| Shikhar Dhawan, in Jaipur, on Wednesday |
Jaipur: Rohit Sharma on Wednesday described his knock of 141 not out as the best in his six-year international career.
“Obviously this is my best innings in ODI cricket and probably the best chase that I have been part of in my six years with the Indian team. I am very happy that I have converted my start into a big score, but more satisfied as the team won chasing a tough target,” a smiling Rohit said after the match.
“I don’t see personal records – it’s important for the team to win. Hopefully we can carry on. There are still five games to go, so we can’t afford to be complacent and lose the momentum,” he added.
Asked how India were able to make the target of 360 look easy and finished off things in only 43.3 overs, Rohit laughed and said: “Yes, it was a lot of runs, but we knew that because of the new five-fielder rule, any target can be chased.
“I am not saying it’s easy, but it can be done. It’s important for set batsmen to stay till the end and the partnerships to take shape. We did that. Shikhar (Dhawan) and I did that first, and then Virat Kohli played a fantastic knock.
“We knew there would be dew and it won’t be easy for the bowlers. We needed to keep wickets in hand but I had no idea we would win by nine wickets. That was special, really,” said Rohit.
The opener also revealed how he and Dhawan mentally broke up the target before beginning the run chase.
“We spoke about that (breaking up the target). We spoke about a 40-run partnership and in the end, we played according to the situation. We played with the bowlers’ mind.
“We wanted to put them under pressure. We wanted to dominate. And once we got that big start, then we just wanted to carry on. Kohli played some really good shots. Some of his shots were unbelievable. Hats off to him the way he and Shikhar played. He gave us the momentum,” Rohit added.
Rohit was not ready to accept that Indian bowling was not up to the standard again.
“If you look at cricket these days, there are new rules which go against the bowlers. Having five fielders in the ring is not easy. But we have also scored against them,” Rohit pointed out.
“Our bowlers are in good form. They will have one or two bad games. When we won the Champions Trophy or the series in the West Indies and Zimbabwe, our bowlers did really well. I don’t think there is a problem,” he said.