After securing a thrilling victory in the Super Over during the Hamilton T20I, the Player of the Match Rohit Sharma opened up his experience while playing one-over eliminator.
On Wednesday (29th January), New Zealand and India were playing the third T20I in Hamilton. The hosts’ captain Kane Williamson (95 runs) almost guided the New Zealand team to the crucial victory with his outstanding batting performance.
However, they ultimately managed to tie that game as both India (179/5) and New Zealand (179/6) scored 179 runs.
It was the first Super Over for the Indian team while New Zealand played their seventh Super Over in international cricket. The hosts batted first in that one-over eliminator and scored 17/0 (Kane Williamson 11 and Martin Guptill 5) against the Indian pace-bowler Jasprit Bumrah.
The Kiwi pacer Tim Southee conceded eight runs in first four balls of that Super Over but Rohit Sharma smashed two sixes in the last two balls and registered a remarkable victory. Rohit had no idea how to handle that Super Over but his brilliant batting helped the Indian team to win that match.
During the post-match presentation ceremony, Rohit said, “Never done that before (batting in Super Over). I didn’t know what to expect, whether to go from the first ball or just take a single, try and put pressure on the last three or four balls of the over. I just wanted to stay still and was waiting for the bowler to make a mistake (on the last two sixes). The pitch was good and I was trying to stay still, see what I could do.”
Little disappointed at having thrown my wicket away – Rohit Sharma
With this victory in the third T20I of this five-match series, India have taken unassailable 3-0 lead in this series. After scoring just seven and eight runs in the first two matches of this series, Rohit scored 65 runs off 40 balls (6 fours and 3 sixes) in this Hamilton T20I. His batting provided a very good start for the visitors in that main game as he and KL Rahul provided the 89-run opening partnership for the Men in Blue.
However, Rohit still felt a little disappointed for throwing away his wicket.
The limited-overs vice-captain added, “Good performance with the bat, little disappointed at having thrown my wicket away though, should have carried on for a while. Wanted to bat normally, I hadn’t got runs in the first two games, wanted to do well today. We knew we would win the series today if we win the match – in important games, the important players need to step up and get counted.”