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‘First ODI ton in 3 years’: Rohit Sharma aims for broadcaster | Cricket news

INDORE: Rohit Sharma was not too happy with BCCI’s official broadcaster Star sports shows his 85-ball 101 in the third ODI against New Zealand at Holkar Stadium on Tuesday was the Indian captain’s first in this form in three years.
In response to a question about the three-year gap between his 29th and 30th ODI centuries – his last ton in this format came against Australia in January 2020, a visibly annoyed Rohit said: “As for the first hundred in three years, I have played just 12 ODIs in three years, so three years sounds like a lot.”

When the journalist told him it was not a critical observation of him, Rohit shot back: “You guys should know what’s going on. I know it was shown on the air, sometimes you (the broadcasters) have to show the right things too. Last year we didn’t play ODI cricket, we focused a lot on T20 cricket. So sometimes people have to keep things in mind… the broadcasters have to show the right things.

When another reporter questioned him again about the fact that there were rumors that the ‘Hit Man’ has made a smashing ‘comeback’ with a century, Rohit fired again: ‘What kind of a comeback? I did not understand. Oh, someone must have told you! Look, from those last three years, for eight months (in 2020), everyone was home. Where were the matches? Last year we only played T20 cricket. In T20 cricket nowadays no one hits better than Suryakumar Yadav. He’s scored 2 hundreds (in T20Is), and I don’t think anyone else has scored a century. As for Tests, I only played 2 games, against Sri Lanka (last year), being injured in between. So you see all this before you make news.”

Asked or injured pacer Jasprit Bumrah could return to the Indian team for the last two Tests against Australia, Rohit said the team did not want to rush him into a comeback and wanted to give him enough time to recover from his back injury. “I hope, don’t expect him to play the next 2 Tests (versus the Aussies). But again, we don’t want to take any chances with him. You know that back injuries are always, always critical. We also have a lot of cricket coming up after that. So we’ll see. We have been in constant contact with NCA’s physios and doctors. We hear from them all the time,” the India skipper said.

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