Suryakumar Yadav's smashed a quickfire 65 as India posted 184 for 5 batting first. Harshal Patel then claimed three wickets as India restricted the visitors to 167/9. Speaking after the memorable series win in Kolkata, skipper Rohit said, "The team that used to chase, there are not many people from that squad. We wanted to bat first and chase as well in this series. Because our middle order is fairly new. Happy with the series. Pretty much got everything we wanted.”
Rohit added, “We do understand we are very young as a team. We are still a good chasing side, but a lot of the players are missing. It was pleasing to see guys bailing the team out from situations,. Good sign moving forward as a group and something to be proud of.”
The 34-year-old described the middle order making it count as the biggest positive from the ODIs. He stated, “I was impressed with our seam bowling in ODIs. And even here. Harshal is new. Avesh is on debut. Shardul is in and out. So we wanted to see how the guys react and it was a good challenge to defend in both games against a quality West Indies team.”
Apart from Suryakumar, Venkatesh Iyer also slammed an unbeaten 35 as India put up an impressive total after being sent into bat. Iyer and Suryakumar featured in a blazing 91-run stand for the fifth wicket.
India’s next assignment will be a T20I series against Sri Lanka, also to be played at home. The hosts have rested Virat Kohli and Rishabh Pant for that series. Looking forward to it, Rohit said, "Few guys miss out on the Sri Lanka series because we want to keep them fresh. But we have the World Cup in mind and we are trying to give game time for individuals. I am not someone who looks at the opposition, I would like to see what we can do as a team.”
The three-match India-Sri Lanka series will be played from February 24 to 27.
--By A Cricket Correspondent