IND vs NZ: Team India captain Rohit Sharma applauded his opening partner, Shubman Gill after India’s 3-0 series win over New Zealand. The hosts, however, registered a 90-run win in the third ODI in Indore, where both openers Rohit and Gill smashed centuries. Notably, Gill recently got back-to-back Player of the Series awards. He also scored 360 runs in only three matches of the recently-concluded series, which included a century and a double hundred as well.

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Praising the young batter, Rohit Sharma said, “The way he was batting in this series and before this series, I don’t think much needs to be told. He understands his batting, he paces his innings well. That is what you want in one-day cricket. You want to go big, you want to go deep in your innings. He has shown that. He has got big hundreds.”

He continued: “No matter how flat the pitch is, to get a double hundred is not easy. In that game, the next best score was 34. It shows that he was calculative and he knows that he needs to bat deep. A set batsman needs to bat for as long as possible. That is probably the reason we got 350-plus (349) in that game. He has got great maturity in the way he thinks about his game, the way he approaches the game.”

“No matter how flat the pitch is, to get a double hundred is not easy” – Rohit Sharma on Shubman Gill

"No matter how flat the pitch is, to get a double hundred is not easy" - Rohit Sharma on Shubman Gill
“No matter how flat the pitch is, to get a double hundred is not easy” – Rohit Sharma on Shubman Gill

However, in a 212-run opening stand off only 26.1 overs, Rohit Sharma himself scored a century – his 30th ODI century but added that he doesn’t give much attention to personal feats, and plays ‘fearless’ cricket instead as well. He again shared:

“I had never planned for 30 hundreds. I never thought I’d reach there, so going forward I won’t plan as well. I just want to play my cricket, enjoy my cricket and bat the way I am batting at the moment. When the numbers show up, they look nice but I don’t think any cricketer plays for numbers. And I am no different. I want to go there, enjoy my cricket and do well for the team. We could have done a lot of things if we were playing for numbers.”

The Indian captain also praised the contribution of all-rounder Shardul Thakur, the pacer who returned figures of 3 for 45 on a flat track to keep New Zealand under pressure in the run chase and be instrumental in restricting them for 295 as well.

“Shardul has got the knack of taking wickets at crucial times for us. We’ve seen that not only in ODIs but also in Tests. There have been so many instances that I remember where he came and got us a breakthrough when a partnership was building. He is very critical to us, given where we stand as a team. What he brings to us as a team is critical. I just hope he keeps putting up performances like these and it’ll only do good for the team,” Rohit Sharma concluded.

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