Rohit Sharma, the Team India captain was not happy with the ‘first century in three years’ comment from the media and broadcaster after he brought up his 30th ODI century against New Zealand in the third ODI. Rohit Sharma slammed the broadcaster while answering a question on the same in the post-match press conference.
The Team India skipper finally ended his century drought as he reached three figures against New Zealand in the third unbeaten ODI. Rohit Sharma’s century laid the foundation for India’s 90-run win in the series finale and the resulting 3-0 series sweep, however, the skipper was not really happy with host broadcaster Star Sports showing his century as his first in three years.
Rohit Sharma feels 3 years without a century as he has played only 12 ODIs in that period
In the post-match press conference, Rohit Sharma was visibly annoyed by the question and slammed the broadcaster for not putting the information in context and not showing the “right things”. Rohit Sharma, who scored his last ODI century against Australia in 2020, was annoyed when a reporter asked him about the three-year gap between his 29th and 30th centuries in the 50-over format.
After answering questions about Jasprit Bumrah and tracking his progress, Rohit Sharma said, “Regarding the first century in three years, I have only played 12 ODIs in three years, so three years sounds like a lot.
Rohit Sharma took another shot at the broadcaster when the journalist got defensive saying that he did not criticize him on the question.
The skipper added, “You should know what is happening. I know it was shown on air, sometimes, you (broadcasters) have to show the right things. Last whole year, we didn’t play ODI cricket, we concentrated a lot on T20 cricket. So, sometimes, people should remember things… broadcasters should show the right things.”
Since the century in 2020, Rohit Sharma has played just 11 ODIs in two years, 2021 (three) and 2022 (eight) before six matches in 2023. Rohit Sharma started all five matches against Sri Lanka and New Zealand but did not get big scores. However, at last he reached the mark. The captain wasn’t done yet.
Rohit Sharma feels it wasn’t a big comeback for him
In the last few innings, Rohit Sharma scored 27 and 51* (against Bangladesh), 83,17, and 42 (against Sri Lanka), 34 and 51 in the first two New Zealand vs IND ODIs. His last ODI century came against Australia in January 2020 before his 101 in the 3rd NZ vs IND ODI.
Since that ODI sen in 2020, Rohit Sharma has played 16 ODIs and managed 5 fifties during that time, but his century column remains empty after a gap of 17 ODIs. He started many times but was unable to score and score a century until the 3rd NZ vs IND ODI.
To another question on whether the innings was a ‘big comeback’ for Rohit Sharma, the 35-year-old quipped to the reporter, “What kind of comeback? I haven’t got it. Oh, someone must have told you! Look, in the last three years, eight months (2020 In the year), everyone was at home.”
“Where were the matches? Last year we played only T20 cricket. There is no better batsman in T20 cricket these days than Suryakumar Yadav. He scored 2 centuries (in T20Is), and I don’t think anyone else has scored a century. As for Tests, I played only 2 matches, against Sri Lanka (last year), when I got injured. So, check all this before you make your news.”
In reply, New Zealand were bowled out for 295 in 41.2 overs, aided by Devon Conway’s 100-ball 138. While captain Rohit Sharma made 101 off 85 balls, youngster Shubman Gill made 112 off 78 balls, after the visitors asked. India is batting at Holkar Cricket Stadium. Virat Kohli scored 36 off 27 balls after the opening pair added 212 runs in 26.1 overs. Later, Hardik Pandya powered India with 54 runs off 38 balls.
Summary Score: India: 385 for 9 in 50 overs (Rohit Sharma 101, Shubman Gill 112, Hardik Pandya 54). Defeat New Zealand: 295 all out by 90 runs in 41.2 overs (Devon Conway 138; Shardul Thakur 3/45, Kuldeep Yadav 3/62).