Indian batsman Rohit Sharma smiles after receiving the Man of the Match award for his brilliant century in the second innings. It was also his first overseas century and his eighth century overall in Test cricket.
Rohit scored a brilliant 127 off 256 balls, making the platform for the Indian team’s lower order. The beat was very smooth and included 14 fours and a six. Rohit said during the presentation ceremony after the match:
“I try to contribute to the team, it’s important to me. I know how important it is to open the turn. I’m glad to make it count. It is always important to take on the challenge, it is not going to be easy.”
“Back in Durham we had time to look at our training and technique, and after the World Cup final we had 20-25 days, it was a real game changer.“
“Really happy to get the team in a key position” – Rohit Sharma
India were 99 runs behind when the second innings began. The openers KL Rahul and Rohit got off to a good start, but it was Rohit’s partnership Cheteshwar Pujara which made the juices flow for the team.
“T.hat hundred was special. We know how important the second inning was. Virat has just mentioned the effort of the batsmen, as a unit it was very important. This is my first overseas.“
“I’m really glad I was able to get the team in an important position. The three-pointer was not in my mind, we knew the pressure on the batting unit, so we kept our heads upside down [according to] the situation. When we first got the lead, we just wanted to put pressure on the bowlers,Rohit added.
Rohit continues his good form in the series and is the second highest scorer of both teams after English captain Joe Root.