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Rohit aiming to reverse Aussie curse



Exhausted Rohit Reflects on the Century

An exhausted Rohit Sharma faced the press on Saturday evening and revealed a statistic that is desperate to change after India lost the Gillette ODI Series match in Australia in Sydney.

Rohit spent the better part of the 96 overs of the Sydney Cricket Ground; 50 overs under the scorching sun in the field and then 45.4 overs with bat in hand while he compiled 133, his 22nd international day of a day and the fourth in Australia.

But it was post-game when he dropped an unwanted factoid.

"Unfortunately, all the four hundred I got in Australia we lost all the games," Rohit said.

"This is something I want to change, if I get a hundred I want to make sure to win the game as well."

A review of Rohit's record in Australia confirms this ̵

1; he is absolutely right.

The brilliant Rohit almost steals the show

The first hundred of Rohit in Australia were 138 beaten first to the MCG in January 2015 when the hosts chased 268 to win with an over spare.

A year later, he undefeated 171 at WACA Ground while India accumulated 3-309 just to watch Steve Smith (149) and George Bailey (112)

And three days later in Brisbane, he did 124, but again at a loss because Australia proved too strong in the pursuit.

It is a record that wants to change, but not for lack of attempts – the Rohit show of power strikes has put a winning position only for the opposition to find a way to win.

Saturday's knocking was particularly impressive as the 31-year-old arrived in Australia four days ago after turning home in India after the St. Stephen's Test for the birth of his daughter.

Australians bounce to outclass India

But Sydney's oppressive heat played its part as a weary Rohit ran out of battery late in the chase race.

"It was a bit grueling," Rohit said. "The weather in Sydney is like that.

" It was cloudy yesterday during practice and it was hot today. We expected it to be a bit cloudy but it was quite hot.

"We are used to it and we can not use it as an excuse because we play in India where it is absolutely hot and humid.

" It was not wet here today, I beat for almost 45-46 overs and I did not sweat a lot, so I do not it was damp but it was hot. "

The ecstatic Richardson excited for the team

So damaging it was Rohit that the Australian has quickly Jhye Richardson, who claimed 4-26, said the game plan of the owners of Home has changed to get Rohit just to get him out of the strike.

"He beat very well," said Richardson.

"The merit of him has summed up the conditions as well as we did.

"He fought very patiently and knew the balls he could put away.

" He really took the gaps tonight. There was a period there, they had a partnership in the middle and they could almost take the game away from us.

"But we were lucky to get Dhoni out and we continued to receive the wickets from then on.

" It was very dangerous and we understood it.

"So our plan changed to take him out of the strike and just bowling at the batsman from the other side."

Rohit will have two more chances in this series to reverse the curse, starting in Adelaide on Tuesday before the final series at the MCG on Friday.

Gillette ODI series v India

Australia team ODI: Aaron Finch (c), Jason Behrendorff, Alex Carey (week), Peter Handscomb, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Mitch Marsh, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Jhye Richardson, Peter Siddle, Billy Stanlake, Marcus Stoinis, Ashton Turner, Adam Zampa

India ODI team: Virat Kohli ( c), Rohit Sharma (vc), Shikhar Dhawan, Ambati Rayudu, Dinesh Karthik, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni (week), Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Khaleel Ahmed, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj [19659003] First ODI: Australia won by 34 positions

According to ODI: January 15th Adelaide Oval (D / N)

Third ODI: January 18 MCG (D / N)


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