Rohit Sharma’s superb 209 off 158 deliveries was a classic. This led India to a series-clinching 57-run victory over Australia on Saturday. Maybe the Aussies missed their main strike bowler, Mitchell Johnson. But going by the way the Mumbai batsman went about his business, the presence of Johnson may have hardly mattered. Such was his confidence.
But Sharma admitted later that he was just going with the flow and did not plan for a double hundred. He took his chances but the main ingredient was confidence.
“When I went into bat, I did not think about scoring a double hundred,” he said on Saturday night. “I just wanted to get a big score and when I was on 180, I thought that 200 would be possible. The ball was in the range. I could have got out also. So, I had to stay in the middle,” he added.
“I do not think about too many things. That is how I play. It all came out well in the end because we clinched the series and I am happy about it,” he said.
Sharma seems to have come of age as a dependable opener. And he is enjoying the new role. “If I am playing as an opener, I get opportunities to score and I really like my new role as an opener. It is exciting and challenging. Of course, the goal is to always get more runs,” he said.
Sharma is all set to make his Test debut in the upcoming series against the West Indies. Asked if he will be comfortable if asked to bat in the middle order, he said: “If I am picked for the middle order, I will play. Test matches are the ultimate. I have wanted to play Tests for a long time.”