Rohit Sharma smashed a record unbeaten 111 in India’s crushing 71-run victory over West Indies in the second Twenty20 International on Tuesday. @ AFP
Rohit Sharma smashed a record unbeaten 111 in India’s crushing 71-run victory over West Indies in the second Twenty20 International on Tuesday. @ AFP

Rohit Sharma, who smashed a record unbeaten 111 in India’s crushing 71-run victory over West Indies in the second Twenty20 International on Tuesday was happy that the hosts could put on a closure on the series which has been sealed 2-0 with one still left to go on November 11.

“Everyone will go home smiling. That’s what we play for. Glad we could win the game and win the series,” the Indian captain, who won the Man of the Man award for his thunderous 61-ball knock, said at the post-match presentation ceremony.

After being asked to bat, Rohit and Shikhar Dhawan had to weather some tight bowling from West Indies’ tearaway pacer Oshane Thomas, who bowled a maiden first over.

“It was a new pitch, so we wanted to understand how the wicket is behaving. Hence, we took so much time to understand what the pitch is doing. And we carried on from there. Dhawan’s natural instinct is to put pressure on the bowlers, but we decided to take our time,” Rohit explained on their sedate start.

Chasing 196, West Indies were at the backfoot with both their openers, Shimron Hetmyer and Shai Hope out to Khaleel Ahmed. “Khaleel wanted the new ball and he initially looks to swing it and he has taken up the challenge well. And when he bowls that kind of a spell upfront that helps us. Jasprit Bumrah has been our premier bowler for us and the way we use him in T20s is different to ODIs,” Rohit said.

Lucknow hosted an international match for the first time in 24 years and Rohit was glad he could perform in front of a sell-out crowd. “This is a wonderful stadium, one of the best we’ve played in. Just want to thank the crowd for coming out and supporting us in huge numbers,” he said.