Skipper Ajinkya Rahane hails team's hunger to win
Harare: India skipper Ajinkya Rahane yesterday applauded his team for playing as a unit, saying that every member of the side contributed in the 3-0 whitewash against Zimbabwe in the ODI series.
Despite a sloppy start, Kedar Jadhav (105 not out) and Manish Pandey (71) put on a crucial 144-run stand to help India post 276 for five and then eventually win the match by 83 runs.
"The partnership between Manish (Pandey) and Kedar (Jadhav) was crucial for us. I am very happy for the boys.
"They were hungry and up for the series. (Ambati) Rayudu got his hundred in the first game, (Murali) Vijay in the second and Kedar here. The bowlers chipped in as well. We played as a team," said Rahane at the post-match presentation ceremony.
Rayudu was awarded the Man-of-the-Series award for his 124 not out and 41 runs in the first and second ODIs, respectively.
Asked about Rayudu’s injury, which had ruled him out of the series before yesterday’s third ODI, Rahane said: "Rayudu will be okay and will be back in action. He has been doing well for us and is a crucial member of the team."
Rayudu had pulled his right quadriceps muscles and was advised 2-3 weeks of rehabilitation.