It was an overwhelming moment for Mohammed Siraj when he was asked to lift the cup during the team photograph after the win. India beat New Zealand by 6 runs at Thiruvananthapuram on November 7 to win the series by 2-1. The youngster made his debut in the series as India won its maiden T20I series against New Zealand. For Siraj, this match was all the more memorable as he got his maiden wicket of Kane Williamson. An emotional Siraj took his Twitter handle and shared the happiness with his followers. He wrote, “Proud moment to hold my first trophy for Indian Cricket Team #JaiHind”.
— Mohammed Siraj (@m_siraj13) November 8, 2017
KOHLI POST WIN:
Speaking at the post-match press conference, Virat Kohli explained that it was a planned move to give Pandya the final over. Kohli said,
68 (to win) was a challenging total. We wanted our best bowlers to bowl first (so that) in the end we had enough runs to defend. We had confidence in Hardik; his off-cutter is very effective. The wicket was damp and the ball was sticking into it. He executed well.
ON THE HIGH-DRAMA LAST OVER (Kohli on Pandya):
Obviously it was important to give him confidence. I tried to go to him after three balls (in the final over), but he said ‘mein daal donnga, aap tension mat lo (I will deliver, you don’t worry). As a captain, if you get that confidence from a bowler, then you don’t have to worry or tell him much.
— BCCI (@BCCI) November 7, 2017
India will now host Sri Lanka in their backyard and the first Test is on November 16.