Hamilton, Jan 31 : After losing out badly to New Zealand by eight wickets on Thursday, stand-in captain Rohit Sharma said that it was one of his worst performances with the bat, for a long time.
The visitors were bowled out for their seventh lowest ODI total in the fourth one-dayer. It was India's lowest total in the ODIs at 54, against Sri Lanka at Sharjah in 2000.
"One of our worst performances with the bat for a long time. Something we didn't expect. You got to give credit to the New Zealand bowlers. It was a magnificent effort by them," he said at the post-match presentation ceremony.
Rohit failed to make his 200th appearance for India, as he lost his wicket in the eighth over.It is for the seventh time in the history that the Men in Blue have failed to cross the 100-run mark in the 50-overs match.
Apart from speaking about his team's performance, Rohit didn't forget to appreciate the hosts and said, "Something to learn for us. At times, you need to absorb pressure (when asked about how to bat in swinging conditions). We need to blame ourselves for it. Things were looking good at one stage. It was about applying ourselves".
After being bowled out for paltry 92 runs in 30.5 overs, where Trent Boult claimed a five-wicket, while Colin de Grandhomme also hepled Kiwis, by sending three top batsmen to pavilion.
Ross Taylor scored an unbeaten knock of 37 runs and shared a match-winning 54-run stand with Henry Nicholls (30*). The skipper went ahead and said poor shot selection led team India towards the terrible defeat.
"Once you get in, things will start looking easier. We played some bad shots as well. It's always challenging when the ball is swinging," Rohit said. With this win, India are 3-1 up in the five-match ODI series. However, India have already won the series, after taking an unassailable 3-0 lead on Monday. UNI