Rohit Sharma, who was closing on a century in the last few games, finally achieved the feat in the final ODI against New Zealand. He hit a brilliant hundred at the Holkar Cricket Stadium. Rohit and Shubman Gill shared a record-opening partnership.
While Gill struck his 4th ODI ton, Rohit ended his wait for a 30th ODI hundred. It was his first three-digit score in three years as India accumulated 385/9 in 50 overs. Reflecting on Rohit’s display, Sanjay Manjrekar heaped praise on the 35-year-old as the hosts won the game by 90 runs to win the series 3-0.
“I like this Rohit Sharma. This is the way to play. 100s have to be a byproduct of the way you play. India set up a huge total despite a sudden collapse of the middle order. This is the Rohit Sharma I like,” Manjrekar told Star Sports.
Rohit smashed 101 off 85 balls and equalled Ricky Ponting’s milestone of 30 ODI centuries.
The India captain has 9,782 runs in 241 ODIs. “New Zealand were missing a couple of key players but that doesn’t take anything away from Team India. India won the game by 90 runs despite losing the toss and batting first. The opposition had the dew advantage but the hosts didn’t allow them to break free.”