Vastavam web: Stand-in captain Rohit Sharma Thursday described India’s batting performance as “one of the worst in a long time” after the visitors were shot out for their seventh lowest ODI total in a shocking eight-wicket loss to New Zealand in the fourth one-dayer here. In the absence of talismanic skipper Virat Kohli, who has been rested after the side claimed an unbeatable 3-0 lead in the five-match series, India’s much-vaunted batting was dismissed for 92 in 30.5 overs here with pacer Trent Boult (5/21) bowling a deadly opening spell.
“One of our worst performances with the bat for a long time. Something we didn’t expect. You got to give credit to the New Zealand bowlers. It was a magnificent effort by them,” said Rohit after a disappointing outing on his 200th ODI. “Something to learn for us. At times, you need to absorb pressure (when asked about how to bat in swinging conditions). We need to blame ourselves for it. Things were looking good at one stage. It was about applying ourselves,” he said at the post-match presentation ceremony.
The skipper said poor shot selection was the cause behind India’s terrible showing on Thursday. “Once you get in, things will start to look easier. We played some bad shots as well. It’s always challenging when the ball is swinging,” Rohit said. “We have been enjoying a good run in the limited formats for a number of series. Everyone knows what went wrong. There will be times when it swings and we need to deal with it. “We didn’t expect the surface to behave like this. Nice to restrict them to a 90-odd total. It stood up a little bit and nipped a bit. It spun as well. One of those days, things went well,” he said.
“Credit to the areas guys bowled. We always wanted early wickets, to be able to do that was a real step at the right direction.” Terming his bowlers’ effort as “outstanding”, Williamson said their plan always was to dismantle India’s batting unit with swing. “It was swinging, that was a weapon we wanted to use because we were able to put India under pressure, we were able to pick regular wickets. “We exploited the conditions really well and chased down nicely as well. We always play to win and today was an outstanding performance,” he said.
“Against a team like India, it’s going to be a strong challenge. An opportunity to play against best team in the world is a great opportunity to improve,” he said. Man-of-the-match Boult said it was satisfying to be able to exploit the conditions to perfection against a side like India.