India vs Australia: Century is Immaterial if Team Does Not Win, Says Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma had smashed an unbeaten 171 in the first ODI against Australia in Perth. But tons from Steven Smith and George Bailey saw the host beat India by five wickets.
His last three international hundreds have been in losing causes and Indian batsman Rohit Sharma feels that even the best of knocks do not give a player satisfaction if the team ends up on a losing note. (Rohit Sharma Breaks Plethora of Records During First India vs Australia ODI at WACA, Perth)
Rohit smashed his way to an unbeaten 171 in the first ODI against Australia but the home team comfortably won by five wickets in Perth on Tuesday.
"It was a great knock and it is always important to start the series on a positive note. (But) it was disappointing in the end not to be on the winning side because that is what matters at the end of the day. How many runs you score doesn't matter if your team doesn't end up winning," Rohit told bcci.tv.Â (Match Report)
"Personally, it was important that I could get the team off to a good start and then carry on the momentum from there. That is exactly what I did."
In his 163-ball knock, Rohit also broke Viv Richards' record of the highest individual score in ODIs against Australia in Australia. Richards had smashed an unbeaten 153 in 1979.Â
Rohit is now hoping to cash-in on the good start in the series. "We always talk about this in our team meeting that one batsman needs to carry on and bat as long and deep as possible. One set batsman batting till the end makes a huge difference. I feel I have been doing that of late. I have been getting past 100 and then trying my best to get bigger scores after the century.
"Hundred is just a milestone, but you have to look at it from the team's perspective as well. I want to get big hundreds for the team." (Rohit Sharma an Exceptional ODI Player, Surprised By Poor Test Form: Sourav Ganguly)
On bouncy Australian tracks, the key to success is playing with soft hands and the Mumbaikar said he has exactly been doing that.
"It is something that I have been doing of late, which is to assess the situation initially and then accelerate. With two new white balls from both ends end, it does do a little bit, especially here in Perth, there is a bit of extra bounce. As a batsman, it is important to analyse what is happening.
"You have to be wary of such factors and shot selections become very important. I had a certain gameplan in my head and I was trying to execute it. Once I got into my zone, it was important to carry on and make it big from there. I wanted to get the team to a good total," he added.
The batsman said that the team needs to check what went wrong. "We need to see where we went wrong."