Melbourne: After scoring his second century at the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on Thursday, India opener Rohit Sharma said he wanted to make this innings count at the grand stage.
Guided by Rohit's 137, the defending champions put up a challenging total of 302/6 against Bangladesh in the World Cup quarter-final. No team has ever chased down a target of 300 or more at the historic venue, which will also host the final.
Rohit Sharma. Pic/ AFP
“It is the World Cup quarter-final, so I wanted to make it count. I am glad we eventually posted a good total and now it is important to come back and defend,” Rohit said at the mid-innings break.
The Mumbaikar was slow to start with but gathered momentum in the middle as he kept clobbering the bowlers all around the park to smash 14 boundaries and three huge sixes in his 126-ball innings.
“It was important for me stay at the crease, especially knowing we lost a few wickets in the middle. We knew it would be slow and low, so I wanted to take my time. I knew if I could stay till the 35th over I could make it count,” he said, after scoring his seventh One-Day International (ODI) ton.
The 27-year-old added that it became easier batting on the strip after the short rain delay in the 39th over. “After the rain, the ball came on nicely. It was important to hold your shape and then play your shots,” he said.
Only two other non-Australian batsmen have scored two centuries at the MCG - David Gower and Viv Richards.