India was the firm favorite going into the final T20 clash against host New Zealand. After all, India won the ODI series comfortably. Indian regular skipper Virat Kohli was rested for the T20 Series leaving Vice Captain Rohit Sharma in charge.
Final and third T20 match proved to be a huge disappointment for Indian fans, as India lost the match by just 4 runs. Batting first, NZ put a massive target of 212 in 20 overs. Openers Colin Munro (72 runs of 40 balls) and Tim Seifert (43 runs of 25) gave a solid start to New Zealand.
Chasing a target of 213, India lost the first wicket of Shikhar Dhawan in the first over. However, Vijay Shankar and Rishabh Pant played superb knocks and scored some quick runs putting India in the hunt of the big chase. At one point it looks like India would win the game comfortably when Pant and Rohit were batting in the middle. However, two successive wickets of MSD and Hardik Pandya proved crucial, as India fall just short of the target. Everyone played their part, but India didn’t win the game and lost the series in the process.
Fans are not happy with the way Indian Skipper Rohit Sharma played. He scored 38 runs in 32 balls, which is pretty bad if your team is chasing more than 200 in 20 overs. Many fans started trolling Sharma for his slow innings. Many of them even blamed him for the defeat.
This Is How Twitter Reacted:
Worst captaincy and batting from rohit sharma coupled with worst fielding by team india…never deserved to win t20 serise…#indvsnz
— TATHAGATA MUKHERJEE (@TATHAGA77763159) February 10, 2019
— Batman (@Anonymo37180133) February 10, 2019
@ImRo45 motuu big tummy you think you are better captain than virat. Poor innings played today…
— Rahul (@Rahul51313202) February 10, 2019
@ImRo45 38 in 32 cost us the 3rd t20. it's like u wr playing to loose
— Virendrapatade (@Virendrapatade1) February 10, 2019
@ImRo45 today India lost bcoz of ur slow innings. Lowest strike rate amongst all.
— Rahul Mishra (@onlyrahulmishra) February 10, 2019
@BCCI , @msdfansofficial , @msdhoni , #SelectDugout @imVkohli , yeh keys ho Raha hain ! Rohit Sharma sd nvr b givn d Captaincy. Totally wrong captaincy from d begng. BCCI sd gv cptncy to MS Dhoni again , in absnc of Virat. Another sarmnk har after 92!
— Tapasi Sengupta (@TapasiSengupta2) February 10, 2019
— MunNaa 🏌️♀️ (@Munnaa09) February 10, 2019
Dear BCCI @BCCI
Its Time to improve Captaincy records of Asli Captain RO. So, please arrange second edition of Nidahas Trophy😩😭
— Cricket Freak🤷♂️ (@naveensurana06) February 10, 2019
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