"By that logic.."- Rohit Sharma gave an epic reply when asked whether Rajat Patidar deserved to play in his hometown of Indore
The third game between India and New Zealand took place at the Holkar Cricket Stadium in Indore on Tuesday. India had already won the series with wins in the first two games, and they ended up winning the third and final game as well.
The hosts registered a 90-run victory in the final ODI and registered a 3-0 thrashing over the Black Caps. This series win helped Rohit Sharma and his team climb to the No. 1 ranking in the ODI format. Now India is at the top in both ODIs and T20Is, while they are ranked second in Tests.
India started well with a massive 212-run stand for the first wicket between Shubman Gill and Rohit Sharma. The Indian skipper ended his ODI century drought of three years and reached his 30th ODI ton. With this, he equaled former Australian skipper Ricky Ponting's tally of 30 ODI hundreds.
Rohit made 85 balls for 101 runs and smashed six maximums and nine boundaries. Meanwhile, Gill also scored his fourth ODI ton and third in the last four innings. He made 78-ball 112, including 13 fours and 5 sixes. India reached a massive score of 385/9, with Hardik Pandya playing a brilliant cameo in the end.
He made 54 off 38 balls with three sixes and three fours. In reply, the visitors were in the game but lost the momentum in the middle and got all out for 295 runs. It was a good effort from India in both bowling and batting, which Rohit also acknowledged in the post-match presentation.
However, he was also asked an interesting question about India's new recruit, Rajat Patidar. As the third ODI took place in Indore, which is the hometown of Patidar, Rohit was asked whether Patidar didn't deserve a chance to play in his hometown.
To which, Rohit gave an epic answer and said, "If there's a place, we would've surely, but if Patidar has to play in Indore, by that logic Ishan Kishan will also tell to play him in Ranchi (laughs)."
Patidar came in the Indian ODI squad as a replacment for injured Shreyas Iyer ahead of the first ODI. Iyer faced a back issue that ruled him out of the series, and many would have thought that Patidar might get a game, but it wasn't possible.