In a near-perfect display, Rohit Sharma and his men handed a humiliating defeat to the Australian side, as the baggy greens lost by an innings and 132 runs. Ravindra Jadeja got the player of the match award, but Ravichandran Ashwin and Rohit Sharma also starred in the match in their respective departments.
Ashwin, who took his 25th five-wicket haul in India, levelled with Anil Kumble for most fifers by an Indian at home. Further, Rohit Sharma, who rewound the clock with his 120(212), became the first Indian captain to score a hundred across all three formats.
Speaking of Indian skipper Rohit Sharma, the 35-year-old broke several records with his hundred but also earned praise for tackling spin where all other players struggled. Not only with the bat, but the hitman received appreciation for his leadership and how he rotated the bowlers.
In the post-match interview, Rohit talked about his performance, captaincy, and the bowling unit. Sharma praised Ashwin, Axar Patel, and Ravindra Jadeja and also reserved special praise for Virat Kohli. Rohit revealed that he learnt several tricks during Virat’s tenure as a captain.
“When Kohli was captaining the team and these same guys were bowling. I learned how to keep the pressure on and build wickets. I also try to do the same in my tenure.”
Talking about handling bowlers, Rohit said he is blessed to have quality spinners like Ashwin, Jadeja, and Axar, but also pointed out the challenges. The 35-year-old revealed that Ashwin and Jadeja are aware of their milestones, and it gets difficult to decide whom to give the ball to.
“Jaddu was at 249 wickets, while Ashwin needed one for his fifer. They both kept asking for the ball. This is the biggest challenge I face.”