‘They Want to be Here’: Rohit Proud of His ‘Spirited Set of Guys’ After Series-Clinching Win in Ranchi

Curated By: Aakash Biswas

Last Updated: February 26, 2024, 14:47 IST

Rohit Sharma reserves massive praise on Indian youngsters

Rohit Sharma reserves massive praise on Indian youngsters

The likes of Yashasvi Jaiswal, Sarfaraz Khan, Dhruv Jurely and lately, Akash Deep have powered India to yet another Test series win at home and making their captain proud.

Indian on Monday registered the 17th consecutive Test series win on home soil, defeating England by 5 wickets in the Ranchi Test and taking an unassailable 3-1 lead in the 5-match series. Captain Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill smashed resilient half-centuries while wicketkeeper-batter Dhruv Jurel made notable contributions on both innings to take India through.

The ongoing series has been challenging for the hosts, especially when they lacked the presence of senior figures like Virat Kohli and Mohammed Shami. The team management had no options other than relying on the fresh faces and in return, there were no regrets.

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The likes of Yashasvi Jaiswal, Sarfaraz Khan, Dhruv Jurely and lately, Akash Deep have powered India to yet another Test series win at home. Highlighting their contribution and the hardships they have been through, skipper Rohit Sharma said ‘he was proud of the boys’.

“It’s been a very hard-fought series. To come to the right side of it at the end of 4 Tests, I’m feeling very proud of the boys – I’m happy at having achieved what we wanted to do, a very composed and very spirited set of guys. It clearly tells me that they want to be here, all the hard grind, in local and domestic cricket,” Rohit said at the post-match presentation.

“It’s a big challenge to play Test cricket, but the response has been quite encouraging. The only work for Rahul bhai and me is to get things done. They’re very clear at what they want to do,” he added.

The skipper further mentioned Jurel’s terrific knocks that strengthened India across innings. Playing just his second Test, the wicketkeeper-batter from Agra scored a valiant 90 before aiding Gill with an unbeaten 39 in the second innings to forge a match-winning 52-run stand.

“Jurel, in his second Test, showed a lot of composure and has the shots as well. His 90 in the first innings brought us close to England’s total and he showed a lot of calmness and maturity in the 2nd innings,” Rohit added.

“It wasn’t easy for these guys to come and fill their shoes, there was a lot of pressure from outside, not inside, a lot of things were written and spoken about, but performances like this will motivate them to do better in the future,” the Indian captain said.

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With one more game left in the series, in Dharamsala, Rohit said the team will look to play their best game and try to finish on a winning note.

“We turn up to every Test match thinking we will win, we’re not going to dwell into the past, we’re 3-1 ahead with a Test to go. A lot of the guys haven’t been used to playing a 5-Test series, but we’ll go there to do the same job and try to win the last Test as well,” Rohit concluded.

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