Rohit Sharma said he wanted a create a big partnership to post a good score on the board. The right-hander went on to score 162 off just 137 balls to complete his 21st ODI hundred. India’s deputy was able to put a gargantuan partnership of 211 runs with Ambati Rayudu. Thus, India was able to post an above par total of 377 runs in the ongoing fourth ODI at Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai.

Rohit Sharma has played a lot of cricket at Brabourne stadium and knows the Coliseum inside out. In fact, Rohit has also scored a T20I hundred on the same ground. The flamboyant right-hander said it is up to the batsman to make a mistake to get out after reaching his hundred.

Rohit Sharma and Ambati Rayudu
Rohit Sharma and Ambati Rayud. BCCI Twitter.

Rohit Sharma scores another daddy hundred.

In fact, this was the seventh time when Rohit Sharma amassed a score of more than 150 runs, which is the most for any batsman in the world. On the other hand, Ambati Rayudu was also able to hit the ground running. The right-hander scored his third ODI hundred as he batted in the topmost gear. Rayudu brought his hundred in just 80 balls.

Rohit Sharma said in the innings break, “That is a lot of expectations. We wanted to post a good target. A batting line-up like Windies can be unpredictable and we never know what a good score is. CCI we know the outfield is fast and the wicket is good. I don’t know what is a par score here. India is playing after 12 years is what I saw on the board. We wanted to bat and create that big partnership which Rayudu and myself did. Grown-up playing cricket in Mumbai and more so in CCI. I have played a lot of cricket here”.

Rohit Sharma, India vs Windies 2018
Rohit Sharma. BCCI Twitter

“I do understand the pace and bounce here. I tried to hold my shape as long as possible into the innings. You just pierce the field and there is value for money. We knew the runs will come once you are set. I generally feel once you cross 100, it is about you making mistake and getting out. More often than not the bowlers won’t get you out because you are set and are seeing the ball well. The pitch is good and I said to myself that I won’t get out playing an extravagant shot. Like I said value for the shots is always there for the taking at the CCI. Once, I get to a 100 the only aim is to see how far I can go and make sure that the team gets into a good position”.

India has posted a mammoth total of 377 runs. The series is tied at 1-1 with one match ending in a stalemate. Rohit Sharma and Ambati Rayudu have put India in a commanding position in the fourth ODI.

Gautam Chauhan

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