Last Update on: January 26th, 2023 at 10:08 am
Former India National Cricket Team batter Sanjay Manjrekar was highly impressed with the performance of the captain Rohit Sharma in the third and final ODI of the three-match series against the New Zealand National Cricket Team.
Rohit Sharma scored his first ODI century in more than 1100 days in the third ODI against the BlackCaps at the Holkar Cricket Stadium in Indore on Tuesday, January 24.
He smashed the century off 83 balls and it was his first international century after 507 days. Overall, he scored 101 runs off 85 balls, including 9 fours and 6 sixes, before being dismissed by Michael Bracewell on the first ball of the 27th over.
Reflecting on Rohit’s batting brilliance, Manjrekar said on Star Sports:
“I like this Rohit Sharma, in this T20s as well. This is the way to play. 100s have to be incidental, they have to be the byproduct of the way which you play and when India sets a platform like that, despite a collapse, India had a lot of runs on the board. This is the Rohit Sharma I like.”
New Zealand were missing three or four key players but that does not take anything away from India – Sanjay Manjrekar
Losing the toss and batting first, India posted a massive total of 385/9 in 50 overs. Chasing the target, New Zealand were bundled out for 295 in 41.2 overs to face a 90-run defeat and suffer a 0-3 whitewash.
Sanjay Manjrekar further said that even though the BlackCaps were without the services of their key players like Kane Williamson and Tim Southee, India should be credited for their dominant performances.
“New Zealand were missing three or four key players but that does not take anything away from India, especially tonight, where they lost the toss. India put the runs on the board, so much so that it almost makes the opposition chase the total down despite the dew advantage. This is something that you can keep looking at and enjoy. When a team is sent to bat first after losing the toss, the team that bats second generally gets very close but look at the margin today – a win by 90 runs. So well done by the batters and the bowlers,” Manjrekar added.