Team India captain Rohit Sharma finally ended his century’s drought when he crushed New Zealand’s all-park bowling attack in Indore on Tuesday (January 24). India openers Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill showed no mercy to the Kiwis bowlers on a flat pitch at Holkar Cricket Stadium. Fans have been waiting a long time to see the Indian skipper score a hundred as the last time he got three figures was in 2021, September 2 against England at the Oval.
Check out the reactions below after Rohit ended his century-long drought…
Rohit Sharma is back. Common #INDvNZ
— Dalmia (@thesonofsports) January 24, 2023
Finally, the century drought is over! — Hyara (@_PopsicleHyara) January 24, 2023
Finally! Well done Rohit, this century should have been long overdue. I hope he can keep this good form during the World Cup alongside Shubman, Virat and the others and that we can finally win again. — arj (@hooparj) January 24, 2023
Gill and Rohit’s intent is pretty clear — Shreyas Lokesh (@Lokeshbabumajji) January 24, 2023
The right-handed batter reached the triple digit mark in just 82 balls crushing 9 bounds and 6 maxima with a batting frequency of over 120. In addition to Rohit, the last man to score a double barrel, Shubman Gill got another hundred in 72 balls with 13 boundaries and 4 maximums to give India a fiery start in the third ODI between the Men in Blue and New Zealand.
New Zealand skipper Tom Latham used a whopping six bowlers and it was his sixth option — spinner Michael Bracewell — that gave the tourists their first breakthrough. Rohit tried to slog one out of the park but missed the ball while staying low and turned to finally hit the stumps. His wicket was met with a roar from the partisan crowd, who welcomed Virat Kohli (36).
A wrong shot in the next over ended Gill’s innings as New Zealand struck twice in quick succession. Ishan Kishan (17) didn’t look too comfortable and took nine balls to open his account. A yes-no with Kohli, who had sprinted halfway, marked the end of the wicket-keeper-batter’s stay in the centre. New Zealand were able to bring down the bounds and sixes and, looking for a big shot, Kohli couldn’t beat Finn Allen at the halfway mark. Looking for a score of over 400, India experienced a well-known middle-class collapse, before Hardik Pandya (54) brought the final boom. (with PTI inputs)