Indian opener Rohit Sharma continued his dream run against the Aussies, as he piled up two impressive centuries and played a big part in India’s dominant 4-1 series victory over Australia.
Known in the team as ‘The Hitman’, Sharma was particularly good in Nagpur, as he blitzed 125 in 109 balls. This came after he did not score off the first 14 balls that he faced, which is a testament to his striking ability and talent.
In the post match press conference, Sharma revealed what he felt was the reason why India beat the Australians so convincingly in the series.
“We’ve played in these conditions so many times and they understand that they need to keep sticking to their strength. One boundary here and there doesn’t make a difference. That’s been their attitude throughout the tournament and we go out in the middle to take wickets, not to look to get the strike-rate down,” mentioned Rohit.
“All the bowlers who participated in this tournament have gone with this mindset of taking wickets. When you’re doing that you will obviously strike at some point during the game and pull the match back towards you. That is what these guys have done, all the spinners and the fast bowlers as well. All the compliments should go to them as well, the way they have bowled as a bowling unit throughout the tournament,” he added.
Sharma also spoke about his partnership with Rahane, which proved to be extremely fruitful in the absence of regular opener Shikhar Dhawan.
“We have played a lot of cricket together in Mumbai and we understand each other and we know each other’s game really well. We talk a lot in the middle, about when we need to take risk and when we need not. These are the little things that really help in building a partnership. In the last three games, we’ve got hundred-run partnerships and that’s only through the communication we’ve had in the middle,” quoted Rohit Sharma.