India vs South Africa: Centurion Rohit Sharma cites run-outs of Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane as reason for muted celebration

Centurion Rohit Sharma said, "Two of our batsmen got run out, so I wanted to carry on and the celebration was not in my mind at all."

IANS, Feb,14 2018

Port Elizabeth: India opener Rohit Sharma revealed the reason for his quiet celebration despite having slammed a century in the fifth One Day International match against South Africa.

Rohit, who was involved in two run outs, that of skipper Virat Kohli and middle-order batsman Ajinkya Rahane, said two batsmen before him were run out so the pressure had mounted on him to deliver and he just wanted to focus on how to carry the same momentum till the end.

Port Elizabeth: India's Rohit Sharma reaches a century during the fifth ODI cricket match between South Africa and India in Port Elizabeth, South Africa Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018. AP/PTI(AP2_13_2018_000206B)

Rohit Sharma slammed his first international century on South African soil. PTI

"Two guys got run out before me so there was nothing to celebrate about. It depends on what kind of mood you are in. Two of our batsmen got run out, so I wanted to carry on and the celebration was not in my mind at all," Rohit said during the post-match press conference on Tuesday.

India clinched their maiden ODI series win on South African soil, taking an unbeatable 4-1 lead after outclassing the hosts by 73 runs.

Rohit led the tourists, striking his 17th ODI century before chinaman Kuldeep Yadav returned figures of 4/51 to bowl the Proteas out for 201, in their chase of 274.

Rohit also became the fourth highest century scorer in ODIs for India, after Sachin Tendulkar (49), Virat Kohli (34) and Sourav Ganguly (22).

Commenting on his return to form after a series of poor performances, the Mumbai batsman said: "I got out in three matches only, how can you say form is bad after three matches? You guys put people in good form after one match, and if somebody doesn't have three good matches, you say he is in bad form," Rohit said.

"In 2013 it was different. I had just turned into an opener from a middle-order batsman. The way I am batting now, it has evolved a lot," he added.

Published Date: Feb 14, 2018 | Updated Date: Feb 14, 2018




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