India v Australia, 2nd ODI, Jaipur October 16, 2013

It was a much-needed knock - Rohit Sharma

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Rohit Sharma has said his unbeaten 141 off 123 balls was "a much-needed knock" because it was only his third ODI century and his first since 2010, a drought perhaps caused by his tendency, by his own admission, to play "some stupid shots."

Rohit's innings spearheaded India's chase of 359 in only 43.3 overs, the highest total in ODIs for the loss of only one wicket. Virat Kohli's 52-ball 100 smashed the record for the fastest century by an Indian, and an explosive Shikhar Dhawan missed out on a century by five runs.

India captain MS Dhoni said he had trusted his batsmen to achieve the huge target, and all he had asked was for them not to slog blindly.

"Most of us guys have played a bit of international cricket, but they don't have the experience of a Yuvraj Singh, who has played 250 or 260-odd ODIs," Dhoni said. "So at times when you chase 360, what you want to do is go out there and be aggressive and go for the big shots, but it's very important to not lose shape. When you are going over mid-off, it should look like you are going over mid-off, and not like slogging over midwicket. [While playing] most of the shots [today], if not all, they maintained good shape. It was an ideal wicket too with the dew. Very fast outfield too."

The victory helped India level the seven-match series against Australia 1-1, and Rohit was one of the key players in achieving the second highest successful chase in ODIs. "It was very important for me to play a big innings," he said. "I knew it was a long time. I would like to say again that the hard work never stopped. I have kept preparing the same way as today. It was a much-needed knock, and I am happy it came in a winning cause. I wanted to bat through the innings. I completely agree that I have played some stupid shots [in the past] to get out. That's my natural game. I would like to play my shots."

Rohit put on 176 for the first wicket with Shikhar Dhawan but it was his partnership with Kohli that blew Australia away. When Kohli came in to bat, India still needed 183 in 23.5 overs, but he just ran away with the game and allowed Rohit to pace his innings. "I kept telling Rohit that it was his day today, but I kept hitting the ball very well," Kohli said. "I didn't bat in the nets yesterday, just had a few throw downs."

In the first game, India had to tackle bouncers both on and off the field, with old questions being asked about their ability to play short-pitched bowling. "I wasn't worried about the short-pitched stuff," Kohli said after his century. "I pulled a few of them early, and then they started bowling half-volleys."

The third component of India's chase, Dhawan who made 95, was not complaining about missing a century. "We started off very well and once we got the momentum, we just carried on," he said. "We didn't want to play rash shots early, we opened up only later. I am happy for Rohit that he got the century today, because he was playing well in the last few months."

'Happy I batted through the innings' - Rohit

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  • CricketFanIndUS on October 17, 2013, 5:26 GMT

    Look at that happiness, joy and relief on Rohit's face and in his body language, esp in the press conference after the match. He looks happier than when he did on the days Mumbai Indians won the IPL trophy and the CLT20 trophy. I am almost half as happy for my favorite player. This just shows how much more precious it is for him to contribute big for a win for the country. This was what he has been working hard for as it means so much to him even after all that money from the IPL and the promise of more of it (money from the IPL). This innings although on a flat track will give him the confidence to do well for India. He will get another big one in this series in a winning cause. This confidence is what he would have attained with a test cricket cap that he had been waiting for. Now a lot of his hard work has been for a test cap, perhaps that is not too far away, perhaps at number 5. Well, Rohit you made my day!

  • KARNAWAT33 on October 19, 2013, 19:17 GMT

    @Sir_Ivor: Excuse me. Did you just say, "India won the Champions trophy in England (On Traditional English Wickets)." I reckon you should start watching matches rather than just reading reports on CricInfo. India played on SQUARE TURNERS in England. Apart, from the game against SL, India very conveniently were playing on wickets which suit them. We can have all the, "But it was an ICC tournament and blah blah India can't have their way blah blah, but we all know what goes behind the scenes. BCCI is the highest authority, thanks to the money they've got. Commentators cannot comment, ICC is a puppet, DRS not required, We don't like the CSA President so we curtail the tour (actually, because of Sachin and the Indians' green fever). My point is that, NO - India cannot play on green tracks for nuts. Everyone knows that, don't just support your team and defend their shortcomings. Aussies cannot play spin that well, no hiding there. We saw what a LITTLE bit of grass does in Pune.

  • on October 19, 2013, 17:01 GMT

    And when is the next one coming.Any time Soon?

  • ProdigyA on October 19, 2013, 4:50 GMT

    It's funny how some people keep whinning about pitches. If Aus score 360 then Indian bowling is weak but when India chases down the score then pitches are flat. Haters will always hate.

  • on October 18, 2013, 21:44 GMT

    @prasanna - very well said and I do agree with u. But remember before Virat kholi had made his test debut, he had the same problem. But as he played more test matches that technique improved - obvious from his 70 odd in Perth. So this is what I think Rohit Sharma needs to do. He has the hunger to improve. Remember raina, with a well known short ball weakness, can play about 15 test matches; if gambhir can play 13 test matches in a row despite an obvious weakness outside off stump, then why can't Rohit who has a first class average of 60 make his test debut.

