Last Update on: September 5th, 2023 at 12:34 am
Indian captain Rohit Sharma talked about his match-winning knock in the Asia Cup 2023 clash against Nepal in Pallekele. He admitted that he was nervous in the start but once he was in he took his chances and wanted to take his team home.
Rohit Sharma had a great outing with the bat in the game against Nepal as he got much-desired runs under his belt. The Indian captain after having a dismal outing against Pakistan made sure that he set the stage on fire in the very next game that he plays.
Chasing the revised target of 145 runs, Indian captain Rohit Sharma had a shaky start as he struggled against the moving ball. But once he had his eyes set in, he looked a class apart and took the game away from the opposition. The right-hander played crisp shots and made the crowd’s money worth it.
Rohit Sharma scored an unbeaten 74 runs off 59 balls. He batted with a strike rate of 125.52 and also smashed six fours and 5 massive sixes in his innings. He also stitched a 147-run partnership with Shubman Gill (67) and made sure that his side completed a 10-wicket win and booked their berth in the Super 4 stage of the tournament.
Rohit Sharma admitted that he isn’t happy with the way he played. He also talked about the flick sweep shot that he played. Speaking at the post-match presentation, he explained:
“Not really (happy with the knock), some nerves to start with but once I got my eye in, I wanted to get the team home. That was not intentional (the flick-sweep), I wanted to chip it over short fine but the bats these days are so good. When we came here we knew what our World Cup 15 is going to be like, the Asia Cup was not going to give us a better picture because it was only two games.”
IND vs NEP: Still have a lot to work on – Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma also talked about his team’s performance and admitted that they have a lot to work on ahead of the ICC World Cup 2023. He also pointed out poor fielding India did against Nepal. He explained:
“But luckily we got to bat in the first game and bowl in this, so that made it a complete game for us. Still have a lot to work on. Lot of guys coming back from injuries and they need time to get back into the groove. Hardik and Ishan were very good in the last game to get us to that score. The bowling was okay today but the fielding was bad, we need to improve on that.”
This was the 22nd Player of the Match award for Rohit Sharma in ODIs.