Ind vs NZ Indore Match: Sameer Deshpande, Indore. Despite scoring his 30th century in ODIs and a 3-0 series win against New Zealand, India captain Rohit Sharma appeared miffed at the broadcaster’s talk of scoring a century in ODIs after three years. His displeasure came to the fore in the post-match press conference.
Played only 12 ODIs in three years
When a journalist asked about the century in three years, he said in a displeased tone – I have played only 12 ODIs in the last three years. Three years looks like a lot… but has only played 12 or 13 ODIs in it. When the journalist said that he had not studied it, it was shown on the screen, Rohit said that I know it has been broadcast…but the broadcaster should present the correct picture. During this time our focus was on full T20 cricket and we were playing more T20 matches. So sometimes we should also pay attention to this.. Broadcasters should also show something else.
Confidence increased by winning the series
Similarly, when the question was asked about the ICC ranking, he said – We do not pay much attention to this ranking. This ranking is beyond my understanding. I had seen that before this series we were at number four in the rankings, but don’t know how. We are preparing for the World Cup. Now we are doing it keeping in mind the number of matches we have to play. Winning this match and the series gives us a lot of confidence. Being in India, we have many challenges in front of us, there are also possibilities in terms of team combination. Our focus is entirely on that.
spoke about eyeing 40 centuries
On reaching the joint third spot in terms of most centuries in ODIs with his 30th century, he said that he had never thought about it. Didn’t plan for 30 centuries. Doesn’t pay attention to numbers. It is true that the numbers are good to see. But I don’t think any player plays for numbers. Had he played for the numbers, he could have done a lot. We have told everyone that don’t worry about the numbers, the strategy of the team is more important. In the last five matches, we have scored more than 350. You can’t do this without strategy. We want all players to play cricket fearlessly and not pay attention to numbers.
Shubman is a mature player
Regarding Shubman Gill, who has scored three centuries including a double century in the last four matches, Rohit Sharma said that the way he was batting, he did not need to say much. He knows his game. You want a batsman to play long innings and keep wickets. He is doing this. You can understand from that that he scored a double century and after that the second highest score was 34 runs. This shows his maturity. Although I haven’t played much with him. I played with him for the first time in the first Brisbane Test. He is playing well in Tests. But the way he is playing in ODIs right now, it is good to see.
Regarding young fast bowlers Mohammad Siraj and Umran Malik, he said that Siraj is maturing with time. His performance is improving match by match. His performance has improved a lot in the recent past. Umran has a lot of talent. He hasn’t got much chance yet. We should not be in a hurry with them.
Keeping an eye on Bumrah’s fitness
On the fitness of veteran fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah, Indian captain Rohit said that Bumrah will not be able to play in the first two Tests against Australia. We are expecting him to play in the next two Tests. We are in constant touch with the NCA and the physio. But we cannot be in a hurry with them. We know how serious a back injury can be. Regarding Shardul Thakur, he said that he has been taking wickets on important occasions for us. Be it ODIs or T20s, he has broken big partnerships for us. He occupies an important place in our strategy.