  • prasanna_79 on October 18, 2013, 14:29 GMT

    I am an unbiased neutral Indian Cricket Fan & I still feel that Rohit Sharma is far from a finished product as a batsman.. Still needs to improve his technique outside his off-stump against pace bowling & the occassional waft outside the off stump should also go.. He was extremely lucky to score some runs in the Westindies tri-series for he could have easily nicked one outside off on his off-day..,was beaten atleast ten to fifteen times outside off in a single game against SL in one of the matches there.. Though he is making some runs consistently off late..,the manner in which he is beaten outside off against moving ball is a matter of serious concern & one against which he should work really hard to avoid.. A player like Kohli who has a more solid game is more likely to succeed & perform consistently over a long period of time than this flashy,slow moving Rohit Sharma.. I hold nothing against him but just an honest opinion.. A season of County cricket would do wonders i wud suggest..

  • on October 18, 2013, 13:41 GMT

    Who gives a damn if RS scored a 100. He is third class player, should never represent India.

  • CricketFanIndUS on October 18, 2013, 13:13 GMT

    @Sir_Ivor, very well said. I look forward to reading your posts like I do with many here. There are of course some names I know to skip and ignore completely. Coming to the subject, Dhawan looks solid with the short pitched stuff almost as much as with the full ones. I love the way he takes it to the opposition and tries to dominate the bowling. He goes after the short stuff pretty well and sometimes steps out to them. It would be nice to see him playing test cricket in SA and do well against the short stuff. He along with Kohli and Rohit are a treat to watch with the short stuff.

  • Sir_Ivor on October 18, 2013, 12:03 GMT

    It is ridiculous that this perceived short coming of the Indian batsmen against short pitched bowling keeps coming up every time India loses. In recent times, India have won the Champions Trophy held in England and later the tri series in the West Indies. In both these tournaments,there was abundant short-pitched bowling witnessed by some of the fastest bowlers in the world.In fact in the tournament opener,India played South Africa on one of the bounciest wickets . India scored over 330 and won the game.The point is that on the odd occasion any batting line-up plays poorly against a good set of fast bowlers.That does not make the side's batsmen scared of short pitched bowling. There was a time when England were bullied to an embarrassing level by Lillee and Thomson. No one said that they were scared of fast bowling.

  • PratikG8 on October 18, 2013, 11:47 GMT

    i think Rohit is an extraordinary cricketer, but he needs to be more consistance in the ODI format, and played long inning like 141 not out, and he deserve to get chance in Test Cricket, may be he will score more in Test Cricket.

  • CricketFanIndUS on October 17, 2013, 5:26 GMT

    Look at that happiness, joy and relief on Rohit's face and in his body language, esp in the press conference after the match. He looks happier than when he did on the days Mumbai Indians won the IPL trophy and the CLT20 trophy. I am almost half as happy for my favorite player. This just shows how much more precious it is for him to contribute big for a win for the country. This was what he has been working hard for as it means so much to him even after all that money from the IPL and the promise of more of it (money from the IPL). This innings although on a flat track will give him the confidence to do well for India. He will get another big one in this series in a winning cause. This confidence is what he would have attained with a test cricket cap that he had been waiting for. Now a lot of his hard work has been for a test cap, perhaps that is not too far away, perhaps at number 5. Well, Rohit you made my day!

  • KARNAWAT33 on October 19, 2013, 19:17 GMT

    @Sir_Ivor: Excuse me. Did you just say, "India won the Champions trophy in England (On Traditional English Wickets)." I reckon you should start watching matches rather than just reading reports on CricInfo. India played on SQUARE TURNERS in England. Apart, from the game against SL, India very conveniently were playing on wickets which suit them. We can have all the, "But it was an ICC tournament and blah blah India can't have their way blah blah, but we all know what goes behind the scenes. BCCI is the highest authority, thanks to the money they've got. Commentators cannot comment, ICC is a puppet, DRS not required, We don't like the CSA President so we curtail the tour (actually, because of Sachin and the Indians' green fever). My point is that, NO - India cannot play on green tracks for nuts. Everyone knows that, don't just support your team and defend their shortcomings. Aussies cannot play spin that well, no hiding there. We saw what a LITTLE bit of grass does in Pune.

  • on October 19, 2013, 17:01 GMT

    And when is the next one coming.Any time Soon?

  • ProdigyA on October 19, 2013, 4:50 GMT

    It's funny how some people keep whinning about pitches. If Aus score 360 then Indian bowling is weak but when India chases down the score then pitches are flat. Haters will always hate.

  • on October 18, 2013, 21:44 GMT

    @prasanna - very well said and I do agree with u. But remember before Virat kholi had made his test debut, he had the same problem. But as he played more test matches that technique improved - obvious from his 70 odd in Perth. So this is what I think Rohit Sharma needs to do. He has the hunger to improve. Remember raina, with a well known short ball weakness, can play about 15 test matches; if gambhir can play 13 test matches in a row despite an obvious weakness outside off stump, then why can't Rohit who has a first class average of 60 make his test debut.

  • prasanna_79 on October 18, 2013, 14:29 GMT

    I am an unbiased neutral Indian Cricket Fan & I still feel that Rohit Sharma is far from a finished product as a batsman.. Still needs to improve his technique outside his off-stump against pace bowling & the occassional waft outside the off stump should also go.. He was extremely lucky to score some runs in the Westindies tri-series for he could have easily nicked one outside off on his off-day..,was beaten atleast ten to fifteen times outside off in a single game against SL in one of the matches there.. Though he is making some runs consistently off late..,the manner in which he is beaten outside off against moving ball is a matter of serious concern & one against which he should work really hard to avoid.. A player like Kohli who has a more solid game is more likely to succeed & perform consistently over a long period of time than this flashy,slow moving Rohit Sharma.. I hold nothing against him but just an honest opinion.. A season of County cricket would do wonders i wud suggest..

