first_imgadvertisement view more view less commentary World Cup 2019: Centurion Rohit Sharma explains why he couldn’t play his natural gameIndian opener Rohit Sharma curbed his attacking instincts to post an unbeaten 122 as India beat South Africa by 6 wickets in their World Cup 2019 opener in Southampton scorecardcenter_img graphs No data available! Ajay Tiwari SouthamptonJune 5, 2019UPDATED: June 6, 2019 01:55 IST Rohit Sharma celebrates India’s win with Hardik Pandya (Reuters)HIGHLIGHTSRohit Sharma hit 122* to help India beat South Africa by 6 wicketsIt was the 23rd ODI hundred of Sharma’s careerThe opener played with caution initially, only to accelerate later in his inningsIndian opener Rohit Sharma hit an unbeaten 122 runs to help India win their first match of the World Cup 2019 against South Africa in Southampton on June 5. After being set 228 runs for a victory, Rohit played a gem of an innings depite being troubled initially by the Proteas pacers. Adjudged the Man of the MActch for his match-defining innings, Rohit explained why he approached the innings with caution.”Different experience from India. There was something in it for the bowlers through the game, so you had to play out the overs initially and see what the ball was doing. Couldn’t play my natural game. You have to take your time. Certain shots that I like playing, I had to cut out and play close to the body, and follow the basics properly – try and leave as many balls as possible on a pitch that is doing a bit,” said Rohit after the win.Rohit found able support from Virat Kohli (18), KL Rahul (26) and MS Dhoni (34) as they stitched crucial partnerships whenever wickets fell, to romp home with a victory by 6 wickets.”Building partnerships was key in this chase. It was a small total, but since there was something in it for the bowlers, it was tough and we needed partnerships. It’s the batsmen’s job to get the job done, whoever is out in the middle. We can’t rely on one or two individuals all the time. That’s been the hallmark of this team over the last two years – someone always puts their hand up and takes the responsibility to take the team across the line. I hope at some stage someone will put their hand up and take that challenge,” explained Rohit.advertisementWhen presenter and former India cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar asked Rohit how he could look so fresh after spending close to 100 overs in the field, the batsman credited it to the weather in England.”That’s the beauty of playing in England – we are playing a little early. We play in July/August, but this is June. The weather has been good, and overcast, so you don’t sweat too much like in India. It wasn’t a typical Rohit Sharma innings, but I had to play out the overs initially to make sure that the job is done,” concluded Rohit.India will next clash against Australia on June 9 at The Oval.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Rohit Sharma, Yuzvendra Chahal power India to opening win over South AfricaAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Rohit Sharma goes past Sourav Ganguly with 23rd ODI hundredFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow Rohit SharmaFollow Team IndiaFollow World Cup 2019last_img

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