Former Indian cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar was delighted to see Team India deliver another clinical performance in the World Cup year on Tuesday. After taking an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three match series against New Zealand, Rohit Sharma and Co. the Black Caps in the dead rubber at Holkar Cricket Stadium in Indore. Starring India’s comfortable victory over the Tom Latham-led side, skipper Rohit and opener Shubman Gill set a record opening partnership against New Zealand in ODI cricket.
While opener Gill reeled in his fourth ODI ton, skipper Rohit ended his long century wait in the 50-over format. The veteran opener broke his first century in three years, as India put up a massive total in the third and final meeting of the bilateral series in Indore. Reflecting on Rohit’s batting masterclass, former cricketer Manjrekar praised the Indian skipper for playing a vital role in India’s 90-run victory over the Kiwis in Indore.
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“I like this Rohit Sharma, also in these T20s. This is the way to play. 100s should be incidental, they should be the by-product of the way you play and when India puts down a platform like that despite a collapse” India had many runs on the board. This is the Rohit Sharma that I love,” Manjrekar said Star sports.
Rohit crushed 101 off 85 balls as India posted a match-winning aggregate of 385-9 in the 50-over match. The 35-year-old matched Ricky Ponting’s incredible performance of 30 ODI centuries at Indore. Rohit is behind only Sachin Tendulkar (49) and Virat Kohli (46) in the list of batters with the most ODI centuries. The Indian skipper has amassed 9,782 runs in 241 ODIs for the two-time world champions.
“New Zealand missed three or four key players, but that doesn’t take anything away from India, especially tonight, where they lost the toss. India put the points on the board, so much so that it nearly drove the opposition down the total to chase despite the dew advantage. This is something you can keep watching and enjoying. When a team is sent to bat first after losing the coin toss, the team that bats second generally comes very close, but look at the margin today – a 90-run win, so well done by the batsmen and the bowlers,” added Manjrekar.