  • on October 18, 2013, 13:41 GMT

    Who gives a damn if RS scored a 100. He is third class player, should never represent India.

  • CricketFanIndUS on October 18, 2013, 13:13 GMT

    @Sir_Ivor, very well said. I look forward to reading your posts like I do with many here. There are of course some names I know to skip and ignore completely. Coming to the subject, Dhawan looks solid with the short pitched stuff almost as much as with the full ones. I love the way he takes it to the opposition and tries to dominate the bowling. He goes after the short stuff pretty well and sometimes steps out to them. It would be nice to see him playing test cricket in SA and do well against the short stuff. He along with Kohli and Rohit are a treat to watch with the short stuff.

  • Sir_Ivor on October 18, 2013, 12:03 GMT

    It is ridiculous that this perceived short coming of the Indian batsmen against short pitched bowling keeps coming up every time India loses. In recent times, India have won the Champions Trophy held in England and later the tri series in the West Indies. In both these tournaments,there was abundant short-pitched bowling witnessed by some of the fastest bowlers in the world.In fact in the tournament opener,India played South Africa on one of the bounciest wickets . India scored over 330 and won the game.The point is that on the odd occasion any batting line-up plays poorly against a good set of fast bowlers.That does not make the side's batsmen scared of short pitched bowling. There was a time when England were bullied to an embarrassing level by Lillee and Thomson. No one said that they were scared of fast bowling.

  • PratikG8 on October 18, 2013, 11:47 GMT

    i think Rohit is an extraordinary cricketer, but he needs to be more consistance in the ODI format, and played long inning like 141 not out, and he deserve to get chance in Test Cricket, may be he will score more in Test Cricket.

  • JustIPL on October 18, 2013, 10:01 GMT

    What a turnaround in indian performance after losing the first ODI and nobody is surprised that India opted to make a flat track to provide a sound show. In the past also doctoring pitches has even backfired like against england. First ODI pace was kept to give ishant and co a chance to show if they can utilize it but they proved to be impotent. So, the easier solution was to make it flat. Really boring cricket with bowlers have nothing to bowl for.

  • ladycricfan on October 18, 2013, 9:40 GMT

    The pitch was such that it was like watching a t20 match. Batsmen from both sides had a field day. It is unfare to blame the bowlers. Well done Rohit. He anchored the innings well while Dhawan first and then kohli on the otherside went for their shots and rohit joined them later to the delight of the fans. Once in a while these kind of pitches are ok. But to be fare to the bowlers the curators should produce pitches to assist the bowlers more often than not.

  • on October 18, 2013, 9:18 GMT

    For all the rohit bashers - here is one form of advice. Go to the WI tri series, and compare his average with everyone else then say he lacks class. he had an ordinary first 3-4 years, but look at his stats for past 1 year. People need to realise that he is not the minnow basher of old. This turned around since that 80 odd against England. So stop bagging him out and wish that that he continues to do well. The CT and tri series against west indies was proof of his improvement as well as ability to bat in tough conditions. His average almost doubled the one of virat kholi - who had the second highest average for an indian batsman.

  • KARNAWAT33 on October 18, 2013, 9:02 GMT

    A brilliant knock by Rohit Sharma and the timing is even better. Everyone knows players like Rohit Sharma can never make it BIG. So alongside Yuvraj Singh, who is going to be a major weak link in the 2015 WC in Australia, India will have Rohit Sharma. Everyone knows that scoring one blazing century in the Indian team and a few good advertising deals is enough to stay in the team for 2-3 years. So looking at it from an Oz fans perspective, it is for the better.

    Mind you, I am not against Rohit Sharma. He played brilliantly and India deserved to win. OZ were rattled.

  • swapnilrane on October 18, 2013, 8:53 GMT

    Those who are criticizing on Rohit again and again ... please mind that Rohit batting average in last 16 innings is 42.43, with 1 hundred a 4 fifties... and that of S Dawan is 50.59... with 3 hundreds and 4 fifties ..

    Both have played all matches (except this one) outside INDIA.. please stop criticizing ... This pair is future of India as both are young enough... Rohit is defiantly changed from the point he accepted captaincy of MI... looks more responsible now.

    Remember that Dhawan is in extremely good form and the job of Rohit is to support him from other end ... he is doing is job... duo has 4 century stands in 16 innings... what else you want??

  • on October 18, 2013, 8:12 GMT

    THIS GUY HASN'T HAD A SINGLE CHANCE, EVER. Rohit's game is much better suited to test cricket. Unlike Raina and Yuvraj who have had many, many chanes, he hasn't got a single chance in test cricket. When he & Kohli scored centuries against the visting Australians (6 to 8 years ago), he was also set to debut ahead of Pujara, Kohli, Rahane, Mukund, Vijay, Badrinath, Jadeja, and many others, some of whom have had many chances to settle into the team, and some have settled very well, and become fantastic players like Pujara and Kohli. Now he should get his FIRST EVER chance to play test cricket.

  • Omair23 on October 18, 2013, 7:47 GMT

    Good to see him perform , he looks like the future captain of India.

  • on October 18, 2013, 6:55 GMT

    Its not the problem of choosing the right players; but it is a problem of of whom to accommodate. All players mentioned above are average type of players barring Virat and Dhoni. No one has excelled in foreign conditions. Rainas, Sharmas, Ashwins are sort of players who are kings at home. We need to find players who can perform anywhere. For Ashwin its a classic case of Batsman being a bowler and vice a versa. He is clearly a favorite of BCCI, CSK and yes off course of Dhoni and his mentor Srinivas. He should be made to play in domestic cricket to hone his skills and get the basics right.

