig At Rohit Sharma
Meanwhile, India captain Rohit Sharma did a special interview with Shubman Gill and Ishan Kishan after the Hyderabad ODI. During the interview, Sharma tried to troll Kishan regarding his exclusion from the team after scoring a double hundred against Bangladesh. The Southpaw replied in a hilarious fashion reminding the Mumbaikar that he is the captain of the side. Kishan further added that he is happy to bat in the new position in Shreyas Iyer’s absence (No. 4).
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Captain Rohit Sharma with Shubman Gill and Ishan Kishan's special interview is here – Three double centurions! pic.twitter.com/7hvqyyuQKD
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Ishan Kishan, who scored a headline-making double-century against Liton Das-led Bangladesh last month, failed to retain his place in India’s lineup due to the return of then-injured Rohit Sharma. Before the series, the India captain confirmed that Kishan will bat in the team as a middle-order batter in the injured Shreyas Iyer’s absence.