After a three-year wait for his first three-digit score in One Day Internationals (ODIs) on Tuesday, Indian skipper Rohit Sharma racked up a blistering century in India’s comfortable victory over New Zealand at Indore. Veteran Indian opener Rohit got his 30th ODI ton, equaling Ricky Ponting’s century record. When he reached his century in the third ODI against New Zealand on Tuesday, the broadcaster flashed the statistic that it was the Indian skipper’s first ton since January 2020.
While the statistic is true, Rohit felt it didn’t paint the right picture.
“As for the first hundred in three years, I have only played 12 (17) ODIs in three years. Three years sounds like a lot,” Rohit told reporters after India whitewashed New Zealand 3-0 in the post-90 series The team’s run victory in the final ODI.
“You guys should know what’s going on. I know it’s on broadcast, but kabhi kabhi woh cheez bhi dhyan dena chahiye, broadcaster ko bhi sahi cheez dikhana chahiye (the broadcasters should give the right picture)”, he added.
When a journalist further asked if it was the return of the ‘Hitman’, a nickname used for him, Rohit, who hit nine fours and six sixes in India’s 90-run win, said, “What kind of a comeback? I did” I don’t get it Oh, someone must have told you Look, out of those last three years everyone was home for eight months (in 2020) Where were the games last year we only played T20 cricket.
As mentioned, there were no games in 2020. Everyone was at home due to COVID-19. We hardly played any ODIs, I was injured so I played two Tests in that time, so you have to put all that into perspective.
“Last year we played T20 cricket. And in T20 cricket at the moment there is no better batsman than Suryakumar Yadav. He has hit two hundred and I don’t think anyone else has.”
Centuries after opener Rohit and his partner-in-crime Shubman Gill sealed India’s 90-run victory over New Zealand at Holkar Cricket Stadium. Reflecting on India’s memorable series win, Indian skipper Rohit paid tribute to all-rounder Shardul Thakur for leading the hosts’ fight back with the ball in the high-scoring match.
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Indian all-rounder Shardul took three crucial wickets for India and the pacesetter was also named Player of the Match. “Shardul has been doing it for a while. People call him a magician in the team and he came and performed,” said Rohit during the post-match presentation. Indian skipper Rohit also opened up about his century’s drought after praising batsman Shubman Gill and spin wizard Kuldeep Yadav for their outstanding performances in the New Zealand series.
“Every time I’ve given the ball to Kuldeep he’s made breakthroughs and taken important wickets. The wrist spinners get better with time. Gill’s approach is pretty much the same every game. Wants to start every match again. As a youngster in the coming on the team and having that attitude is great. He could have taken it lightly, but he doesn’t seem to be that type. Today’s hundred means a lot to me. I hit well, so it was about going the extra mile. The field was good today,” said Rohit.
Rohit had last recorded an ODI century against Australia at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in 2020. On Tuesday, batting icon Rohit completed his century in just 83 balls, making the record-tying 30th ton his second-fastest century in ODIs. The 35-year-old also equaled Sanath Jayasuriya’s record of having the second most ODI centuries (28) as an opener. India’s all-format captain has amassed 9,782 runs in 241 ODIs.