Team India captain Rohit Sharma may have scored his 30th ODI century and led his side to a comfortable 3-0 whitewash against New Zealand in Indore on Tuesday (January 24), but he lost his composure in the second innings of the match. Rohit saw animated bowler hitting Shardul Thakur, who had picked up two wickets in an over.
All-rounder Shardul had Daryl Mitchell and New Zealand captain Tom Latham dismissed on successive deliveries, but the last two balls from the same over were sent to the boundary by opener Devon Conway.
Rohit Sharma walked over to Shardul at the end of the over and unleashed on his bowler for almost 10 seconds straight. In a rather animated outburst, Rohit was visibly upset as he expressed his displeasure to Shardul over those two deliveries.
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The Indian skipper criticized broadcasters for displaying footage suggesting he was underperforming and refuted talks about his form at a press conference in Indore on Tuesday (Jan. 25). Rohit looked superior in the third ODI against New Zealand, scoring his 30th ODI ton, his first since January 2020 in the 50-over format off just 83 balls.
“And for your first hundred in three years, I’ve only played twelve ODIs in three years. So three years sounds like a lot. But in those three years I’ve only played twelve or thirteen ODIs, if I’m not mistaken. No. You should know what is happening. I know, it was on the broadcast. Sometimes we have to show the right things. Also we have not played any ODI cricket in the past year. We focused a lot on T20 cricket,” said Rohit Sharma.
The Indian skipper played in just three games in 2021 and scored 90 points. In 2022, the Mumbai Indians captain played eight matches and made 249 runs at an average of 41.50.
The 35-year-old paid tribute to Mohammed Siraj who has risen through the ranks as one of the most powerful pacesetters in the Indian pace attack. Rohit acknowledged that the speed demon has developed his game according to the team’s requirements and raised his hand to perform for the team.
‘Yes, approximately, Siraj. I’ve talked about him a lot. The more cricket he played, the better he got. In terms of understanding his bowling. He understands what the team expects of him to come and take the new ball, swing the ball and get early wickets and wickets back into the middle overs. He has so many skills, he can come and do all those kinds of skills. So the more he plays, the more he plays, the better he gets,” said Rohit.
He also spoke about Umran Malik being deadly in the middle overs and said, “Umran too, I mean look, he is very young at the moment. He hasn’t played too much ODI or too much T20. But he’ll get better, you know, he’s got real talent, that’s for sure. There is something about him, but we need to support his abilities, play more games with him and see what he can offer us.”
(with ANI entries)