Rohit: One of the best pitches that I’ve played on


India’s Rohit Sharma says the pitch at the Brabourne Stadium for the fourth ODI against Wes Indies was one of the best he has played on in at home.

Opening batsman Rohit struck a masterful 162 off 137 balls in Mumbai to help India to an emphatic 224-run victory over the Windies as the hosts took a 2-1 lead in the five-match series with one game left to play on Thursday.

It was Rohit’s seventh score of 150 or more in ODI cricket but he said he had to first get himself in before helping India to a mammoth total of 377/5.

Rohit said after the game: “In the first innings when me and Shikhar Dhawan were batting, we were not finding it that easy because it was doing a little bit.

“You can’t just go straight away and start playing shots. You need to spend some time.

“So in my opinion the pitch was on offer for both batsman and bowlers. It was probably one of the best pitches that I’ve played on in India.

“It is a good pitch and you get value for your shots. It has a fast outfield, so you don’t need to try and hit too hard. You can find the gaps, and that’s what I was looking at.”

This was Rohit’s second time that he has gone past the 150-run mark in the series – after scoring 152 in the opening game – but he insists at no point was he thinking about adding to his three double centuries in ODI cricket.

The 31-year-old continued: “While batting, I don’t think about scoring hundreds or double-hundreds. I just want to go bat, score runs and get the team to good positions.

“The three double-hundreds that I’ve got, I had never thought about getting them. Even today, in fact, Rayudu was telling me that I can get a double-hundred.

“But I was just trying to focus on my batting and not think about how I’m going to get to double-hundred.

“I wanted to score runs and make sure that we get enough runs because CCI can get tricky while [defending]. But we bowled well to get them out.”