New Delhi: Having had a poor run within the first 4 ODIs in opposition to South Africa, India opener Rohit Sharma lastly made it depend within the fifth ODI on the St. George’s Park in Port Elizabeth as he hit a century to assist the group register a complete win over the Proteas and take an unassailable Four-1 lead within the six-game collection on Tuesday. Even as Shikhar Dhawan and skipper Virat Kohli acquired out after getting begins, Rohit stood floor to succeed in one other ODI hundred, his 17th.Speaking after profitable the Man of the Match award, Rohit mentioned that it was a matter of time earlier than he scored the runs as he was hitting the ball nicely.
“It was a very long time coming (smiles). I had fun within the center; as the sport went on the wicket acquired slower and slower and it wasn’t straightforward. Had enjoyable within the center and it’s at all times a very good feeling if you rating 100 and your group wins the match. We caught to our plans and am glad it got here off. You’ve acquired to maintain your self mentally match. South Africa is an effective place to play cricket and I attempt to maintain myself in the proper state of mind and it paid off. I knew I did not have to alter quite a bit and the runs would come. I stored doing the identical issues off the sector, I stored hitting the ball nicely and the boldness was there that I might rating.
“We had been in a spot of hassle once I acquired to my century and that is why the celebrations had been low key. What was essential for me was to bat lengthy and get the group to a very good rating and am glad we got here out onerous and defended it. When you get in you have to make it depend and until you play a foul shot you do not actually get out. The high three get essentially the most variety of balls to play and it’s important to make it depend. The remainder of guys put within the runs in the previous few video games and it was my day at present,” he mentioned.
It was a medical effort from the Indians as in addition they went forward to win their first ODI in opposition to South Africa on the venue after dropping the earlier 4 video games to the hosts. It was an all too acquainted script for South Africa as Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal once more spun an online after Rohit Sharma’s sensational ton as India defeated South Africa by 73 runs within the fifth ODI in Port Elizabeth and sealed the 6-match collection with one sport to go.
First Published: February 14, 2018, 11:19 AM IST