The Indian team created history today at St. George’s Park, Port Elizabeth by clinching the 6-match ODI series with another match in hand. It was India’s premier limited overs batsman Rohit Sharma who set up the Indian victory with his dazzling knock of 115. The Mumbai batsman had gone through a torrid time in South Africa but answered his critics in style today.
After a promising start, the hosts lost their way in the middle with the wickets of Duminy and AB de Villiers in quick succession. The turning point of the match was the Hashim Amla run out who was looking to take away the match from the visitors. Kuldeep Yadav, after smelling blood, wrapped it up for his team as India take a 4-1 lead with the help of their 73 runs win.
The Indian vice-captain was awarded the man of the match title for taking India to an above par total of 275 on a tricky pitch. During the post-match presentation, Rohit Sharma visibly appeared glad that he could get the monkey off his back and had a notable contribution to show for during the South African tour.
It was my day today: Rohit
“Long time coming. I had a good time in the middle; as the game went on the wicket got slower and slower. Always a good feeling when you score a hundred and your team wins the match. We stuck to our plans and am glad it came off. I try to keep myself in the right frame of mind and it paid off. I knew I didn’t have to change a lot and the runs would come,” claimed Rohit Sharma.
Rohit further explained the reason behind his subdued celebration post his much-awaited ton on the South African soil. For Sharma, the job didn’t end as India still were in a spot of bothers. Rohit was glad that he made it count on his day.
“I kept hitting the ball well and the confidence was there that I would score. We were in a spot of bother when I got to my century and that’s why the celebrations were low key. When you get in you’ve got to make it count and unless you play a bad shot you don’t really get out. The rest of guys put in the runs in the last game and it was my day today,” concluded the man of the match.