Oval hundred special, training in Durham after WTC final was a game-changer: Rohit Sharma

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Opener Rohit Sharma opened up on his first overseas hundred and provided an update on his injury after India sealed an unbeatable 2-1 series lead with a convincing 157-run win over England.

Getting hundred in Oval special, important to embrace the challenge: Rohit Sharma. (Reuters Photo)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Getting hundred in Oval special, important to embrace the challenge: Rohit Sharma
  • Rohit Sharma was adjudged Man-of-the-match for his 127-run knock
  • Rohit on his injury: Message from the physio is that we got to assess every minute

India opener Rohit Sharma termed his first overseas hundred in Oval as special, saying that he embraced the challenge and batted according to the situation. Notably, Rohit was adjudged Man-of-the-match for his 127-run knock in the second Indian innings.

Rohit’s maiden overseas century and his important partnerships with Cheteshwar Pujara and K.L. Rahul helped India wrest initiative and move into driver’s seat before Jasprit Bumrah Umesh Yadav and Shardul Thakur shared seven wickets to bundle out England for 210, scripting visitor’s comprehensive 157-run win.

“I wanted to be on the field but getting that hundred was special, 100 behind us knew how important it was to give them a target of 370-odd. A great effort from the batting unit. It’s my first overseas hundred, so obviously my best one. The three-figure mark wasn’t in my mind, we knew the pressure on the batting unit, but kept our heads down and batted the situation,” Rohit Sharma, who was adjudged player of the match, said.

Rohit said they utilized the long break after losing the World Test Championship final against New Zealand to sharpen the skills and it showed in this Test series.

“Not been preying on my mind, just try to get the team into a good position. With 30, or 80, or 150-plus. I used to bat middle-order, but I know the importance of opening. Once you’re in you’ve got to make it count. It’s important to embrace the challenge, back in Durham we had time off to look at our training and technique, after WTC we had 20-25 days and that was a game-changer. Batted well as we’ve been challenged, especially at Leeds, but that can happen,” Sharma added.

Rohit did not take the field in the second England innings. Asked about his injury, he said, “Looks good at the moment, the message from the physio is that we got to assess every minute.”

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