"Teammates Call Him Magician": Rohit Lauds Star After Series Sweep vs NZ

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India defeated New Zealand by 90 runs successful the 3rd and last ODI connected Tuesday.© BCCI

After blanking New Zealand successful the ODI bid by 3-0, Team India skipper Rohit Sharma praised Shardul Thakur, who took important wickets of visitors to easiness immoderate unit from the team, and said teammates telephone him a 'magician' successful the squad arsenic helium makes telling contributions with shot and bat virtually each clip helium is called to bash so. Centuries from openers Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill, followed by three-wicket hauls from Shardul Thakur and Kuldeep Yadav, helped India decision New Zealand by 90 runs successful the 3rd and last ODI of the bid astatine the Holkar Cricket Stadium successful Indore connected Tuesday.

Shardul bagged the wickets of Daryl Mitchell, New Zealand skipper Tom Latham and Glenn Phillips portion conceding 45 runs successful 6 overs.

"We bowled beauteous well, stuck to our plans and held our nerve. Shardul has been doing it for a while. Teammates telephone him a magician and helium came and delivered yet again. He conscionable needs to get much games nether his belt," Rohit said astatine the post-match presentation.

India won the archetypal ODI, a high-scoring thriller astatine Hyderabad by 12 runs, portion their seamers helped them to an eight-wicket triumph astatine Raipur successful the 2nd game.

"I thought successful the past six games we played, we did astir parts close and that is the cardinal successful 50-over games. We were accordant too. Without Siraj and Shami I knew we wanted to springiness chances to radical connected the bench. We wanted to get Chahal and Umran successful the mix. We wanted to spot however they respond nether pressure. I cognize we had the runs connected the board, but I don't deliberation immoderate people is harmless here," the India skipper added.

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Praising Kuldeep Yadav, Rohit said, "Every clip I person fixed Kuldeep the ball, helium has fixed america important breakthroughs. Wrist spinners thin to get amended with crippled time."

Shubman continued his purple spot arsenic helium struck the 2nd period of his vocation and the 2nd of the series, astatine the apical of the innings. He smashed 112 runs successful conscionable 78 balls. His sound was studded with 13 fours and 5 sixes. He scored astatine a onslaught complaint of 143.58 and the inning connected Tuesday took his aggregate for the bid to 360 runs.

He was adjudged the 'Player of the Series' for his sensational exploits with the willow, which included a maiden treble 100 successful the archetypal match.

"Gill's attack is rather akin successful each game. He doesn't transportation immoderate affectional baggage from his erstwhile innings and wants to commencement afresh each game. For a youngster inactive uncovering his feet successful planetary cricket, it is simply a large cognition to have. He could person taken things lightly but helium is chopped from a antithetic cloth," Rohit added.

Indian skipper, too, smashed his archetypal ODI period since January 2020, successful the process becoming the third-highest six-hitter successful the past of ODI cricket. Rohit said whille period meant a batch to him, helium knew helium had been batting good and it was lone astir "going that other mile".

"Today's 100 means a batch to me. I've been batting well, truthful it was conscionable astir going that other mile. The transportation was bully today. Honestly, we don't speech overmuch astir the rankings. Our dressing country discussions are chiefly astir doing the close things connected the field. Australia are a prime squad and things won't beryllium casual for america but I americium beauteous definite we volition beryllium up for it (Border-Gavaskar Trophy)," said the India skipper.

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