Rohit Sharma’s 100* not only helped India seal the series 2-1 but also ensured the Mumbaikar joined Virat Kohli and Bhuvneshwar Kumar in an elite list. Rohit Sharma now becomes the third player to win Man of the Series award in all three formats (Tests, ODIs, T20Is). This is a unique feat considering the cricketer has to be ready to adapt and more importantly stay fit. Also Read - Selection is Where India Have Gone Wrong in ICC Tournaments: Nasser Hussain
Not only that, Rohit also became only the fifth batsman to breach the 2000-run-mark in T20Is, Virat is the only other Indian to do it. Also Read - Which Three Cricketers From India's 2019 WC Squad Would He Pick in his Team of 2003? Sourav Ganguly Responds
Rohit Sharma scored 137 runs and at and an average of 68.50 to bag the Man of the Series. His outing in the T20Is will give him a lot of confidence ahead of the ODI series. Even Pakistani former cricketers could not hold back as they too heaped praise on Rohit Sharma.
“Assessing the conditions was important,” the 31-year-old said after the seven-wicket win. “We knew the wicket would be nice to play on. I was trying to hold the shape when playing the big shots. I like to be calm, not to panic too much, because once you are there you can make up the scoring. With the wicket being so good I just knew I had to stay there.”
“I think the comeback from the bowlers was outstanding, we thought they would get 225-230. The character they showed is something we are really proud of. As captain, I’m very happy to see that,” said Rohit.
“He [Pandya] is a really good all-round cricketer, very confident, and the way he picked up those wickets is what you want to see in younger guys. Then he delivers with the bat. Rohit was obviously very special but Hardik was standout,” reckoned Rohit.