Hyderabad:The century came probably a day late but Rohit Sharma refuses to complain and instead hopes that the selectors have taken note of his performance against a full-strength Australian side on Thursday.
The talented youngster was part of the Indian Test squad in Sri Lanka but a place in the playing XI eluded him there and he was unceremoniously jettisoned when the selectors announced the squad for the first two Tests against Australia.
"Obviously it felt bad but then selection is not in my hands," said the Mumbai batsman, who hit a sparkling 105 against a potent Australian attack.
Chips were down with the side reeling at 59 for three but Rohit propped up the Board President's XI with his 146-run partnership with fellow centurion Virat Kohli and he reckons it was a crucial knock for him.
"I think it came at the right time for me," he said. Asked if it was his way of answering to the snub he received from the selectors, Rohit said, "It's not like that. I have got to do my job and I'm concentrating on that."
"It was an important knock for me because it came against the full-strength Australian team. To play against the world champions and managing to score runs gives you a different type of feeling. I'm feeling very happy but I don't want to get complacent," he said.
"I was confident going into the match since I had done well I played against them last time. Besides, this is a lucky ground for me where I have done well in the India Premier League," Rohit said.
On the sidelines of the tour match, chief selector Krishnamachari Srikkanth met Rohit here. Asked what transpired between them, Rohit said, "Nothing as such. He just told me to continue the good work."
Though he did not get to play a Test match in Sri Lanka, Rohit said he benefited from the tour.
"(India coach) Gary Kirsten worked on my batting and sorted out a few issues with my technique. Senior players also helped me there. After all, Test cricket is a different challenge," he said.
Dwelling on his partnership with Kohli, Rohit said, "We decided to keep going. We knew (Brett) Lee and (Mitchell) Johnson would not bowl for long spells and we needed partnership."
"He (Kohli) played well, especially because initially there was pressure on us. We executed our plans and even after I got out, he kept going," Rohit said.