Watch: Rohit Sharma invites KL Rahul to collect the series trophy after India wins 2-1 against Australia
KL Rahul captained India in first two ODIs in absence of regular skipper Rohit Sharma.
India captain Rohit Sharma showed immense team spirit as he called KL Rahul to collect the series winner trophy, he led the team in the first 2 ODIs against Australia which the Men in Blue won.
India came into the third and final ODI in Rajkot looking for a clean sweep over Australia. But Pat Cummins, who came back to lead the side, after resting for the second ODI, won the toss and chose to bat first.
David Warner (56) and Mitchell Marsh (96), who added 78 runs for the first wicket, gave Australia a strong start. Before losing to Kuldeep Yadav, Marsh scored 137 runs alongside Steve Smith (74) in total. After these two batsmen were dismissed, Indian bowlers increased the pressure and slowed down the scoring rate.
Despite Marnus Labuschagne’s excellent 72-ball innings, Australia could only muster 352/7. Jasprit Bumrah took 3/81 for India, and Kuldeep took 2/48.
In response, Rohit batted brilliantly, scoring 81 runs in just 56 deliveries, including 6 sixes and 5 fours. Together with Washington Sundar, who was opening the batting for the first time and scored 18 runs, they combined 74 runs for the first wicket.
Virat Kohli (56), Shreyas Iyer (48), and KL Rahul (26) all made starts but were unable to continue since the required run rate demanded early scoring from them. With his 35-run innings, Ravindra Jadeja attempted to narrow the margin of defeat, but ultimately India was bowled out for 286 runs.
Glenn Maxwell was outstanding with the ball, taking 4/40 as Australia won the match by 66 runs. The Kangaroos’ losing streak of five games was also ended.
Rohit Sharma calls KL Rahul to collect the series winner trophy
After the match and presentations ended, Rohit Sharma was asked to collect the winner’s trophy. However, in a sweet gesture, Sharma also called up KL Rahul with him to do the honors. Rahul had led the Indian team in the first two ODIs in Mohali and Indore, which India won, giving them the series.
After collecting the trophy, Rohit showed another gesture, by handing over the trophy to Saurashtra team players, who were in the Indian team jerseys as extras. India were playing with only 13 players in this match and availed the services of Saurashtra team players as extras.
Here is the video: