'India will be happy their faith in Rohit Sharma paid off'

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By : Sunil Gavaskar/PMG
Last Updated: Tue, Oct 04, 2016 00:03 hrs
Eden Test - Day 3

India's comprehensive win over New Zealand has not only sealed the series for the hosts but it gives them the Number One ICC Test rankings as well.

The pitch in Indore will not be as challenging as the one at Eden Gardens was but India's bowlers have established an ascendancy over the Kiwi batsmen that will be hard to shake off.

Kane Williamson's absence was felt keenly by the visitors. He has the technique and more importantly the temperament to bat in all kinds of situations. Even he would have been challenged to his full by the up and down pitch at the Eden Gardens.

Tom Latham showed once again that he is New Zealand's batsman for the future with his solid approach. There were no panic shots that such a pitch brings about and his calm method should have inspired the others in the team too but that didn't quite happen.

India will be happy that their faith in Rohit Sharma paid off when he ensured that there was no collapse after India had lost their top four batsmen with not too many runs on the board and with the Player of the Match Wriddhiman Saha he took the Indian total beyond the capability of New Zealand batsmen. Sharma is capable of taking any attack apart in Indian conditions and his free stroking ability can quickly take the game away as New Zealand found out. Sharma had made his Test debut at the Eden Gardens with a century and he has the highest individual score of 264 in 50 overs cricket at the Eden too. Ask any player and he will admit that there are certain grounds where he feels invincible and for Sharma it's definitely the Eden Gardens.

India's bowlers shared the spoils and justified India's tactics of going in with four bowlers. The early inroads that Bhuvaneshwar Kumar and Mohammed Shami make opens the doors for Ashwin and Jadeja and with India's fielding once again being top class, New Zealand will have to bring about a mini miracle not to be swept away in Indore.

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