Partnership with Ambati Rayudu was the game changer: Rohit Sharma

first_imgRohit Sharma produced yet another stellar performance in front of his home crowd in Mumbai to script India’s third biggest win in ODIs in the fourth match against West Indies on Monday.Rohit top-scored with 162 runs off 137 balls to fire India to 377 for 5 after they opted to bat first at the Brabourne stadium.The Hitman was ably supported by Ambati Rayudu from the other end and the duo added 211 runs for the third wicket to lay a strong foundation for a big score on a good batting wicket.Also read – After I get to a hundred, my aim is to see how far I go: Rohit SharmaRohit’s 21st hundred was his second in the series and fifth this year in ODI cricket, the second most behind captain Virat Kohli, who has hit 6 centuries so far.During the course of his knock Rohit also surpassed Sachin Tendulkar on the list of batsmen with the most number of sixes in ODI cricket. Rohit became India’s second-most prolific six-hitter after MS Dhoni with his second maximum in the match in the 40th over.Also read – Dhawan-Rohit opening partnership now better than Tendulkar and Sehwag”After losing two wickets, I had mentioned this earlier about having a big partnership and that was a game-changing partnership. All the four games that we have played, we have had some big partnerships which has allowed us to stay in the game.India ticked all the right boxes, says Virat Kohli after record win in Mumbaiadvertisement”Once you are set, you need to make it count and that is what me and Rayudu did in the middle. We carried for as long as we did. That eventually turned out to be the match winning partnership,” Rohit said after being adjudged man-of-the-match in this game.MAN!What an innings this has been from the [email protected] #INDvWI pic.twitter.com/NoRImtbR7BBCCI (@BCCI) October 29, 2018India vs West Indies 4th ODI HighlightsThe vice-captain also starred in the field with three sharp catches at first slip. Rohit spoke about his slip catching at the presentation and revealed how hard he has been working on this aspect of his game.”I’ve been doing some slip-catching for a while. I can hear Virat laugh there. Been doing that for a while now. Good to get some catches, and it is important to hold those catches as there will be catches coming at you all the time.”Especially if you’re fielding in the slips for Kuldeep, it isn’t easy to read his hands. When you play him in the nets, it is easy to understand when he is going to bowl that googly and I got to be ready for it,” Rohit said.Rohit also praised the bowling unit which bowled out the Windies for a paltry score of 153 to help India win the match by 224 runs and take an unbeatable 2-1 lead in the five-match series.”Heartening to see the way we bowled as bowling unit. It was a long time coming, this kind of performance from the bowlers. Really really happy to see a very dominating performance from the bowlers. The spinners were turning it, the pacers were swinging it, so all is well,” Rohit concluded.India will now be looking to seal the series in Thiruvananthapuram on November 1st where they will host the fifth and final ODI against the Windies.last_img

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