IND vs NZ: ‘Rohit Sharma’s Pause at the Toss Was Longer than New Zealand Innings’

Last Update: January 22, 2023, 10:59 AM IST

Rohit Sharma and Tom Latham doing the toss.

Rohit Sharma and Tom Latham doing the toss.

The Mohammed Shami-led attack made a decisive effort to bowl out New Zealand for 108 before India were run out in 20.1 overs.

India’s easy win over New Zealand ensured that there was not much to talk about on-field strategy and the major news point was that Rohit Sharma forgot what he wanted to do after winning the toss on day one. Former cricketer and popular cricket pundit Sanjay Manjrekar made sure he too had a cheeky quip in New Zealand even as he recalled how the forgetful captain became the talk of the town at the toss.

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Speaking after India’s eight-wicket win, which came in a little over 100 minutes after the start of India’s chase, Manjrekar said no one expected such a performance World Cup Finalist.

New Zealand were elected to bat after losing the toss, and their top-order collapsed in no time, being bundled out for 107 runs. Mohammed Shami took three wickets, with Hardik Pandya and Washington Sundar taking two wickets each. Meanwhile, Mohammed Siraj, Shardul Thakur and Kuldeep Yadav bagged one wicket each.

“New Zealand are World Cup finalists and on an afternoon pitch for a team that didn’t seem to be very notorious for this kind of performance, I think it’s something that’s very hard to understand. So I can understand India To be quality Once again the big story is New Zealand collapse on this score,” he told the Star Play after the match.

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Furthermore, he then mentioned how Rohit’s stay was longer than the New Zealand innings as he took a cheeky jibe at the visitors.

“In fact, I think Rohit Sharma’s stay at the toss was longer than New Zealand’s innings.”

Earlier, India’s pace attack thwarted New Zealand’s weak batting line-up as the hosts sealed the three-match series with an eight-wicket win in the second ODI here on Saturday.

The Mohammed Shami-led attack made a decisive effort to bowl out New Zealand for 108 before India were run out in 20.1 overs. Rohit Sharma played a blistering knock of 50 off 51 balls, while Shubman Gill remained unbeaten on 40 off 53 balls.

It was an emphatic victory but the away Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh Stadium was packed with fans for Raipur’s first international match as the match ended early.

Shami (3/18) and Mohammed Siraj (1/10) made life difficult for the batsmen with their high-quality seam bowling and reduced New Zealand to 15 for five after Rohit opted to bowl . The odd ball stoppage made New Zealand’s batsmen’s task difficult, although the Indian openers made the batting look easy in the evening.

The third and last ODI will be played in Indore on Tuesday.

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