    Barring some flash performances, today's Indian Team looks like bunch of IPL performers. Sandip Patil and Co have to show their right to choose good players based on domestic performances. Sadly none of the selector seems do so.

  • mark2011 on October 18, 2013, 6:28 GMT

    I dont think this is ODI game.. now India destroying ODI format also making 350+ pitches ....this is another T20 style game extended for 50 overs... what's the meaning of this type of flat batting track... hitting 100 runs in 30-50 balls have become pretty normal due one sided flat track bully concept of India...with IPL T20 carnival they already destroyed test matches and put whole cricketing nations into a one gambling ground.. now they are doing the same thing for ODI also...cricket is a game of bat and ball...there should be a even ground for batsmen/bowlers.. They should not make this type of IPL carnival pitches and destroy the real spirit of the game ....damn the India unfortunately start playing cricket and finally destroying everything for money.... Cricket RIP!!!!.....

  • Cpt.Meanster on October 18, 2013, 4:46 GMT

    @AsherCA: What can we say ? This is exactly what the England soccer team has to put up with. Do the Liverpool or the Man UTD players perform for the 3 Lions or is it some guys from Chelsea ! This is international cricket and contributions from any or all of these guys goes directly towards the nation's pride and dignity. But, from a perspective of personal form, I agree with you. Jadeja and Raina have been a bit out of form. Ashwin is still stuck in T20 mode and Dhoni is just one inning away from his good old ODI form. There are still 5 more games to go.

  • srinideva on October 18, 2013, 4:20 GMT

    George bailey is some character. Here are the some words from him in post match presentation...

    Ravi shasthri : Do you think the 360 is good score to defend?

    george Bailey : What you think? ..I don`t know?

    RS: this pith is beauty isn`t?

    GB: 'You Reckon this pitch is beauty

    RS : Okay, i don`t want you to stay here for too long, good luck for the rest

    otherwise he would have asked one more question about the talent and class of Mr. talented of all time " Rohit Sharma".. GB: he would have said like this, yeah we all know what kind of player he is, He is consistent in his 100 + inns in ODi`s to fail and then comeback in few inns..Good thing is he is scored now in this F1 track and we will see the another hundred by 23rd November 2016...surely a legend.. Only in india we say that player with the experience of 100 + innings in international cricket as youngster.

  • cricpanther on October 18, 2013, 4:00 GMT

    WellDone Rohit, finally you are there!! you have bated superbly and you need this kind of knocks more and more, then you will be addicted for this. Thanks to MSD he backs you up. Now for next odis, few changes would be good for team, inplace of ishant, call for JAYDEV UNADKAT and also call AMIT MISHRA, as he can turn the ball and take wickets in any surface!! Mishra and Unadkat both could make big difference and strengthened bowling line up for team.

  • on October 18, 2013, 3:51 GMT

    @ AsherCA - Its very bad that you are dividing team India based on IPL.Please keep in mind that India is a single team when comes to the national team. Dont speak about Dhoni/Raina/Jadeja.They are the best in current Indian team.Who cares your rubbish words about this.

  • on October 18, 2013, 3:39 GMT

    @AsherCA: Why CSK/MI here? It was Rohit's day! Just because Rohit batted through this game doesn't mean he is the best among the four others you have cited. If it wasn't Gambhir and Dhoni's day 2 years back, the WC drought wouldn't have ended. Raina, Ashwin and Jadeja have excelled on their day. And there is no point in blaming the captain for the abysmal bowling. None of the bowlers were economic, so no point in blaming the captain. Call it the weakest bowling attack! The problem is with the talent and the selection. If you still try to prove your point " CSK stars flopped", then take this, A CSK star played the most crucial role in winning the WC. A CSK star holds the record of winning all possible trophies in world cricket.

  • on October 18, 2013, 2:28 GMT

    @tanwar dhilllon - if Tendulkar followed the run scoring pattern dhoni did (ordinary throughout the tournament apart from final) then India wouldn't be even playing a final match. Looks like Sachin and Yuvraj should be thanked for getting India to final in the first place.

  • on October 18, 2013, 1:37 GMT

    Msd , is a great leader and exactly knows what he is doing, good job cap keep up the good work

  • venkateswarlu84 on October 18, 2013, 1:27 GMT

    He struggled from 2007 - 2010 and scored 2 centuries and now finally one more. Already 100Plus ODIs to his ac with the contribution of Dhoni as captain. 6 yrs is too long, and if u allow 6th grade or 7th grade students to play for 100 plus ODIs m sure they would hv played better. Again who knows how long we hv to wait for him to score.

  • AvidCricFan on October 18, 2013, 1:00 GMT

    Hope this knock no Rohit is not an aberration but more of a norm to come in future. I don't expect him to be scoring a century in each ODI, but a big score rate at par with top performers. Rohit has 3 centuries in 104 games while Kohli has 16 in 115 games. If Rohit starts scoring a century in 6-8 games, he will be there in Kohli's league. I hope this score is confidence booster and not boaster for him.

  • vigneshvinu on October 18, 2013, 0:01 GMT

    The real test starts now only Rohit consistency has to be checked.I think both the teams will go with unchanged. Mohali pitch is famous for its bounce and pace.The team plays 2nd they can expect the dew.If ishant doesn't do well in mohali match then surely he cannot able to perform remaining matches as rest all pitches except cuttack favours the batsmen.

