India whitewashed New Zealand at home to become the No. 1 ranked ODI team on Tuesday (January 24). The Men in Blue beat the visitors by 90 runs on the back of brilliant centuries from Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill followed by a three-wicket haul by Shardul Thakur as well as Kuldeep Yadav.
However, during the post-match press conference a journalist asked Rohit Sharma on why Rajat Patidar did not play in Indore. The journalist questioned the Indian skipper, “Didn’t Rajat Patidar deserve to play at his home ground in Indore?” To this the Indian skipper politely answered, “If there is a place, we would have surely.”
Rohit Sharma further added that if we have to see the home ground and make players play, then Ishan Kishan should also play in Ranchi, leaving everyone in splits. “If Patidar has to play in Indore, by that logic Ishan Kishan will also tell to play him in Ranchi,” Rohit quoted.
India go at No. 1 in ICC Men’s ODI Rankings
After India’s 3-0 whitewash, the Men in Blue went top of the points table in the ICC Men’s ODI Rankings. The Rohit Sharma-led side will aim to continue this moment with the ODI Men’s World Cup scheduled to take place in India later in the year.