Rohit Sharma takes aim at broadcaster’s “first ODI century in 3 years” stat | cricket news

A frustrated Rohit Sharma slammed the broadcaster for showing his century in the third ODI against New Zealand, the first in “three years” as the skipper pointed out that he rarely played 50-over matches during this period for various reasons. When Rohit was pulled into deep square to score his 30th ODI century in the third game against New Zealand on Tuesday, the broadcaster flashed the statistic that it was the Indian captain’s first century since January 2020. While the statistic was true, Rohit felt it did not paint the right picture.

“As for the first century in three years, I have only played 12 (17) ODIs in three years. Three years sounds like a lot,” Rohit told reporters after the match.

“You should know what is happening. I know it was shown on air but kavi kavi oh chiz vi dhyan dena chahiye, broadcaster ko vi sahi chiz dakhana chahiye (broadcasters should give the right picture),” he added.

When asked by a reporter if it was a comeback for Rohit, who hit nine fours and six sixes in India’s 90-run win, he said, “Like I said, there was no match. 2020.” “Everyone was at home because of COVID-19. We hardly played ODIs, I was injured so I played two Tests during that time, so you have to put them in perspective.

“We were playing T20 cricket last year. And there is no better batsman in T20 cricket right now than Suryakumar Yadav. He has scored two centuries and I don’t think anyone else has.” Shardul Thakur changed the complexion of the match with his wicket-laden second spell as he took the wickets of Darryl Mitchell and Tom Latham with back-to-back deliveries before getting rid of Glenn Phillips in his next over.

“He has the ability to take wickets at crucial times for us. We have seen that not only in ODI cricket but also in Tests. He is very critical of us and where we stand as a team.

“So, I hope he continues to perform like this and it will only be good for the team and give him confidence that he can come and take wickets.

“This guy is very smart, he has played a lot of domestic cricket and understands what needs to be done.” He revealed how Shardul, Hardik Pandya and Virat Kohli conspired to dismiss New Zealand captain Tom Latham.

“In this format, you have to use your skills and he (Shardul) certainly has them. Today (Tuesday) he bowled a good knuckle ball to Tom Latham, Virat, Hardik and Shardul planned it nicely in the middle.” The skipper was also full of praise for youngster Shubman Gill, who was the highest run-scorer in the series.

“The way he has been batting in the series I don’t think much needs to be said. He understands his game, he paces his innings well and that is what we want, to go deep into the game.

“No matter how flat the pitch is, a double century is not easy and it shows. The next best score in that match (first ODI) was 34, which shows that he is calculating. He has got great maturity.” With the win, India climbed to the top of the ODI rankings but Rohit was indifferent to the achievement.

“Honestly, the rankings and everything don’t matter. We were fourth before this series. I don’t know how we were fourth because the whole of last year I don’t think we lost a series.

“We don’t read too much into it, we are ready for big tournaments. We want to be ready for everything. All these series give confidence.”

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