After defeating New Zealand by 7 wickets in Ranchi on Friday head coach Rahul Dravid got off to a winning start. Skipper Rohit Sharma has got off in the right direction after the team's forgetful performance in the recently concluded 2021 T20 World Cup in the UAE and Oman.
Sealing the three-match T20I series 2-0 on Friday, reactions to the debut series win under Dravid and Rohit came in from all quarters, including some current and former cricketers, as well as renowned cricket pundits.
India wicketkeeper-batter Rishabh Pant took to Twitter to express his feelings about the game and the series win.
Pant posted: "Solid effort from the team to seal the series! See you guys at Eden. @BCCI. #IndVsNz. #RP17."
Former India opener Wasim Jaffer posted a hilarious meme explaining how the series turned out to be one to forget for the visiting team. He did so in his unique style:
"This series feels a lot like this scene.#INDvNZ #IYKYK."
He also said that Dravid and Rohit could be willing to experiment in the third T20I with the series already in their bag.
"Pant completes the win in great style. Delightful chase, but the platform was set up by the bowlers, particularly R Ashwin and Harshal Patel who restricted NZ to 25-30 runs fewer than anticipated. Series in the bag allows Dravid and Rohit scope for experimentation in the 3rd match."
Pant completes win in gr8 style. Delightful chase, but the platform was set up by the bowlers, particularly R Ashwin and Harshal Patel who restricted NZ to 25-30 runs fewer than anticipated. Series in the bag allows Dravid and Rohit scope for experimentation in 3rd match— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) November 19, 2021
Former India player Dodda Ganesh also congratulated both the coach and the captain for their debut series win in their respective new roles for Team India.
"Good series win for both Rohit and Rahul on their debut, in new roles."
Good series win for both Rohit and Rahul on their debut, in new roles #INDvNZ— ದೊಡ್ಡ ಗಣೇಶ್ | Dodda Ganesh (@doddaganesha) November 19, 2021
India showed positive intent throughout as they chased down the target of 154 runs with 16 balls remaining.
Opting to field first, the Indian bowlers scared the blackcaps after New Zealand got off to a quick start. Harshal and Ashwin gave no room for the batters to time or play their shots.
Rahul and Rohit then provided a solid platform for India with a stupendous century stand for the first wicket. Pant ensured India didn't lose their way as he finished the game in style with two big hits to the fence.