Rohit pleased with ton on return

Rohit pleased with ton on return

The Orange City evokes mixed emotions in Rohit Sharma. He was born here in an area called Bhansod which no longer exists by his own admission. He was to make his Test debut here in 2010 against South Africa but a freak ankle injury during warm-up on the morning of the match delayed his for three more years.  

On a warm Sunday here, the middle day of the second Test, Rohit erased some of those bitter memories with a sparkling unbeaten century that helped him keep himself in the Test mix of things. Things only got better for the Mumbai batsman as after India wrapped up the match by an innings and 239 runs, he was named the captain of the three-match ODI series against Sri Lanka with Virat Kohli being rested for the series.  

"Personally for me, it was very important as I was playing Test cricket after nearly 500 days (actually 414 days to the day)," he said after the match, when asked about his knock. "I have been waiting for this opportunity and I am glad that I could put some runs on the board for myself and team. Really happy that it was worth waiting for so long. I clearly remember this was the ground where I got injured and I had to wait 3 years to make my Test debut. This ground has now given me something to go back. Very happy and pleased with the way we played," he remarked.  

While India's margin of victory suggested a stroll in the park for the Indians, Rohit felt it wasn't an easy win. "I don't think it was that easy, just that we put the ball in right channels in the morning and the pressure kept building on them. They played some shots that were not necessary and they should have taken the game till the end. It's all about creating pressure, bowling in right channels. All the four bowlers, who bowled, it seemed like they can get wicket anytime. On a wicket like this, where the pitch is slow and where odd ball is turning and bouncing, there was a bit of reverse swing also, you have to stay patient and keep the balls in right channels," he offered.  

 

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