Ind vs Aus: Rohit reveals why he failed to perform in first two ODIs
India limited-overs’ vice-captain Rohit Sharma was recently named the ICC ODI cricketer of the year. He dominated this format through and through better than anyone else in the world. During the third and deciding ODI against Australia, Rohit Sharma became the third-fastest batsman to reach 9,000 ODI runs. The flamboyant batsman required just four runs to achieve the landmark and he unlocked the feat on Sunday’s encounter.
Rohit Sharma took 216 innings to enter the 9k club, surpassing batting greats Sourav Ganguly (228 innings), Sachin Tendulkar (235 innings) and Brian Lara 239 innings) to the feat. Indian captain Virat Kohli achieved the feat in 194 innings and is followed by de Villiers (205 innings). Case in point, Rohit Sharma was named the man of the match for his stupendous performance in the third and final ODI at M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru.
The dashing opener initially took time to settle at the crease. After gaining confidence, he went about his business and took the Australian bowling attack to cleaners. He went on to score his 29th ODI century and it was his eighth ton against Australia.
At the post-match presentation, Rohit Sharma revealed why he failed to make his presence count in the first two games where he hardly scored runs. In the first match in Mumbai, he scored just 10 runs and in the second match, he got out for 42 runs. However, Rohit was able to get the best out of himself in the series decider where he scored a terrific 119 with the help of 8 fours and 6 sixes.
“In the first two games I was trying something different and it didn’t come off. Today I just wanted to be there till the end, around the 35th over, and I was trying to push the run-rate forward because I was seeing it really well, but it didn’t come off because I miscued one,” Rohit Sharma added.