Well, if one looks closely at the runs scored by Indian opener and hero of the quarter finals, it does not appear to be outstanding. He has scored 15, 0, 57, 7, 64 and 16 runs in the last 6 innings he had played in this World Cup. But by virtue of his swashbuckling 137 runs, he proved a savior for Team India today against Bangladesh.
After scoring his second scintillating century at Melbourne cricket ground today, he has opined that he was determined to make this particular innings count at this stage of the tournament. It is worthwhile to highlight that no Team has ever chased 300 plus in this venue where the final will also be played.
During an in between break, Rohit Sharma said, “It is the World Cup quarter-final, so I wanted to make it count. I am glad we eventually posted a good total and now it is important to come back and defend.”
Despite making a slow start, Rohit eventualy gathered momentum in the middle as he kept the score card ticking and hauling the bowlers all around the field to generate 14 boundaries and three huge sixes in his 126-ball innings.
He elaborated, “It was important for me stay at the crease, especially knowing we lost a few wickets in the middle. We knew it would be slow and low, so I wanted to take my time. I knew if I could stay till the 35th over I could make it count.”
Commenting on the impact of a short rain delay in the 39th over of the encounter he described, “After the rain, the ball came on nicely. It was important to hold your shape and then play your shots”.
This happens to be the 7th ODI century for this 27 year old star of the day.
Incidentally, only two other non-Australian batsmen were able to score two centuries at the MCG, namely David Gower and Viv Richards.
Hope Rohit Sharma will continue to display his tremendous batting skills in the days to come.