1st T20I India vs New Zealand: Captain Rohit Sharma joined former India skipper MS Dhoni after India was hammered by Kane Williamson’s Blackcaps by 80 runs at Wellington. Rohit’s seven T20I-winning streak came to an end with it. It broke India’s run of seven straight T20I wins under Rohit Sharma – the joint most alongside MS Dhoni. Not something Rohit would have been hoping for but at the press conference, he accepted that his side was beaten in all the three departments and also blamed the batsmen for not taking more responsibility.Also Read - IPL 2021, KKR vs RCB: Virat Kohli Plays 200th IPL Match For Royal Challengers Bangalore
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“It was a tough game. We were outplayed in all three departments. We didn’t start well and we knew that 200 wasn’t going to be an easy chase,” Rohit said after the match. Also Read - Will Rohit Sharma Play Against KKR? MI Coach Mahela Jayawardena Provides Update
“We have chased such (big) targets in the past and that is why we played with eight batsmen. But we didn’t have (even) small partnerships and that made it tougher. New Zealand though played well, they had partnerships. We need to go to Auckland, have a look at the conditions and take it from there,” he added.
“Fantastic performance all around, everyone rose and it was one of those complete performances that you search for. The top-order were superb and we built partnerships that helped us,” Williamson said.
Meanwhile, Dhoni bagged an unwarranted record as it was the fifth occasion when he was the highest scorer and it came in a losing cause. The Men in Blue were hammered by the Kiwis by 80 runs in the Wellington T20I. It was also India’s biggest loss in terms of runs in a T20I. Dhoni came in late when the asking rate was more than 12 per over, he looked in the mood to go after the bowling, but it was too little too late as he hit a 31-ball 39. Dhoni also went past 1500 runs in T20 internationals in the process.