Despite being the better of the two in ODIs, India had never beaten New Zealand in a T20I series. And yesterday’s captain Virat Kohli was a mere boy in the U-19 setup when the men in blue took on the Kiwis for the first of three T20Is. But under his leadership, India have finally beaten the Kiwis & by doing so, bid a fitting adieu to their veteran pacer Ashish Nehra in his home town of Delhi.
Talking about the side; Virat said, “Very clinical performance with the whole team. I thought the wicket was damp but Rohit [Sharma] and Shikhar [Dhawan] were outstanding. And with the ball as well, we were brilliant. The bowlers bowled where they should and the fielders backed it up. In T20 cricket, you need to keep picking wickets to win games and it’s always nice to have options. Using Hardik [Pandya] at 6 and Akshar [Patel] at 7 gave us those options. As a captain, you always need an extra option to pick wickets”.
Kohli showered opener Dhawan wirh praises: “Shikhar’s one-day game is so good and he always wanted to convert that into T20 as well. I think his adaptability was spot-on today and he unleashed all the shots he had”.