India vs Australia: Rohit Sharma says it's important to perform consistently being an opener

After scoring two successive hundreds and a fifty against Sri Lanka, he scored two half centuries and a classy hundred against Australia.

PTI, October 01, 2017

Nagpur: Rohit Sharma has been on a roll ever since he has come back from a hamstring injury and the stylish batsman says it is important for him to keep performing as the team relies a lot on the openers.

"It is my job to score runs as an opener. The team really depends on the start that we give. It adds to success of the team. I just go out and play my game. That is what I am going to do in the future, see the opposition and plan accordingly, said Rohit after scoring a match-winning 125 in the fifth ODI against Australia.

Indian cricket player Rohit Sharma bats during the fifth one-day international cricket match between India and Australia in Nagpur, India, Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)

Rohit Sharma plays a shot en route to his century in the fifth ODI against New Zealand. AP

Though IPL was his first competitive tournament after recovering from a serious thigh injury, he was amongst the runs in the Champions Trophy before he was rested for the following West Indies tour.

He came back to play in Sri Lanka and scored two successive hundreds and a fifty. And now against Australia, he scored two half centuries and a classy hundred tonight.

The openers did do a commendable job for India in the series with Mumbai mates Rohit and Ajinkya Rahane racking up three 100 plus partnerships in a row. Rohit said he likes to bat alongside Rahane, who got to play in the series due to the absence of Shikhar Dhawan.

"We have played lot of cricket in Mumbai. We talk a lot in the middle, we discuss when need to take risk and when not to. These are the little things that help build partnerships. He played really well in the series and handled the new ball well.

Reserves who got the opportunity play in the series performed, be it Rahane or Axar Patel.

Asked whether he is part of a team that has the strongest bench strength in a long time, Rohit said, "I cant comment on that (whether we have the strongest bench strength now) as I have been with the Indian team only for the last 10 years."

"This team certainly has good pool of reserves. Whoever has got the opportunity, has come in and performed. It shows we have got guys who can take up the challenge and perform. We missed Yuzvendra Chahal today, Axar came in and got wickets. Rahane scored consistently in the series. It goes to show the future is bright.

Rohit praised the bowlers for bouncing back regularly from tough situations.

"All the bowlers who participated have gone with the mindset of taking wickets. That is what these guys have done. To restrict Australia to 242 today was not easy. Even the last game we thought they would reach 350. The bowlers have allowed our batters to play freely."

He added that playing on the slow Nagpur wasn't easy.

Updated Date: Oct 01, 2017

T20 LEAGUE POINTS TABLE

Pos. Team P W L D Pts.
1
Hyderabad
14 9 5 0 18
2
Chennai
14 9 5 0 18
3
Kolkata
14 8 6 0 16
4
Rajasthan
14 7 7 0 14
5
Mumbai
14 6 8 0 12
6
Bangalore
14 6 8 0 12
7
Punjab
14 6 8 0 12
8
Delhi
14 5 9 0 10




Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3499 125
2 South Africa 3589 112
3 Australia 3499 106
4 New Zealand 2354 102
5 England 3511 98
6 Sri Lanka 2914 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5257 125
2 India 5492 122
3 South Africa 3842 113
4 New Zealand 4602 112
5 Australia 3327 104
6 Pakistan 3279 102
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 2990 130
2 Australia 1894 126
3 India 3932 123
4 New Zealand 2542 116
5 England 1951 115
6 South Africa 2058 114