No regrets on missing on century: Rohit
2nd October 2016
Rohit Sharma may have missed his century here, but he has no regrets as his partnership with Wriddhiman Saha has firmly placed India on the driver's seat.
“After the wicket of Kohli it was important for me to carry on. We were batting well, but I failed to read the line of the ball and which didn’t bounce enough as expected. But I am happy at the end of the day India is in a healthy position,” he said.
He shared a 103 run partnership with Wriddhiman that brought India back into the game, having lost six wickets for just 106 runs. Asked about Wriddhiman’s role for the next day, he said, “We expect he will carry on tomorrow adding substantially to the total so that we can have a command over the match,” he added.
Asked if there was pressure, Rohit said, “It is a part of the game. As a player I never succumb to pressure. I prefer to keep things simple. I just knew I had to carry on and play my natural game which I did.”
"It was still a difficult pitch to bat on. The pitch has uneven bounce, but it eased out towards the end of the day. As a cricketer you are expected to understand your role and play accordingly,” he added.
New Zealand bowler Trent Boult felt they were not out of the match yet. “It will be a tough pitch to bat. But if tomorrow we can get them out early and manage to get a good start then we will still have a chance to give a good fight,” he said.
Asked if the heat was problem, he smiled, “It is very hot and humid out there. But as a cricketer you are expected to deal with these factors. But as the sun went dpown the conditions eased up a bit”.
Boult, praised Rohit Sharma for his brilliant knock. “We started well in the second innings. Picked up early wickets, but Rohit Sharma is a class batsman and he has showed it again. Conditions were tough but he batted really well with patience, at a time when a partnership was important.”
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