Hit-Man’s finishing act: If I don’t do it after 200 games then when?

LONDON: It’s not the big hundreds but pulling off chases for his team gives more joy to Rohit Sharma, who says he is now experienced enough to do it consistently for India.

The same batting approach was on display in India’s tricky yet successful chase against South Africa and skipper Virat Kohli had rated his unbeaten 122-run knock as his best “ODI innings”.

So is it the vice-captaincy that has brought about this change?

“I think I have played more than 200-odd games now. If I don’t do it now, then when,” the Indian vice-captain gave a cheeky reply.

The experience of 207 matches is now paying off, he feels.

“Experience teaches you a lot of things. That is something that has come into my game of late. Because you start the innings for your team, you want to make sure that you finish off the innings, as well. That gives you immense pleasure.

“And when I did that in the first game, the satisfaction you get finishing the job is something else, rather than scoring a hundred and not finishing off the game,” said the man, who now has 23 ODI hundreds to his name.

Talk about being in that ‘elite ‘list’ which reads Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma as the top three century makers in ODIs and Rohit says he will happily accept milestones but contributing in team’s win will always be his main mission. (AGENCIES)



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