Nothing as pleasing as finishing it for your team: Rohit Sharma

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Rohit Sharma averages over 150 in the three international games he has played at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata. His last three innings at the venue in Indian Premier League are 98 not out, 50 and 84 not out. On Wednesday (April 13), Rohit guided Mumbai Indians past Kolkata Knight Riders to register the first win of the tournament. Rohit dug deep and ensured that Mumbai never fell behind in the chase of 188.

A visibly-pleased Rohit expressed his delight at being able to see off the chase from start to end. “It’s important that someone from Top 3 bats as deep as possible and today it was me. Once I got to a decent start I wanted to make sure I’m there for as long as possible. Nothing is as pleasing as finishing it for your team. What I did pretty well today was I planned my innings. The shot selection was pretty good. I’ve played a lot of cricket here, I understand the wicket a lot better,” Rohit told iplt20.com on Wednesday.

Irrespective of the colours he pulls on, Eden has been Rohit’s fortress. The Mumbai Indians opener talked up the virtue of just timing well on the fast outfield, but also conceded that he might not be able to score big every time he plays at the venue.

“The outfield here is very fast and all you have to do is time the ball really well. You don’t need to over hit at all because sometimes you can lose shape and there are chances of getting out. I select my shots, I select the bowlers I want to target and it works for me.”

“I understand how to score runs here, I know which are the scoring shots but it’s not like every time I go out there, I will score runs. I understand how to score runs here, I know which are the scoring shots but it’s not like every time I go out there, I will score runs. It’s happening and as long as it keeps happening, it’s good,” he said.

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