For the first 11 years of one-day cricket, India’s highest team total was 265. On Thursday, Rohit Sharma scored 264 all by himself, alone going at 5.28 runs per over for the duration of India’s innings. Speaking to the media after his era-defining hundred, Rohit did his best to explain just what the innings meant to him and his team. Excerpts.
On the record
I still have a lot more to do. When I was young and wanted to play international cricket, I never thought this would happen. All the records happen along the way. I probably need to work harder and from here on the expectation would be more. I feel I have a lot of responsibilities on my shoulders.
On failures in 2014
You have to accept the failure and success and you keep moving on. That’s what I’ve done. A couple of overseas failures will not stop my cricket. My cricket and my hard work will still remain on the track. I will keep working hard as ever.
On returning from injury
Playing after two months from an injury layoff, I was feeling little out of place, I should accept that. The strike-breaking was not happening as naturally as it used to be. I wanted to get stuck in the middle that required a lot of dedication and determination. I had to build the innings. Initial 10-15 overs was not easy. I kept telling myself, no matter what, I need to stay there. Luckily the quickfire innings by Rahane really helped me settle down.
On two doubles
I needed to stay there because I knew I can make up any time. I just wanted to make it count. I wanted to make this game special one for me and the team. Getting two double hundreds was really special.
On his physio
I am sure he will be a really happy man today. It was a very difficult two months. I would like to thank the BCCI physio Mr Vaibhav Daga. For both of us it was a big challenge, he really worked hard with me.
On breaking 219
The last time I scored 209 someone said you missed it by 10 runs. I was not looking at that while batting. I was little surprised and shocked seeing the teammates giving me the ovation then I realised I must have surpassed it. Most importantly, I am happy to bat 50 overs. To bat till last over is really pleasing for me.
On As tour/World Cup
The Australians are playing some really good cricket. So we will be up for a big challenge in Australia. The guys are in good nick and performing really well. It will be a big advantage to get used to the conditions, the wickets (before the World Cup). Playing a Test series, followed by a Triseries will really help us. We all are up for the challenge.
On batting in middle-order
I am not a captain or coach so I can’t decide this. I will bat wherever they decide. I don’t know what will be in the World Cup. The team combination is more important than personal interest. Whatever the team combination we want going into the WC, I’ve to keep that in mind.”
On Eden Gardens
If you will help me getting a flat I would definitely (buy one here)… People love their cricket here. This place is really special to me. I have really fond memories, I love playing here.