India completed a 3-0 whitewash over South Africa by winning the third and final Test by an innings and 202 runs at the JSCA Stadium on Tuesday. During the series, Rohit Sharma scored 529 runs—including two centuries and a double hundred—in the four innings, he played against the Proteas and shattered many records.
After thumping the Proteas and pocketing the series 3-0, the HITMAN insisted that it has been a great start for him as a top-order batsman and he doesn't want to let it go.
“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,” Rohit said after he was adjudged the Player of the Series.
“It's been a great start, so I don't want to let it go. I realised you need to have discipline at the start of the innings. Once you are in, you can play your game. That's what I have done. I follow a certain template that allows me to have some success,” he added.
The 32-year-old further expressed gratitude to the team management, including head coach Ravi Shastri and skipper Virat Kohli, for providing him with the opportunity to open in Test cricket.
“You need support from the management, coach, captain, that has helped a lot,” Rohit said.
Rohit scored 212 runs in the Ranchi Test on a pitch which had assistance for the pacers. India had lost three early wickets after opting to bat. However, Rohit showed great maturity and played the ball on its merit. He along with India vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane batted brilliantly and helped India post 497/9 decl in the first innings.