Terrific comeback after the first game in Dharamsala : Rohit Sharma

Terrific comeback after the first game in Dharamsala : Rohit Sharma

SL 215 (44.5 Ovs)
IND 219/2 (32.1 Ovs)
India won by 8 wkts

Kuldeep Yadav

Shikhar Dhawan

Rohit Sharma – Terrific comeback after the first game in Dharamsala. We showed plenty of character. Even today at one point they were going at 6 an over and to pull the game back from there is magnificent. This has been the hallmark of the team. Whenever we were defeated, we have always come back strong. As a captain, my job becomes a lot more easier that way. Very proud of the boys. I think the first game was a bit testing as a captain, because we didn’t put enough runs on the board, and in the second game since we had lot of runs I had the luxury to try out a few things. It was a perfect game for me to settle in. And today was a perfect game. When you have bowlers like that in your side, the job becomes very easy for the captain. You throw the ball and they get you wicket all the time. Whenever we were put into the tough situations, we responded well. We played as a team more than anything else. Everyone knew what they needed to do as an individual to win the series and they perfectly did that.

The batting of Shreyas Iyer was a big positive. He showed a lot of intent. The way he came out and batted was brilliant. We never felt from the outside that he’s played only a couple of games. We felt that he’s already been there for a long time. He batted fearlessly and got the result he wanted. Of course, the spin twins. They haven’t bowled much together as bowlers, but whenever they have played, they bowled really well. They put us in the driver’s seat, the way they played during the New Zealand and Australia series was beautiful. I hope, as a team, we can continue to do that. We have to respond well as a team. This team has shown that again and again, we just need to continue from where we left off. We are going abroad now, the next one and half year will be challenging as a team and I’m sure we are ready for it. The youngsters bring a lot of energy, enthusiasm and talent to the group and it’s a perfect time to try them. They have done well in the shorter formats and I’m sure they are ready for all the upcoming challenges.

Shikhar Dhawan, Man of the series, 168 runs at an average of 84: I feel that I’m batting my best and I know my game very well know and that’s why my consistency has gone up. Technique, on the guard – where to stand and where not to – I’m an experienced player and I know how to handle the situation and as I mentioned those three are working well for me. Whenever I score fifty, most of the times I try and convert it into a hundred and my conversion rate is quite high. It’s a goal to win as a team. You try and win games as a team and individual performances come later. I’m happy that I led from the front and make my team go through the final and win the game. I want to thank the crowd for supporting us, they have been phenomenal.

Kuldeep Yadav, Man of the Match for his 3/42: Obviously their batsmen were set and we knew we needed wickets in the middle overs. I got two wickets in one over and that really changed the momentum for us. The wicket was very good for spinners, we were getting turn and sharp turn as well and that’s really motivated me to do well. I worked on my lengths as well. It’s just preparation that matters. Whenever you don’t play you practice and work hard on your fitness and fielding, when you get a chance you try and put up your best performance.
Thisara Perera: Really disappointing for us. We played well in the first game, and it was a good chance to beat India in India, but we didn’t execute the plans well in the last couple of games in both the departments. We got a good start today, but the middle order didn’t capitalize and so we couldn’t put enough runs on the board. He (Akila Dananjaya) is a very good talent and he has a great future. That’s why I gave him the new ball. He is our top spinner in ODIs. We already lost the ODI series and now we have to think about our future. We have to stay at present and forget the rest.

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