India beat West Indies by 96 runs in the third ODI to complete a 3-0 series whitewash. It was Rohit’s first series as ODI captain.
“We have ticked a lot of boxes in this series. Whatever we wanted to get out of the series, we got what we wanted,” Rohit said at the post match presentation ceremony.
He was asked about the dressing room atmosphere after Indian cricket recently witnessed some turbulent times following the end of Virat Kohli’s leadership tenure.
“The noise will be around as long as we are playing. We know we are playing a high-profile sport in India and people look up to us and watch us. As players and individuals, we know what we need to focus on,” said the stylish opener.
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“The outside noise doesn’t bother the dressing room. As long as we can come out and do what we are expected to do, that is very important.”
He again heaped praise on pacer Prasidh Krishna, who took three wickets on Friday and was named player of the series for his nine scalps in three matches.
“We wanted bowlers to get the bounce off the pitch, we had somebody who could come and bowl those lengths and ask those questions to the batters.
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“It was good to see our fast bowlers, I was impressed even with Siraj the way he bowled. And Shardul, Deepak got the opportunity at different times.”
On wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav, who made a successful comeback after being in the sidelines for a while, Rohit said, “Both Kuldeep and Chahal are crucial players for us. They have done well together as a group, especially Kuldeep.
“Since Chahal was very much in the plan, Kuldeep went off the radar a little bit. It was important to get him back, and get him back slowly.”
“We start expecting things a little early, and we are pretty sure we can see them back together very soon.”
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Talking about the middle-order batters who bailed the team out on Friday after top-order failure, the captain said, “With the top order not firing, it was good for the middle order to bail us out. Today they got us to a respectable total. This was the biggest positive.”
Prasidh said he has been doing a lot of practice and the few Vijay Hazare matches he had played helped him to keep in rhythm.
“Anything going to the keeper or the slips, I like those kinds of wickets. Today both wickets I got, it was quite nice to see the ball get the carry and good to have people behind who won’t miss out when you create an opportunity,” he said.
“When you are running in and see the ball flying to the keeper, it’s what any fast bowler wants. The kind of guys we have in the team, everybody is good and we’ve been learning from each other.
West Indies captain Nicholas Pooran admitted that his side will need to improve a lot in this format.
“The way we bowled in the series was wonderful. We have a lot of work to do with bowling and batting, more so batting this series. The way the boys bowled was fantastic. It seems like we are better at the shorter format, but we need to put in work in the longer format.”