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Rohit Sharma has said his unbeaten 141 off 123
balls was "a much-needed knock" because it was
only his third ODI century and his first since 2010,
a drought perhaps caused by his tendency, by his
own admission, to play "some stupid shots."
Rohit s innings spearheaded India s chase of 359
in only 43.3 overs, the highest total in ODIs for the
loss of only one wicket. Virat Kohli s 52-ball 100
smashed the record for the fastest century by an
Indian, and an explosive Shikhar Dhawan missed out
on a century by five runs.
India captain MS Dhoni said he had trusted his
batsmen to achieve the huge target, and all he had
asked was for them not to slog blindly.
"Most of us guys have played a bit of international
cricket, but they don t have the experience of a Yuvraj
Singh, who has played 250 or 260-odd ODIs," Dhoni
said. "So at times when you chase 360, what you
want to do is go out there and be aggressive and go
for the big shots, but it s very important to not lose
shape. When you are going over mid-off, it should
look like you are going over mid-off, and not like
slogging over midwicket. [While playing] most of
the shots [today], if not all, they maintained good
shape. It was an ideal wicket too with the dew. Very
fast outfield too."
The victory helped India level the seven-match
series against Australia 1-1, and Rohit was one of the
key players in achieving the second highest successful
chase in ODIs. "It was very important for me to play
a big innings," he said. "I knew it was a long time.
I would like to say again that the hard work never
stopped. I have kept preparing the same way as today.
It was a much-needed knock, and I am happy it
came in a winning cause. I wanted to bat through
the innings. I completely agree that I have played
some stupid shots [in the past] to get out. That s my
natural game. I would like to play my shots."
Rohit put on 176 for the first wicket with Shikhar
Dhawan but it was his partnership with Kohli that
blew Australia away. When Kohli came in to bat, India
still needed 183 in 23.5 overs, but he just ran away
with the game and allowed Rohit to pace his innings.
"I kept telling Rohit that it was his day today, but I
kept hitting the ball very well," Kohli said. "I didn t
bat in the nets yesterday, just had a few throw downs."
In the first game, India had to tackle bouncers both
on and off the field, with old questions being asked
about their ability to play short-pitched bowling.
There appears to be headway into the
discussions between Cricket South Africa
and the BCCI, taking place over India s
tour to South Africa, even before the heads
of the two boards meet in London as part
of the ICC s executive board. The final
decision with regard to the tour is expected
to be made "before the weekend."
During a "fruitful" discussion between
both the parties in Mumbai on October 12,
the BCCI had offered to play two Tests and
three ODIs in the month of December on
the condition that CSA chief executive Haroon
Lorgat is not involved in India affairs in future.
ESPNcricinfo understands that CSA has
offered to "send Lorgat on long leave" in
order to ensure that the tour go ahead.
It is also understood that CSA has also
informed the BCCI bosses that they would
be working out a plan before the end of the
tour to ensure Lorgat is not involved in
future dealings with the BCCI.
Should CSA s proposal to keep Lorgat out
of any engagement with the BCCI come
through, the itinerary for the tour of South
Africa is being mulled by the BCCI. There
is a possibility that the BCCI might even
accede to CSA s wish to play three Tests,
instead of two, should discussions end in
agreement. If the BCCI agrees to keep its
team in South Africa for the New Year s
Test, that would help CSA reduce its pro-
jected loss in revenue.The Indian board is
known to have had tetchy relations with
Lorgat during his stint as ICC CEO.
The series between India and South Africa
has been hanging in balance since July 9,
when the BCCI raised objections to the tour
itinerary a day after it was announced by CSA.
Previously, it had raised "concerns" over Lorgat
being in the running for the CSA top job.
While a meeting between Sanjay Patel
and Lorgat in Dubai last month failed to
resolve the boards issues, the deadlock was
broken when CSA president Chris Nenzani
was invited to India for a meeting after N
Srinivasan was reinstated as the BCCI chief
in early October. (CRICINFO)
Decision on India's SA tour likely 'before weekend'
off 123 balls.
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