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Rohit Sharma happy to avoid ‘mishap’ with Virat Kohli

first_imgVirat Kohli and Rohit Sharma on Sunday shattered the record books in ODI cricket as the two in-form batsmen smashed hundreds to guide India to their seventh consecutive series victory. While Rohit scored 147 off 138 balls, Kohli struck 113 off 106 balls to help India post a challenging 337/6 in 50 overs in the third and final ODI against New Zealand in Kanpur.The duo forged a 230-run stand from 211 balls for the second wicket at the Green Park to create a new record for most double century partnerships in ODI cricket.WATCH FULL VIDEOKohli was adjudged man of the series while Rohit won the man of the match award after India recorded a narrow six-run victory to clinch the three-match series 2-1.Kohli and Rohit have a history of running out each other but on Sunday they communicated well and rotated the strike at will.After the match, the skipper caught up with the ‘Hitman’ on BCCI.TV to discuss the importance of their double hundred partnership and how India bowlers snatched victory from the jaws of defeat.Virat Kohli: I have the man of the match with me, the guy I like batting with. We had a huge partnership today. Well done on your hundred, Rohit. This was our fourth double hundred partnership, hope to have many more in future.Rohit Sharma: Absolutely. Many more in future and I look forward to that. It’s tough to maintain the consistency when we play at this level. But as a player we always want to improve as much as possible. Whenever I get an opportunity, I just want to express myself. Since I started opening the batting, it was all about giving the team a good start. We wanted to get a big partnership as it was important for us in the series decider. Good that we didn’t get run out. That was good. We have had a few mishap before but it was good today. We stuck in the middle quite well and rotated the strike. It’s always fun batting with you.advertisementKohli: Generally when we play together we don’t have to say much because we both understand where the game is going, understand the situation and we both think for the team so it’s always great batting with him. We know if we play well our team will benefit. Also just a word on our bowlers and how we pulled back things, how you felt? I felt really proud.Rohit: When you win games like this, it gives you confidence as a bowling unit. We knew that it was not going to be easy for our bowlers considering the dew factor. I thought the bowlers were courageous with what they did with their planning and they stuck to their plans. We have seen that the last series as well, against Australia, the bowling unit delivered for us, We were put under pressure many times but these guys came back really well and that’s the hallmark of this team. They were quite courageous and were not afraid of executing their plans.Kohli: It was a great day for us. Another special day for us to remember on a personal level and as a team as well. Four double hundred partnership now and I have enjoyed each of them batting with Rohit. It’s always amazing to watch him bat from the other end. Really loved batting with him. Cheers man!India and New Zealand will now face-off in a three-match Twenty20 international series starting November 1 in New Delhi.And that’s a wrap from Kanpur. #TeamIndia seal the 3-match ODI series 2-1 #INDvNZ pic.twitter.com/yA27kd9Cva- BCCI (@BCCI) October 29, 2017last_img read more