Rohit, then Dinesh Karthik, lifted India to a competitive 190 from an uncomfortable 138 for six in 16th, a tally that proved enough for the visitors to register a 68-point win in the inaugural T20 International against the West Indies here.
While Rohit set up the platform with a 44-ball-64, it was Karthik’s calculated assault – an unbeaten 41 from 19 balls – that propelled India into the latter stages of their innings on a track with a spongy bounce, and a bit of cornering and grip.
“We knew it was going to be a bit tough, the shooting wasn’t easy at the start. Guys who are ready have to keep going longer and the way we finished the first few rounds was a great effort,” Rohit said. at the presentation ceremony.
“When we finished the first 10 overs we didn’t think we could get to 190. It was a great effort from the boys and a great finish. There are three facets of the game that we are trying to improve.
“We have to try to support ideas about running with the bat. We want to try some things and overall I thought it was a great effort,” said Rohit, who is preparing to lead the team at the next T20 World. Cut, added.
For coach Rahul Dravid, almost every strategic change in the playing XI seemed to be working.
.@DineshKarthik played a full shot 41* off 19 balls and won player of the match award as… https://t.co/a8wtQPCgXe
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Suryakumar Yadav (24 from 16 balls) provided an interesting opening option while the manner in which Arshdeep Singh tricked a raging Kyle Mayers with a short delivery speaks volumes about his temper.
“Some pitches won’t allow you to do that and we need to assess how we do it. It’s about supporting your skills and strengths.
“I love playing here in the West Indies. The Indian team always gets great support from the Indian crowd coming from the United States and also from the local crowd here, quite superb to get such support,” Rohit said.
The team’s designated finisher, Karthik spoke about the support he received from the team’s management.
A dominating performance from our bowlers 👏👏#TeamIndia wins 1st #WIvIND T20I by 68 points and takes the series lead 1-0 💪 https://t.co/H15eUfQZoK
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“It was sticky, not an easy wicket to hit. It’s a very interesting role, you need the support of the coach and the captain and that really helped. It’s important to assess the wicket and the type shots you have to play, and that comes with practice,” said Player of the Match Karthik.
Trailing 0-1 in the five-game series, West Indies skipper Nicholas Pooran was disappointed to let the “incredible” crowd down.
“The players felt very hurt, but it’s the first game of the T20 series and we’ll be looking to bounce back,” Pooran said.
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