New Delhi. The first match of the 3-match T20 series between India and New Zealand will be played in Jaipur on Wednesday. A new Indian team will be seen in this match. The Indian T20 team will be captained by Rohit Sharma and the head coach will be Rahul Dravid. Both will start their new journey from Jaipur itself. In fact, after the end of India’s campaign in the T20 World Cup 2021, Virat Kohli left the captaincy of the T20 team. At the same time, the tenure of head coach Ravi Shastri was also completed with this tournament. Now the responsibility of the team is in the hands of Rahul and Rohit.
Rohit is counted among the explosive openers of the world today, but very few people will remember his international cricket debut. Actually Rohit could not get a chance to bat in his debut match. He made his international debut on 23 June 2007 in an ODI match against Ireland under the captaincy of Rahul Dravid. The two recalled their first meeting before making a fresh start with the T20I series against New Zealand.
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Head coach Dravid said that we were talking about this in the team bus. How time flies with wings. He said that I knew Rohit even before that, when we were playing a challenger in Madras. He said that everyone knew that Rohit is special. I never thought that after so many years I would get a chance to work with him. What he has achieved in all these years with the Indian team and with Mumbai Indians is commendable.
Recalling his debut, Rohit said that when I was selected in 2007, I got a chance to talk to Dravid in a camp in Bangalore. There was little talk and I was quite nervous. The Indian captain said that I could not talk much to people of my age, so leave more talk with these people. Recalling the moment of his debut, he said that for the first time in Ireland, Dravid told me that I was playing that match. For me it was like a dream come true. A lot has happened since then.