New Delhi: Ace opener Rohit Sharma lastly roared again to type as he slammed an imposing ton to assist Team India beat South Africa by 73 runs to clinch their first ever ODI sequence win within the ‘Rainbow Nation’ in Port Elizabeth on Tuesday.Before the fifth ODI, the ‘Men in Blue’ had by no means tasted success at this venue of their earlier 5 makes an attempt and however all that modified when runs began to circulation off Rohit’s bat and the guests placed on yet one more dominating efficiency within the six-match sequence.
Moreover, within the earlier 5 contests at St. George’s Park Cricket Ground, South Africa had restricted India to lower than 200 on all of the 5 events and India’s finest rating in these 5 innings earlier than Tuesday’s match was 179, which they managed to attain within the 1997 season.
Also, India’s rating of 274 was one of many highest group scores by the guests towards South Africa in South Africa. Interestingly, 4 of those 5 highest scores have come on this sequence itself and that claims all of it in regards to the may of India’s present batting line-up.
Coming again to Rohit Sharma, the India opener might be mightily relieved after scoring his maiden ton in South Africa, though he may not wish to agree.
“I got out in three matches only, how can you say form is bad after just three matches? You guys put people in good form after one match, and if somebody doesn’t have three good matches, you say he is in bad form,” Rohit stated in the course of the post-match convention.
“In 2013, it was different. I had just turned into an opener from a middle-order batsman. The way I am batting now, it has evolved a lot. Whatever happened before 2013 and in 2013, forget about that,” he added, referring to his poor previous report in South Africa.
However, behind this courageous face that he’s placing up for the world to see, the right-hander might be respiration a sigh of reduction as numbers do not lie.
Before this ODI, Rohit averaged simply 11.45 in South Africa towards the Proteas and now, he averages 20.08, which is sort of double. Moreover, Kagiso Rabada had made a behavior of dismissing him early within the innings as he had despatched Rohit Sharma packing thrice in fours matches, this sequence.
In the fifth ODI, Rohit virtually scored the identical variety of runs he managed to attain in his final 12 innings however fell quick by 11 runs as he was lastly dismissed for a well-made 115.
Nonetheless, it is higher late than by no means for Rohit Sharma in addition to for Team India as each have been chasing a primary in South Africa. For as soon as, Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli didn’t shine on the high, however Rohit ensured that one among India’s high three got here up with the products so far as runs are involved.
First Published: February 14, 2018, 5:29 PM IST