The ICC No. 1 ranked Test team, India lived up to expectations by registering three wins in three games in the World Test Championship with 160 points. In the first Test vs South Africa, Team India registered a 203-run win and continued their legacy in the Championship.
In India’s victory, Rohit Sharma was the wrecker-in-chief for the hosts as he smashes two tons in the game, 176 in the first innings and 127 in the second essay. He was promoted as the opener for the first time in the longer format and he perfectly lived up to expectations as the ‘Hitman of limited-overs cricket’.
Speaking about his twin tons in the game, Rohit Sharma revealed that he never cared about what people think about him. He faced a lot of heat in the longer format for his inability to score big in the longer format but now did well in the home game against Proteas.
“I have protected myself with a shield around me (to avoid negativity) for a long time now. All those things… what happens outside doesn’t come inside that shield. What people say and what people think of me doesn’t really bother me. Eventually, I have to play my game and enjoy my game.”
“What happens outside… I never thought about those things. When I was young, I never thought about what people will talk about me. Now that people are talking, I have protected myself with shield and that shield is strong. Nothing comes past that,” Rohit said at the post-match press conference.
‘My first Test is still very special’
For the Hitman, his first Test still remains very special. He smashed a daddy hundred in his maiden Test, which was against West Indies and it was Sachin Tendulkar’s farewell series. The Indian opener also admitted that his dream is always to play cricket and he’s living it and conceded that he’s not playing the game for records.
“It was a dream for me to play cricket, I am living that dream. I have said this many times, I’m not here for records. I just want to enjoy my game, that’s all I can say. I know it might be boring. You can think ‘this guy keeps talking about the same thing again and again’. But that’s what it is. Honestly, I can’t say it’s the most special… your first Test is always special. Yeah, so my first Test is still very special,” Rohit said.