India’s limited-overs vice-captain Rohit Sharma, who won the Player of the Match award in Hamilton T20I for guiding to the remarkable super over victory, never thought that the match would enter to one-over eliminator. While his bag was packed, he was in trouble to find his abdomen guard.
Hamilton T20I was a thrilling game where India finally snatched a victory. Trailing this five-match T20I series by 2-0, the hosts New Zealand decided to field first after winning the toss in this third game of this series.
Despite the Indian openers Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul provided a good start scoring 89-run partnership, the hosts restricted the visitors to 179/5 (20 overs). Rohit was the leading run-scorer in that innings as he scored 65 runs off 40 balls (6 fours and 3 sixes).
Chasing down that target, New Zealand were losing their wickets at regular intervals. However, the skipper Kane Williamson batted superbly and almost carried to the crucial victory. Williamson was dismissed on 95 runs while New Zealand failed to score two runs in last four balls. Indian pacer Mohammed Shami bowled brilliantly in that final over, and the hosts only managed to level the scoreline.
In the one-over eliminator, New Zealand scored 17/0 while India managed to score 8/0 in the first four balls. Rohit smashed two sixes in the last two balls and snatched a remarkable victory. With this victory, India have also secured this series by leading it 3-0 with two matches to go.
All my stuff was inside my bag – Rohit Sharma
Talking about his super over experience, Rohit never thought that the match would go to the super over. His bag was packed, and he took around five minutes to find his abdomen guard.
After that match, Rohit said according to First Post, “Everything was packed. All my stuff was inside my bag. I had to get it out. It literally took me five minutes to find my abdomen guard because I didn’t know where it was. I mean we never thought it would go to the Super Over, the way they were batting at one point. It looked like they could easily win the game.”
Probably it wouldn’t have been me going to face the Super Over if I hadn’t got the 60 today:
The present opening partners Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul came to bat in the super over. Rohit also opened up how the batsmen have been picked up for the super over.
He added, “I don’t know if you can train for a Super Over. We’ve got a T20 specialist in Bumrah. For him, Super Over or whether he bowls in a T20 match is the same for him. There’s no training required there for him.
“But for the batters, you generally see who’s in good nick on that particular day and you assess and try and get that guy to bat. Probably if I hadn’t got the 60 today, probably it wouldn’t have been me going to face the Super Over. It could have been Shreyas Iyer or someone else.”
Rohit lost his wickets cheaply in the first two matches of this series (7 and 8 runs). However, he clicked perfectly in a crucial time.