In a thrilling encounter against Afghanistan, India secured a remarkable win in the third T20I, ultimately clinching the series 3-0. Indian skipper Rohit Sharma, who notched a record-breaking fifth T20I century, praised the emerging talent of middle-order batter Rinku Singh. The duo’s impressive partnership of 190 runs proved pivotal in India’s recovery from a shaky start, taking them to a formidable 212/4 in 20 overs.
Rohit highlighted the importance of Rinku’s calm demeanor and strategic batting approach, noting his significant contributions in recent series. Singh, showcasing his finishing skills, has scored 356 runs in 15 games for India, boasting an average of 89.00 and a strike rate exceeding 176.
Despite Afghanistan’s spirited efforts, India’s total proved challenging to chase. Gurbaz and Zadran’s strong start and Naib’s explosive innings set the stage for a nail-biting finish. The match saw not one but two Super Overs, a rare occurrence according to Rohit, who recalled a similar instance in an IPL game.
In the end, India emerged victorious in the second Super Over, securing the series sweep. Rohit Sharma, with his stellar performance, earned the ‘Player of the Match’ award, while Shivam Dube, contributing with both bat and ball, claimed the ‘Player of the Series’ honor. The T20I series showcased India’s resilience, Rinku Singh’s rising star, and the team’s ability to overcome challenges, setting an optimistic tone for future engagements.