India captain Rohit Sharma will feel a weight lifted from his chest after his 53 of 39 balls against the Netherlands on Thursday at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
Rohit, who had a disappointing first game against Pakistan in the World Cup opener, appeared to have found his touch against the Dutch, helping India to reach 179/2 in 20 overs. Although the man himself said after the match that he wasn’t happy with the way he made his 50, he conceded that they were important runs.
“I’m not too happy in my 50s, but what’s important is getting runs — whether they’re good-looking runs or ugly runs. At the end of the day, it’s all about maintaining confidence,” said the Indian skipper.
It was only his third T20 fifty of 2022, and the innings helped set the platform as Virat Kohli (62) and Suryakumar Yadav (51) brought the team to a good total.
However, Rohit said he felt the win against the Dutch was a near-perfect win for the Indian team.
“I thought it was a clinical win. If you look at how they qualified for the Super 12, they deserve credit. But we always looked at what we could do with ourselves and didn’t bother about the opponent. It was a near perfect win to be honest,” said Rohit.
“Yeah we played a bit slow at the beginning but that was the conversation between me and Virat, we had to wait on that surface to play the big shots,” he added.