Rohit Sharma    AFP
Rohit Sharma AFP

With New Zealand needing 30 off 18, they were on course for a famous series win against India. However, Jasprit Bumrah’s match-winning spell dashed their hopes. Although Bhuvneshwar Kumar might have had a tough day in the third and final ODI, he scalped an important wicket of Henry Nicholls at a crucial juncture. On the other hand, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli had a dream run at Kanpur. The made a number of records.

On his way to 15th ODI century, Rohit also amassed 1,000 ODI runs in 2017. The first was Virat Kohli, of course. To add more glitter to his record list, Rohit also scored second-most number of sixes (150) by an India in ODIs.

After the thrilling series, Rohit hailed the death-bowling experts Bhuvneshwar and Bumrah for India s success.

On India s best death bowlers

I think we have the two best death bowlers. If you look at the last series against Australia, the way they have bowled, you have to praise them a lot. Because if you look at Australia s batting, with their power hitting, those were the two bowlers who got us back most of the times. Even in this match there was so much dew, the ball was wet to be able to defend on that kind of wicket, with two set batsmen. We are talking about two best death bowlers in world currently. On this wicket, in these conditions, 35 required in four overs, it should have been made easily. It s only because of these two that we could pull the game back.

Satisfied with his performance

I started off very cautiously because I understand the threat of Tim Southee and Trent Boult with the new ball. And once the shine of the ball was gone, it was about me not making mistakes and getting out. I have played here a few times now and I understand the nature of the wicket. So unless you make a mistake, you are not going to get out. And the most important thing about my batting was the partnership. Because once you get stuck in the partnership, it s always difficult (for the bowlers).