  • on October 17, 2013, 21:27 GMT

    good

  • on October 17, 2013, 21:24 GMT

    Rohit is gr8 talent needs to be groomed, he is match winner needs to be groomed, form is temp class is perm it needs to be groomed. Guys come on one century in 3 years its too less too late.

    Give other players a chance they will score 1 century every year worst case.

    I am not saying Rohit should be dropped, I am saying rotate the players there is immense talent which is getting wasted for no reason. Samson, Rayudu, Tiwari, Unmukt, Vijay Zol, Abhishek Nayyar so many others.

  • on October 17, 2013, 21:15 GMT

    AsherCA: Whatever said and done... CSk has gotten a good team, consisting of some of the top players of Team India... But, ur problem against CSK is evident... Being a true supporter of India, I would only say, there was no chance for Raina or Jaddu or MSD to show their class... And just FYI... these 3 have done their bit for Team India, and will continue to do so, despite their franchise affiliations... Please, for god's sake don't split up India for a franchise's sake!!

  • IndTheBest on October 17, 2013, 20:01 GMT

    @Tanwar Dhillon - Pardon me! Over hyped who? Do you really follow cricket?

  • on October 17, 2013, 18:45 GMT

    this is not ipl so stop foolishness........ all the players are for india

  • on October 17, 2013, 18:44 GMT

    I hope rohit is not tandulkar because all tandulkar cared for his stats if it wouldn't for Sir dhoni tandulkar whould have gone without World Cup. If anything is over hype that is tandulkar.

  • AsherCA on October 17, 2013, 15:01 GMT

    Yesterday, Ro-hit has hit CSK's no-hitters out of Cricinfo. None of the CSK fans who used to come here & keep passing snide comments are visible here. Reason - CSK stars, Raina / Jadeja / Dhoni flopped in the 1st & were not required to bat, Ashwin bowled India out of the first match, flop show during the 2nd was offset with an exceptional performance non-CSK players.

  • Prakmca on October 17, 2013, 14:09 GMT

    @sreehk - Just remember Tendular, he was in the same satge like Rohit today... Tendulular is elevated to open the innings after 80+ ODI, and ne he is the wrold top scorer in all format of cricket. I am not tellling that Rohit is having same temperment as Tendulkar, but for every one we have to give time. Rohit started playing reasoanbly good after moving to top slot. Lets hope he will continue to play good. DON"T under estimate anyone.

  • on October 17, 2013, 13:56 GMT

    10 years ago, India found themselves overawed by exactly same no of runs (359/2 that time). I recall Steve Waugh had written in an article on the eve of the WC 2003 final that Indian team (and generally all Indian teams till then) depends heavily on emotional balance. When they have it, they are in their own groove and they are unbeatable that day. But if that balance is lost they can lose to any team. He advised Australian team should just focus to disturb that and match will be theirs. Next day, instead of Australians, Zaheer Khan obliged Australians by the way of showing unnecessary showmanship to Gilchrist & Hayden, which back-fired heavily. Rest is history. As compared, today's team - with Dhoni leading the way - seems to be taking it in their strides more easily & positively. They make it a routine work at office, give your 100% without attaching emotions (which of course are present there but do not come in the way). Talent was always there, now it has company of right attitude.

  • on October 17, 2013, 13:39 GMT

    The best thing in this victory is the way young Indian players are enjoying each others' successes. Dhawan feeling happy about Rohit, Rohit happy about Virat, Virat telling Rohit that it is your day..... One may recollect former Australian players crying foul about exactly this thing missing from current Australian test team. This Indian team attitude just vindicates their claim.

  • Cricdew on October 17, 2013, 11:47 GMT

    @hhillbumper.....I just want to remind you that 1983 world cup,2013 Champions Trophy,2007 T20.........Please check their venues and the winner...Then you will get your answer..because by simple way its hard to tell..SO please do it and get rid off your doubts.

  • kapilesh23 on October 17, 2013, 10:45 GMT

    The thing with Rohit is that he requires good partners at the other end. He has found good partners in Dhawan and Kohli. I remember he made good partnership with kohli before this match as well. If he has now built his temperament than I will look forward for his rivalry with Kohli in the future. Please publish.

  • Des_65 on October 17, 2013, 9:30 GMT

    Emancipator007, I agree with you. I would have loved to see 50 hundreds against Tendulkar's name in ODI's. But, he did make many 90s and got out.

  • anshu.s on October 17, 2013, 8:14 GMT

    @ hhillbumper, mate you want to know what true overhype and hyperbole means just refer to English media and it's coverage of English Premier league.Brit media never gets tired of drilling it in our ears how EPL is this greatest,biggest,best football league in the world where in reality it is overhyped kick and rush and route 1 football totally dominated by foriegn players and medicore English players are hyped as 2nd comings of Pele and Maradona.Comparing Indian cricket to English cricket is pointless because mainstream media in UK does not care much about cricket, hence my comparisons with Football...

    Yes Indian cricket and English football is overhyped but difference is that Indian senior and u-19 cricket teams keep winning world and major titles while English football team is still waiting since 1966 !!!

