Skipper Rohit Sharma said on Sunday it was nice to see the Indian team able to defend targets in the T20 series against West Indies after preferring to beat second over the years.
India have provided opportunities for a host of youngsters since the disappointing T20 World Cup campaign last year. Suryakumar Yadav and Venkatesh Iyer performed well in the series which India won 3-0.
“The team that was hunting, there aren’t many people here from that team. We wanted to strike first and hunt as well. Because our middle order is quite new,’ Rohit said during the post-match presentation, referring to missing players like Hardik Pandya.
“Happy with the series. Pretty much everything we wanted. We understand that we are very young as a team. We’re still a good chasing team, but we’re missing a lot of players. ”It was nice to see guys get the team out of certain situations. Good sign to move forward as a band and something we can be proud of. India had also won the ODIs 3-0 before the T20s.
”The biggest advantage of ODIs was the middle order which made him count. I was impressed with our bowling in the ODIs. And even here. Harshal is new. Avesh makes his debut. Shardul enters and exits. “So we wanted to see how the guys reacted and it was a good challenge to defend in both games against a quality West Indian team.” India will then host Sri Lanka from February 24. series because we want to keep them fresh. But we have the World Cup in mind and we try to give people playing time. I’m not someone who watches the opposition, I would like to see what we can do as a team,” added Rohit.
India crushed 86 runs in the last five overs to post 184 for five on Sunday. West Indies skipper Kieron Pollard said it took the game away from them. ”We were in the game for 15 overs, but we gave them 85 odds in the last five. We had a good start with the stick, we were 70 in 7 or 8 overs and we weren’t able to capitalize. The form of Nicholas Pooran and Rovman Powell was positive, Pollard said. ”Nicholas showed his consistency. Rovman Powell has shown he wants to be an integral part of white ball teams. Coming to India is going to be difficult but the way the boys reacted was good from us. “From an ODI perspective, we had a chance to win this series, knocking them out for 230 odds in game two and the last game, so it’s not all a disaster. These guys are finding their footing, it’s like on the job training for them and we can’t wait to see what the future holds. “From a T20 perspective, we left with experience for the World Cup (2021) and we didn’t get the job done, but now we’re working with what we have,” he said. added.
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