Rohit Sharma scolds Shardul Thakur despite game-changing twin wicket over during Ind vs NZ 3rd ODI - watchJanuary 25,2023
Despite centuries from Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill as part of a stunning 212-run opening stand, it was Shardul Thakur who took away the player of the match (POTM) award in the third and final ODI of the India-New Zealand series at the Holkar Stadium in Indore.
Despite India's big score of 385, New Zealand were looking set to chase the target but Shardul Thakur's 26th over completely changed the complexion of the game. Shardul turned the game in India's favour by dismissing Daryl Mitchell and Tom Latham on consecutive deliveries.
However, Shardul conceded a couple of boundaries later in the over which visibly annoyed skipper Rohit Sharma. The furious Indian captain rushed to his bowler and was seen scolding him. Evidently, Rohit was not pleased with Shardul’s line and lengths which made the Kiwi batter's job easier.
Shardul seemed to have taken Rohit's feedback positively and bounced back in style to dismiss Glenn Phillips in the 29th over of the game. Shardul ended the day with a spell that saw him take three important wickets and concede 45 runs in six overs. He also chipped in with a valuable 17-ball 25 cameo as part of a 54-run partnership with Hardik Pandya.
However, after the game Rohit was all praise for Shardul and called him a 'magician.' "Shardul has been doing it for a while. People call him a magician in the squad," said Rohit.
Earlier in the day, Rohit broke a three-year drought to register his 30th ODI ton which saw him equal Ricky Ponting on the list of players with the most tons in history. Rohit is now behind just Sachin Tendulkar (50) and Virat Kohli (46) in the list and ensured an all-Indian top three.
Meanwhile, Shubman Gill scored another century as he got to the three-figure mark for the third time in just four games. Gill equalled Babar Azam's record for the most runs in a three-match bilateral series. He had scored a double hundred in the series opener at Hyderabad.