“We can chase anything”, says Rohit Sharma

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TIDU’s Gourav Joshi reports from India

India’s centurion and Man of the Match Rohit Sharma has sent a warning to Australia declaring India is confident of chasing anything.

Sharma struck his third ODI century in Jaipur, his first in three years. He said “With the new rules it allows only four fielders to be outside the circle and it becomes really tough for the bowling team. So it always gives us confidence to chasing anything if we apply ourselves”

Sharma, Virat Kholi and Shikhar Dhawan thrashed the Australian bowlers into submission as India recorded its highest ever run chase in ODI history.   Needing 360 to win, India reached the target with 39 balls to spare and lost only one wicket.

While the Indian bowlers were pummelled once again by the Australia batsmen, Sharma defended his bowlers stating “It is just not our bowlers, Australia’s bowlers conceded 200 in the T20 and then tonight they failed to defend 360 odd.”

More than 700 runs were plundered on a pitch that was a nightmare for the bowlers. India’s Man of the Match had no sympathy when asked if he felt sorry for the bowlers on such wickets. “No, you have to be ruthless, we are playing a sport and there are times when the conditions will favour the bowlers, so we have to make the most of it when the conditions are in our favour.”

Sharma also went on to state that he had never been frustrated despite not converting the starts into big innings since moving into the opening role. “It is they [the media] that get frustrated. For me it is about winning and not individual performances. But it is nice to see so many smiles because I have scored a century.”

The man from Mumbai was not getting too ahead of himself and stated there was still a long way to go in the seven match series now level at one-all. But the win of such dimension will certainly give India enormous confidence.

India now travels to Chandigarh having gained the ascendency and denting Australian bowlers’ confidence.

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