  • sreehk on October 17, 2013, 8:09 GMT

    For the number of chances given to Rohit, including the maximum opportunity to bat 50 overs as opener, this 1 century is hardly anything for wild celebrations. What was Ravi Shastri shouting at and craving for? Will this really and genuinely shut his critics mouth? He has a lot to prove yet. He needs to score at least a 10 tons for the stuff that people are talking about him. Look at people like Kholi, Amla, Cook and what those people have done to be called as "TALENT". If shot making alone is talent then I can assure you have 1000 Rohits around in every street.

  • on October 17, 2013, 7:00 GMT

    hhillbumper - please don't talk about hype. We all know how the English media hyped up botham as an all time great- even though his best period of 4-5 years was when top 30 player were playing world series cricket. Despite having an ordinary record against WI and Pakistan (2 best sides of 80's), he is termed as one of the best all rounders. And now u are accusing India of overhyphing their players.

  • on October 17, 2013, 6:45 GMT

    I think we have just witnessed new Rohit Sharma in the making

  • on October 17, 2013, 5:59 GMT

    The exact replacement for Tendu is Rohit. He can play all shots and again he is cool head. He shown the character like Tendu, Dhoni, Waugh Bros(Steav, Mark), Inzy,Dravid, Laxman, Disilva. Bottom line your bat should talk not verbally. I like Kohli but he has attitude problem he shown in IPL with his Delhi senior. If he is not changing his attitude he will suffer like other Delhi folks(Gambhir,sehwag) and Ganguly. Unfortunately little Kohli (Unmukth) following his foot prints. i hope these two guys(Roghi, Kohli) can take Indian cricket to next level. My Era, Tendu-Ganguly, Shewag-Ghambir.

  • on October 17, 2013, 5:31 GMT

    Rohit...is new superstar..he will become superduper hero...he will be the next CAPTAIN...he already proved how he can (Mumbai..win both tittle this yr under the Rohit captaincy...SO CHEERS for ROHIT...and say bye bye to MS DHONI ..becose..SAMSON is knock the entry door with big hopes...

  • Capricorn60 on October 17, 2013, 4:47 GMT

    @hhillbumper there will always be people like yourself who will come out with such envious & vitriolic comments that Indian batsmen only do well due to batting on flat tracks at home. However just as Tendulkar succeeded in batting on all types of tracks all over the world, these young players like Kohli too are simply too talented not to similarly do very well in overseas conditions too. For example, Kohli has done so well batting abroad in Australia, already has an amazing 16 ODI's 100's under his belt but is only around 25yrs old & yet to reach his prime - so please zip up, be objective & just simply admire watching such sublime talent!

  • SamRoy on October 17, 2013, 4:22 GMT

    Ishant and Vinay bowl such nonsense it is difficult to control them. Dhoni won't drop them ever as he clearly has favourites like Vinay, Ishant, Jadeja, Raina and Vijay (main reason why Jadeja was bought at such a high price by CSK). Best thing is for the selectors is to tke the cue and drop Ishant and Vinay from the team from all formats forever. Thank God Dinda was dropped, now drop these two. Bring in Unadkat and Mohit Sharma for ODIs in their place and the test team seam bowlers should be from Bhuvi, Umesh, Ishwar, Dhawal and Shami (any 3 from them though if it were left to me I would always pick Bhuvi and Umesh and 1 out of the other 3). Zaheer is still very skillful but he can break down any moment. Better for him being the mentor to these bowlers.

  • Emancipator007 on October 17, 2013, 3:42 GMT

    India's ODI batting talent riches are just INCREDIBLE. You have Sehwag, Gambhir, SRT (forced out unfairly from ODIs),Pujara (world class bat with superb List A records not getting chances cos of Dhoni's "theories"),Rahane,Tiwary sitting out. In the next tier, you have Karthik,Vijay,Mandeep, Unmukt (expected to be India's next best hard/bouncy wicket player in future),Pandey,Rayudu,Utthapa who will NEVER get a look in unless all 6 of the current line-up are horribly out of form. Only one in current line-up who does not deserve so MANY chances & not world class at all is Raina with 10 straight ODI innings failures in 2 tours of SA in '06/'10 & average performance in last ODI tri-series in Aus. Pujara (who I expect to be India's Miandad for OZ World Cup) needs to be slotted in for World Cup 2015 as Raina,Jadeja,ageing Yuvraj would be sitting ducks in OZ/NZ & Dhawan is untested there. So-called "Project Raina" should be shelved immediately.

  • sweetspot on October 17, 2013, 3:34 GMT

    Relief. That's the one word that really must come to the fore while describing Rohit Sharma's MOM performance. What a special player! And how much he has endeared and irritated his fans over the few years he has entertained them. He is just so good that it was only a matter of time, but how much time? That's the question he answered beautifully. A team with lesser riches might have actually helped him clear his head, even if it weighed him down with more responsibility, but with the opener's slot, it looks like this chap has finally found his place. Along with Darren Bravo, he is the most graceful one to watch out for.

  • on October 17, 2013, 1:56 GMT

    I hope this innings will change Rohit's life forever. He should try and get another hundred this series. Virat played like some one who was possessed and certainly helped Rohit get that elusive hundred by taking the pressure off of him. Sadly, these guys made Viru disappear :) but I am not complaining. Sehwag should put a brave face and move on. He is that kind of guy anyway.

