India’s limited-overs skipper, Rohit Sharma said the dominating 6-wicket win over West Indies in their 1000th ODI was not a perfect one but he was delighted to get going with the bat after returning from a hamstring injury. Rohit played flamboyant knock of 51-ball 60 as India chased down a 177-run target with 6 wickets and 22 overs to spare in the first of a 3-match ODI series in Ahmedabad on Sunday.
Rohit Sharma played his last competitive match during India’s home T20I series against New Zealand in November last year. However, he looked at his fluent best as he tore into the new-ball attack of West Indies. Rohit smashed 10 boundaries and a six as he did not run much but dealt in boundaries in their 6-wicket victory.
Talking about his knock after the match, Rohit Sharma said, “I don’t believe in a perfect game. We want to keep getting better. All in all a great effort from everyone. We ticked all boxes. With that bat we could’ve finished with not so many wickets, that is one.”
A well made half-century for @ImRo45, this is his 44th in ODIs.
— BCCI (@BCCI) February 6, 2022
He further added, “Could also have created pressure on their lower order. I’ve been off for a while, haven’t played for two months but I was back home hitting the balls. Knew there was a long season ahead. Can take a lot of positives from this game.”
With the win, India won their first match in 2022 after losing 5 consecutive games across the format. In what is being looked at as a new era for India in ODI cricket under the leadership of Rohit Sharma, India have to work on their shortcomings on the road to the 2023 World Cup. He said the team will keep striving to get better in every game they play on the road to the World Cup.
Explaining the same, Rohit Sharma said, “We want to keep getting better as a team. The end goal is we should be able to achieve what the team wants. If the team requires us to do something different, have to do it. Don’t think we have to change a lot. All I ask from players is to keep challenging themselves.”