ENG vs IND: Rohit Sharma led India to a 2-1 ODI series win in England.© AFP
Following his side’s five-wicket win over England in the final ODI, skipper Rohit Sharma became the third captain to win an ODI series in England. Rishabh Pant‘s unbeaten 125* and his 133-run partnership with star all-rounder Hardik Pandya helped India chase down 260 in the final ODI of the three-match series at Manchester and win the series 2-1. England were bundled out for 259 thanks to some brilliant spells from the likes of Hardik Pandya (4/24) and Yuzvendra Chahal (3/60).
Chasing 260, Reece Topley destroyed India’s top order and had them at 72/4, but then Pandya-Pant stitched a match-winning stand of 133 runs.
Besides Rohit, MS Dhoni and Mohammed Azharuddin are the other two Indian captains to win an ODI series in England.
Under Dhoni’s leadership, India won a five-match ODI series against England in their own backyard by 3-1.
In 1990, under Azharuddin’s captaincy, India won a two-match ODI series in England by a margin of 2-0.
This time around, India had won the first match by 10 wickets, after bowling England out for 110.
In the second ODI, England came back strong and registered a 100-run win.
Pant’s century and Hardik’s all-round contributions then helped India nick the decider.
This 2021-2022 tour of England was extremely successful for India. They drew the Test series 2-2 and won both T20I and ODI series 2-1. They did not let England win a series in any format and that too at their own home.
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