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Three low scores is not bad form, says ‘Ton-up’ Rohit

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India batsman Rohit Sharma celebrates after scoring a half century during the fifth One Day International cricket match between South Africa and India at St. George Park in Port Elizabeth on February 13, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / MARCO LONGARI

Port Elizabeth : India vice-captain Rohit Sharma is glad that his return to form coincided with his team’s maiden ODI series triumph on South African soil but insisted that he wasn’t unsettled by the preceding low scores either.

Sharma struck a match-winning 115 in the fifth one-dayer here on Tuesday, a pivotal knock in India’s 73-run triumph, which gave the side an unassailable 4-1 lead in the six-match series.

The inconsequential sixth ODI is scheduled to be held on February 16 in Centurion.  The hundred came at a crucial juncture for Sharma, who had drawn flak for his indifferent run so far. In fact, the right-hander improved a rather pitiful record in South Africa with his 17th ODI ton. He had scored only 40 runs in the first four games.


“I got out in three matches only, how can you say form is bad after three matches? You guys put people in good form after one match, and if somebody doesn’t have three good matches, you say he is in bad form,”

Sharma quipped. “In 2013 it was different. I had just turned into an opener from a middle-order batsman.

The way I am batting now, it has evolved a lot. Whatever happened before 2013 and in 2013, forget about that,” he added, referring to his poor past record in South Africa.

Sharma said it was just not fair to declare anybody a failure or success on the basis of two or three performances. “I admit the first three-matches weren’t great but that happens with everybody.

But I was in a good frame of mind, I was batting well in the nets and there was no pattern to my dismissals. That happens in every cricketer’s career,” he added.