Rohit Sharma: It was a near perfect win but not too happy with my knock, says Rohit Sharma | Cricket News


SYDNEY: India captain Rohit Sharma was ecstatic with his side’s “almost perfect” win over the The Netherlands but “not too happy” about his own 53-run knock in the T20 World Cup on Thursday.
Rohit had four hits to the fence and three maximums in his 39-ball innings as India posted 179 for two and then restricted the Netherlands to 123 for nine for a 56-run win.
India scored 32 in the power play after losing the opener KL Rahulbut Rohit and Kohli added 73 runs from 56 runs.

“Not happy with my fifty,” said Rohit, who was dropped in Tim Pringle bowled by Fred Klaassen in the fifth over.
“But what’s important is getting runs – doesn’t matter if they’re good runs or ugly runs. At the end of the day, it’s about keeping the confidence high,” Rohit said at the post-match presentation said.

It was only his third T20 fifty in 2022 and the innings helped set the platform as Virat Kohli (62) and Suryakumar Yadav (51) lifted the team to a good total.
“I thought it was a clinical win. Looking at the way they qualified for the Super 12s, credit to them. However, we always looked at what we could do with ourselves, never mind the opposition .To be honest, it was an almost perfect win,” he said.
“Yes, we played a bit slow in the beginning but that was the conversation between me and Virat, we had to wait on that surface to play the big shots.”
Dutch captain Scott Edwards admitted the stand between Kohli and Surya was the difference between the two sides.
“We came here to win and put in a good performance but against these kind of sides you have to be on the money or they will make you pay. The way those two batsmen played in the end and they went 180 took was always going to be difficult,” he said.
“We bowled pretty well, but if you don’t get the wickets and with the batting order they have, it was always going to be difficult to restrict them.”
Suryakumar, who was named the Player of the Match for his whirlwind 51 off 25 balls, said, “I just tried to express myself when I went in to bat. The situation was very simple, I just had to speed up time.
“I took one ball today (to get going) but the message was loud and clear. We needed to get about 8-10 overs and get a total that our bowlers could easily defend. Very happy with how things went.”
Kohli and Surya once again produced a scintillating partnership and added an unbeaten 95 off 48 balls.
“Enjoy batting with him (Kohli), the mind is very clear when we are both batting. If I get some boundaries earlier, our partnership needs to be stretched and that is what we are doing.”
India will play South Africa next Sunday in Perth.


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