VALENTINE’S DAY GIFT
Rohit Sharma dedicates Man of the Match award to wife Ritika
THERE ARE quite a few misconceptions about Rohit Sharma. One is that he appears to be a serious person and second that, for a gifted player like him, he doesn’t out mind over matter. Both are wrong. For, he’s quite a friendly and fun-loving guy. And even when he speaks to the media, he gets overly generous with those out to grill him. Thus, everyone who watched him work his way to his 17th one-day hundred at St George’s Park will know that, despite ending a rundrought on this tour, he didn’t celebrate his century nor was there a sense of deja vu. This despite his captain Virat Kohli leading the cheers from the Indian dressing room where everyone was on their feet!
Just in case one wanted to hear from the man himself about not celebrating his landmark, he said, “Celebration?. . .yaar two guys got run out before me, so I couldn’t celebrate.” The honest admission evoked laughter all around.
Explaining his through process in the middle, he said, “I just wanted to keep batting as long as possible and get the team to a decent target. We realised at one point, after 20-25 overs, that it’s not a 300 track because it was getting slower and slower and shot-making wasn’t easy. I knew when I was batting at 100 that I have to carry on but unfortunately got out at the wrong time. At the end I still felt 270-odd was a par score, definitely not a winning score but a par score.”
To a pointed question about his poor form in the series, Rohit had an entirely different take that also probably gives us an insight on the thinking inside the dressing room.
“I got out in three (actually four) matches only mere bhai! How can you say form is bad after three matches? You guys put people in good form after one match, and if somebody doesn’t have three good games, you say he is in bad form,” he said breaking into a laugh.
On a more serious note, he explained, “In our dressing room, we are always talking how we are batting and how we are playing the ball. Scores sometimes don’t reflect that at times. That doesn’t mean that suddenly you have become a bad player.”
Giving a clue to his own mindset, he opined, “I admit the first four matches weren’t great but that happens. It happens with everybody. But I was in a good frame of mind, I was batting well in the nets, there was no pattern to my dismissals. That happens in every cricketer’s career. I knew I had to stay in a good frame of mind. And we won the series after today’s knock, so there is nothing better than that for me.”
Man of the match Rohit Sharma also dedicated the award to Ritika, wishing her a happy Valentine’s day. He posted a picture of himself with the trophy on Instagram and wrote, “Happy Valentine’s Day Rits @ritssajdeh”.
The opener struck a match-winning 115 in the fifth one-dayer I admit the first four matches weren’t great but that happens. It happens with everybody. But I was in a good frame of mind. You guys (media) put people in good form after one match, and if somebody doesn’t have three good matches, you say he is in bad form. My hundred has gone now & in the next game I play, the century I scored isn’t going to matter much. So it is important to stay in the present. ROHIT SHARMA, INDIA BATSMAN
Rohit Sharma raises bat after hitting a ton on Tuesday.