  • Emancipator007 on October 17, 2013, 0:47 GMT

    India's ODI batting talent riches are just INCREDIBLE. You have Sehwag, Gambhir, SRT (forced out unfairly from ODIs),Pujara (world class bat with superb List A records not getting chances cos of Dhoni's "theories"),Rahane,Tiwary sitting out. In the next tier, you have Karthik,Vijay,Mandeep, Unmukt (expected to be India's best hard/bouncy wicket player in future),Pandey,Rayudu,Utthapa who will NEVER get a look in unless all 6 of the current line-up are horribly out of form. Only one in current line-up who does not deserve so MANY chances & not world class at all is Raina with 10 straight ODI innings failures in 2 tours of SA in '06/'10 & average performance in last ODI tri-series in Aus. Pujara (who I expect to be India's Miandad for OZ World Cup) needs to be slotted in for World Cup 2015 as Raina,Jadeja,ageing Yuvraj would be sitting ducks in OZ/NZ & Dhawan is untested there. So-called "Project Raina" should be shelved immediately.

  • cricket_ahan on October 16, 2013, 23:06 GMT

    Honestly, what a destructive top 6! Amazing batting yesterday, all the more so since they only lost one wicket and didn't even need to normal finishing squad of Dhoni and Yuvraj. Tremendous batting depth in Indian cricket at the moment, backed by good levels of fitness, attention to detail previously lacking in Indian batsmen (e.g. running between the wickets), a spirited cohesiveness amongst the players, and above all else, a hunger to win. The bowling unit still has some chinks in the armour - not sure why Ishant Sharma is still playing (no pace, no swing, can't maintain line and length, and has a laughably-threatening short ball). Vinay Kumar is also ordinary. Only immediate replacements I see are a rejuvenated Zak and Umesh Yadav (not sure why he;s not playing now). Even Unadkat or Shami are better options than Ishant.

  • corzaNZ on October 16, 2013, 22:00 GMT

    Kohli is easily the best short form batter in the world. 16 ODI hundreds so far, and as of 17/10/2011 - 17/10/2013 (2 years) he has scored 10 centuries. he is almost 25 so you got to think if he continues for another 7-10 years, the record Tendulkar holds of 49 centuries could be surpassed. IMO i can see him getting 50+ he is unbelievable!!

  • on October 16, 2013, 21:50 GMT

    After this knock and several others in the last one year , I will say that the absence of all the " BIG FOUR " Tendulkar, Dravid, Laxman , Ganguly " will not be missed. The performances of Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Pujara, Shikhar Dhawan and a few others have already started speaking for themselves. They seem to have virtually replaced the old stalwarts .All that remains is testing waters on fast paced wickets against pacy bowlers in S.Africa. Australia and England. if these guys can continue their batting juggernaut in the same vein., India will truly be world beaters reigning supreme and raise their flags high up.

  • BigINDFan on October 16, 2013, 21:41 GMT

    Long overdue and opening the innings is helping Rohit. Dhawan is a huge pressure relief valve for Rohit. Kohli is in awesome form and can tear any attack apart at the current rate. It is not easy to outplay Aus bowling like this, kudos gentlemen!

    Ishant and Vinay - Really, please make way for Mishra and other bowlers. Sorry stuff and the awesome batting should not hide the nonsense dished out by you guys.

    MSD need to give Mishra and other quicks a chance, keep rotating so that you get the best for every game. Ind bowling is pathetic right now and you cannot keep chasing 300+ every game.

  • ABanandAvionics on October 16, 2013, 20:11 GMT

    Rohit you dont know how much i was waiting for this innings of yours , i am your biggest fan , my friends and colleagues taunts me whenever i used to support you , but today you proved all your critics wrong , now just maintain this momentum , i am sure you are the next legend of indian cricket .. Just keep performing

  • reghuh on October 16, 2013, 19:50 GMT

    Dhawan/Rohit and Kohli should go and encourage Ishant /Vinay whom im sure have not yet released the best out of them- even todays effort by Ishant/Vinay went in vain as the batting trio of kohli/dhawan/rohit made to look a hard earned target set by Ishant/Vinay look like a joke.....they should encourage Ishant/Vinay to deliver more upto what they are really capable of so that opposition posts something like 1000 or so runs which might look as a real challenge for the Indian batsmen rather than below par scores like this.....lol

  • DD_f0rever on October 16, 2013, 19:47 GMT

    Wow.

    Kohli - Easily World's No.1 batsman right now (on current form) and he is just 24 ! Way to go, boy.

    Sehwag vanished. Dhawan replaced him and didn't let anyone miss Sehwag.

    .

    SRT retired (almost !), and Kohli already announced his arrival (3 years back !) and has been delivering for Team India so consistently ( *touch wood*). Really a specialist in chasing tht too with big 100s. Lol Already 16 hundreds in ODIs. .

    Rohit Sharma at last justifying his talent with performance ever since he was made to open in Champions trophy. . Raina - Always a dangerous batsman down the order. "Project Raina" will only take him to new level. . Yuvraj and Dhoni - 2 Veterans any team would love/die to have.

    God ! How come India produce such World Batsmen in no time. Except Raina all batsmen have literally destroyed opposition bowling attacks all over the World. Be it MSD thrashing Pak bowlrs, Yuvi hitting Broad, Dhawan shining in CT in Eng, or Kohli ripping SL bowlers apaaart. India Rocks !

