Team India skipper, Rohit Sharma, expressed his frustration after a broadcaster represented his century-knock against New Zealand as his ‘first in three years’. India registered a comprehensive series win by 90 runs against the BlackCaps in the third and final ODI played on Tuesday, January 24, in Indore.
Rohit and Shubman Gill’s two magnificent centuries in the first innings helped secure the team’s victory. However, following the series win, the skipper took issue with the way the broadcaster had portrayed his century, labeling it his ‘first in three years’.
“Regarding the first hundred in three years, I’ve played only 12 (17) ODIs in three years. Three years sounds a lot. You guys should know what’s happening. I know that it was shown on broadcast but sometimes, broadcasters should also give the correct picture,” Rohit told reporters after the match.
He added, “There were no matches in 2020. Everyone was sitting at home because of COVID-19. We hardly played ODIs, I was injured so I played two Tests during that time, so you have to put all of that in perspective.”
India overtook England as the number one team in the ICC ODI team rankings after their win against the Kiwis in the third and final ODI. The match also saw several records set, such as Rohit Sharma’s 101 runs of 85 balls which was his second-fastest century in the 50-over format.
Additionally, Gill’s century (112 runs in 78 deliveries) also resulted in him equalling Pakistan’s Babar Azam’s world record of the most runs (360 runs) in a three-match ODI series. The 212-run partnership between the openers is also the highest by an opening pair against New Zealand in ODIs. Overall, the match was a historical and memorable one for the Indian cricket team and its fans, and Rohit Sharma’s century was a crucial part of the team’s success.