By Saurabh Pandey

India’s new T20I era, led by Rohit Sharma, got off to a flying start with a 3-0 thrashing of the Black Caps.

India gave T20 World Cup runners-up New Zealand the humiliation of a 3-0 series defeat with a 73-run win in the third T20 International in Kolkata on Sunday, as Rohit Sharma batted in elegance and led with finesse. The Indian captain initially made a statement, scoring 56 off 31 balls in India’s 184 for 7, and then made some excellent captaincy decisions, resulting in New Zealand’s surrender for 111 runs in 17.2 overs. It was India’s second back-to-back bilateral T20I series victory with a clean sweep.

Axar’s terrific spell of (3/9), taking their first three in powerplay made things really difficult for the kiwis and they got shattered at 111.

After all, we can’t say this was the true New Zealand for you because, after a rigorous T20 World Cup campaign, the New Zealand players were exhausted as they had to play the series just after the World Cup, with many star players missing. These factors affected the team’s play for the majority of the three games. As far as we go for team India they were regaining their play after their knockout in the World Cup.

With a new captain as Rohit and coach Rahul Dravid things kicked off very well, and this series will give men in blue some pointers for future matches.

Youngsters added to the team gave the men a fresh start Venketesh Iyer showed some potential in the matches as he bowled steadily and needs more game time to develop into a middle-order enforcer after previously being a top-order player. With his honest efforts, Harshal Patel is a good addition, but the middle order remains a bit dicey, since it failed to live up to expectations in either of the games.

Talking about the experience, the return of Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Ravichandran Ashwin in limited overs cricket bodes the team well.

In the absence of ‘Steady the ship’ Kane Williamson, the onus had been on Guptill throughout the series to bat through the innings even in his previous game he was New Zealand’s lone warrior as he was the only batter to reach 20+ runs.

Talking about the performance of Rohit, he demonstrated the ability that he talks with his performance. As Team India batted, Sharma was in commanding form, laying the foundation for an above-par total.

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