Due to the absence of the skipper Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma was the stand-in captain for India in the last T20I of the three-match T20I series against the hosts South Africa at Newlands (Cape Town). India won that encounter by 7 runs but in a thrilling way and also claimed the series by the 1-2 margin.
After winning the match, Rohit Sharma credited the Indian bowlers for the victory. After winning the toss, the hosts South Africa sent Indian team to bat first. India managed to score 172/7 at the end of 20 overs.
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In reply, South Africa had the slow start which kept their required run-rate growing up as per times running. At the final moment, debutant Christiaan Jonker and Farhaan Behardien’s superb blasting batting put the Indian team under huge pressure but finally, they managed to secure a victory.
Rohit thought that they were 15 runs short and bowlers did the important job to secure that victory. The right-handed Indian opener said, “To be honest, I thought we were 15 runs short. How the first half went, I thought we lost our way towards the end. I mean these things happen and we learn from it. It was a decent score and once again, the bowlers did it for us. We know how crucial it is for our top three to stay as long as possible. It has happened throughout the series. Last match, it was pleasing to see our middle order perform. Hopefully, we can move forward as a group in the coming games. We discussed certain plans and it worked. We tried to keep the ball on the stumps. Their batsmen like width. So it made them go after the bowling after 6 overs.”
Rohit also said that the Indian bowlers bowled well throughout the series and that helped them to clinch their crucial victories. The 30-year old commented, “It was a complete bowling unit performance. Throughout the series, we showed a lot of intensity, which helped us get those crucial wins. We never backed down from whatever situation we were thrown in.”