India vs Zimbabwe 3rd ODI: I always knew I had the game to do well in every format, says KL Rahul

KL RahulHarare: A superb bowling by Jasprit Bumrah (4/22), followed by unbeaten half centuries from KL Rahul (63*) and debutant Faiz Fazal (55*) helped Indian beat Zimbabwe by 10 wickets in the third ODI of the three-match series, which India won 3-0, here on Wednesday.

KL Rahul, who was declared the player of the match and man of the series, said, “I always knew I had the game to do well in every format. It was just a matter of time. The last couple of months have been really good. To come out here and perform the way I have is really pleasing. All credit to our bowlers for making our job easy. I knew I could go out there, take my time and play proper cricketing shots. It was a challenge for me to remain calm and play my natural game. I'm not thinking about West Indies yet. What's on my mind right now is to switch to the T20 format.”

Indian skipper MS Dhoni said, “I think the execution has been really good, and that's the key factor. The fast bowlers and the spinners took wickets and put pressure. So I'm happy with the bowling performance. I don't mind winning games easily. That's what you are supposed to do. Yes, it would have been nice if a few of the other batsmen would have had a break. I think after a long time, I will take some time off cricket after this series (T20Is).”

Meanwhile, Zimbabwe skipper Graeme Cremer said, “We didn't see through the new ball to put up 260-270 which we thought was par. We got stuck in middle period, and then lost the grip. We just couldn't rotate the strike and that put pressure on our batsmen. We have a T20I squad, and we know we can challenge good teams on our day. We'll have to pick ourselves up to try and compete in that series.”