  • reghuh on October 16, 2013, 19:46 GMT

    Rohits knock was a gem today......no words to explain the high level entertainment provided by Dhawan and Kohli....it was crucifiction for Aussies- they would never have thought in their wildest of dreams that such a target could be chased .... Its actually Indian batsmen vs Indian bowlers now...hehe....thanks to the bowling attack of Ishant,Vinay for their such levels of consistancy that Indian batting is now apt for facing any target- they actually can challenge Ishant and Vinay- is that all that you can get us chase???lol

  • Capricorn60 on October 16, 2013, 19:37 GMT

    I hope Rohit's detractors zip up now & let this hugely talented player grow to be an established player in the ODI & T20 Indian team, maybe one day even a Test player too. Even though it may been another flat Indian wicket today, today's performance shows there is certainly life after Tendulkar & these young talented batsmen in the Indian line up are more than ready to take over the mantle & vie with one another to be the next generation's superstar!

  • on October 16, 2013, 19:16 GMT

    awesome batting display aided by some wayward bowling from both teams... but nothing to take from a rampaging Virat, a lazy elegant Rohit n a daredevil Dhawan... watch out Aussies!!!!!!

  • on October 16, 2013, 19:16 GMT

    take a bow gentlemen. ...u were just superb.

  • Cpt.Meanster on October 16, 2013, 18:55 GMT

    He was a bit scratchy at first but then his shots were sublime. This will be one of his BEST ever ODI innings. Such performances don't come by often so Rohit should be feeling really good about his knock. I hope he continues to build on his game which is still a bit shaky when he starts out. But once he settles, he's simply a treat to watch. Well done Rohit !!

  • hhillbumper on October 16, 2013, 18:54 GMT

    okay let me say this first.World class player, greatest ever. Genius. There that should start the hyperbole rolling. I mean playing that attack on that wicket is a certain sign of all time talent.Not

  • on October 16, 2013, 18:50 GMT

    hopefully its the start of big things

  • on October 16, 2013, 18:43 GMT

    Rohit hits his firts ton in 3 years and if he goes on this way, then India can begin checking off the crosses on their 2015 world cup squad. However, I don't think Rohit Sharma will ever get rid of his inconsistency, a fact he highlights further by saying he tends to play "stupid shots." If only he can keep it together for the next couple of years, he and India stand a chance in Australia in 2015 !

  • Unmesh_cric on October 16, 2013, 18:25 GMT

    I firmly believe that the first step toward rectifying a problem is to accept that there is a problem. I am glad that Rohit is well aware of his tendency to throw away his wicket after getting a start. I have been a Rohit Sharma fan since he started out. Even being a fan of his batting, it was really frustrating to see him giving his wicket away after scoring 40-50. I am glad that the opening position in ODIs has made Rohit a bit more responsible in his stroke-play. He his biding his time initially and not looking to do anything extravagant in the first 4-5 overs. I hope this hundred is just the beginning and he gets many more hundreds (and wins many more matches) for India. Keep it going, Rohit!

  • usernames on October 16, 2013, 18:20 GMT

    Hahahaha, Kohli is awesome! They started bowling half volleys. Hahahhaha!

  • on October 16, 2013, 18:18 GMT

    the RVD show.........(Rohit, Virat, Dhawan); well done Rohit sir

  • on October 16, 2013, 17:57 GMT

    Rohit Sharma definitely deserves this century. All the best my Hero!!!

  • on October 16, 2013, 17:57 GMT

    Rohit Sharma definitely deserves this century. All the best my Hero!!!

  • on October 16, 2013, 18:18 GMT

    the RVD show.........(Rohit, Virat, Dhawan); well done Rohit sir

  • usernames on October 16, 2013, 18:20 GMT

    Hahahaha, Kohli is awesome! They started bowling half volleys. Hahahhaha!

  • Unmesh_cric on October 16, 2013, 18:25 GMT

    I firmly believe that the first step toward rectifying a problem is to accept that there is a problem. I am glad that Rohit is well aware of his tendency to throw away his wicket after getting a start. I have been a Rohit Sharma fan since he started out. Even being a fan of his batting, it was really frustrating to see him giving his wicket away after scoring 40-50. I am glad that the opening position in ODIs has made Rohit a bit more responsible in his stroke-play. He his biding his time initially and not looking to do anything extravagant in the first 4-5 overs. I hope this hundred is just the beginning and he gets many more hundreds (and wins many more matches) for India. Keep it going, Rohit!

  • on October 16, 2013, 18:43 GMT

    Rohit hits his firts ton in 3 years and if he goes on this way, then India can begin checking off the crosses on their 2015 world cup squad. However, I don't think Rohit Sharma will ever get rid of his inconsistency, a fact he highlights further by saying he tends to play "stupid shots." If only he can keep it together for the next couple of years, he and India stand a chance in Australia in 2015 !

  • on October 16, 2013, 18:50 GMT

    hopefully its the start of big things

  • hhillbumper on October 16, 2013, 18:54 GMT

    okay let me say this first.World class player, greatest ever. Genius. There that should start the hyperbole rolling. I mean playing that attack on that wicket is a certain sign of all time talent.Not

  • Cpt.Meanster on October 16, 2013, 18:55 GMT

    He was a bit scratchy at first but then his shots were sublime. This will be one of his BEST ever ODI innings. Such performances don't come by often so Rohit should be feeling really good about his knock. I hope he continues to build on his game which is still a bit shaky when he starts out. But once he settles, he's simply a treat to watch. Well done Rohit !!

  • on October 16, 2013, 19:16 GMT

    take a bow gentlemen. ...u were just superb.

  • on October 16, 2013, 19:16 GMT

    awesome batting display aided by some wayward bowling from both teams... but nothing to take from a rampaging Virat, a lazy elegant Rohit n a daredevil Dhawan... watch out Aussies!!!!!!