Kept talking to myself: Rohit Sharma on success as Test opener vs South Africa


first_img Next Kept talking to myself: Rohit Sharma on success as Test opener vs South AfricaIndia vs South Africa 3rd Test: Rohit Sharma ended his first series as a Test opner with 2 centuries and a double hundred. He was awarded the Man of the Series for his prolific form.advertisement India Today Web Desk RanchiOctober 22, 2019UPDATED: October 22, 2019 11:56 IST Rohit Sharma scored a double hundred in Ranchi Test against South Africa. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSRohit Sharma won the Man of the Match and Man of the SeriesRohit scored 2 hundreds and a double hundred in the 3-match Test series against South AfricaFor the first time ever, India clean swept South Africa in a Test seriesAfter the start of play on Day 4 of the Test, it took India just 9 minutes and 2 overs to defeat South Africa by an innings and 202 runs and complete a 3-0 series whitewash in Ranchi on Tuesday.It was Rohit Sharma who laid the foundation for a huge first innings score with his prolific double hundred-and his third century of the series–and then the Indian pacers wreaked havoc over the last two days to all-out South Africa for 162 and 133 in the two innings in Ranchi.Rohit Sharma was named the Man of the Match and the Man of the Series for his rich run-of-form throughout the series after taking up the new role of Test opener for India.”It’s been a great start, so I don’t want to let it go. That started long back in 2013, when I started opening for India in white ball cricket. I realised you need to have discipline at the start of the innings. Once you are in, you can play your game,” Rohit Sharma said during the post match presentation.”That’s what I have done, I follow a certain template that allows me to have some success. You need support from the management, coach, captain, that has helped a lot. Test cricket is a different ball game, getting that big score will give me confidence moving forward. I was trying to be mindful about that. You need to be disciplined, I kept talking to myself. I wanted to make a big score and get my team into good positions,” Rohit added.advertisementRohit Sharma broke a series of record in his new avatar. He become only the fifth Indian opener after Vinoo Mankad, Budhi Kunderan, Sunil Gavskar and Virender Sehwag to score 500-plus runs in a single Test series.Rohit also became only the 4th batsman after Virender Sehwag, Sachin Tendulkar and Chris Gayle to score double hundreds in both ODI and Test formats of the game.For all his achievement and his success as a Test opener, Rohit Sharma thanked the team management, coach Ravi Shastri, and captain Virat Kohli for putting faith in him.”I said it before as well, thankful to the management for the opportunity. Considering how the series has gone by, I can take a lot of positives, especially how to counter that new ball. The new ball will be a threat anywhere in the world.”Also Read | India vs South Africa, 3rd Test stat wrap: Rohit Sharma and Team India rewrite record books in RanchiFor 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 byAnita Jatlast_img

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