Rahul-Rohit transformed the team

The Indian cricket team had to be knocked out in the group stage in the T20 World Cup held in the UAE.

Rajesh Rai

The Indian cricket team had to be knocked out in the group stage in the T20 World Cup held in the UAE. But under the guidance of new captain Rohit Sharma and new coach Rahul Dravid, the Indian team grabbed the opportunity by sweeping World Cup runners-up New Zealand 3-0 in the three-match T20I series.

India won the first match in Jaipur by five wickets, the second match in Ranchi by seven wickets and the third match in Kolkata by 73 runs. A few new players were instrumental in this clean sweep, which impressed captain Rohit and coach Dravid. After the series, Rohit said that there is a need to give such an atmosphere in the team to the young players so that they feel safe in the team. Expressing happiness over this performance, Dravid said, “It is pleasant to see the young players performing.

We also gave opportunities to those players who had not played many international matches in recent times. The players showed their skills in this series but now we have to develop them further. Rohit and Dravid’s eyes are now fixed on the T20 World Cup to be held in Australia in 2023 and giving opportunities to new players was a part of this exercise.

India crashed out of the semi-final race at the recent World Cup after losing to Pakistan and New Zealand in their first two matches, though India then went on to comfortably beat Namibia, Scotland and Afghanistan in the next three matches but lost the first two matches. had decided to leave India. New Zealand’s team reached every final by performing better

But he had to face defeat against England in the title match. After this performance, New Zealand had to tour India. Indian team captain Virat Kohli had already announced before the World Cup that he would also quit the T20 captaincy after the World Cup. Virat also took rest in the series as well. Along with Virat, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami and Hardik Pandya were also rested. In the absence of these legendary players, the way Rohit got the young players to perform was worthy of praise. Rohit performed brilliantly with the bat and was also named man of the series.

India gave many players a chance in this series and entered the field with a new and young team. Harshal Patel and Venkatesh Iyer made their debuts, while Axar Patel, who has played just one T20I in four years, was also offered a replacement for Ravindra Jadeja. However, in the series, Rituraj Gaikwad and Avesh Khan did not get a chance to make it to the playing XI. But some players got a chance and grabbed it with both hands. Harshal Patel also became the player of the match in the second match.

Axar Patel got a chance to be named Player of the Match in the third match. Suryakumar Yadav became the player of the match in the first match but he could not maintain this form in the next two matches and was dismissed cheaply. Surya played a brilliant innings of 62 runs in the first match but in the next two matches he was able to register only one and zero in his score.

Rohit said after the series, given the way India is full of talent, it is not easy to feed everyone. A lot of players who are sitting outside have also done well but we can go into the match with only 11 players. So everyone gets a chance, it is not easy.

Ashwin came into T20 after a long gap of four years and impressed everyone with his bowling. Ashwin made his mark in the World Cup as well, taking two wickets for 23 runs and one wicket for 19 runs in the first two matches of this series. Rohit also praised the pairing of off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin and left-arm spinner Axar Patel. In Jaipur, India had allowed New Zealand to score only 68 runs in the last eight overs and also took five wickets.

Despite scoring 64 runs in the powerplay in Ranchi, the Indian bowlers restricted New Zealand to 153 runs and in Kolkata, Team India bundled the Kiwis for just 111 runs even after the dew. Rohit seemed quite satisfied with India’s excellent bowling performance and for this he gave the most credit to the spin pair of Axar and R Ashwin. The performance in the series against New Zealand gives hope for a good future for Indian cricket but it will be interesting to see if the players can sustain this performance till the next World Cup.


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