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Rohit Sharma on cusp of breaking Sanath Jayasuriya’s 22-year old record

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 20 December 2019, 17:54 IST
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After a comprehensive victory in the second ODI of their three match series against the West Indies in Vishakhapatnam. The focus has now shifted to Cuttack where the deciding match will be played between the two heavyweights. It has been a high scoring series so far and with a win in Vizag, the men in blue will be brimming with confidence to set the seal on the series.

Indian opener Rohit Sharma has been the man in form in 2019 and in his final match of the year, he is on the threshold of creating yet another massive record. The 32-year-old stands in need of just nine runs to surpass former Sri Lanka skipper Sanath Jayasuriya and become the highest run getter as an opener across all three formats.

So far Rohit has cumulated 2,379 runs as an opener in 2019 and is chasing Sanath Jayasuriya’s totall of 2,387 runs which he amassed in 1997.

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Rohit was announced man of the match for is sublime 159 runs in Vizag.

“It was a much-needed win, after losing in Chennai. Wanted to get our act together. Started very well, was a crucial partnership upfront, KL batted well, allowed me to take my time. A great batting performance backed up by a good bowling performance. KL is such a talent when you watch him from the opposite end. Running between the wickets wasn’t upto the mark between both of us, but we’ll get used to it soon. We can take a lot of confidence from how we created that partnership,” he said after the match.

He was supported by KL Rahul who too notched his own century.

“Very happy. Been playing well for the lst couple of months. Went back and played first class cricket got runs behind him and so very happy I could continue in that same form,” Rahul says. “I got the opportunity to bat up the order in a place where I’m comfortable. It’s where I feel I can play my best. Just wanted to make it count. I’m very clear about what I have to do, what role I play and I just want to do my best. [Celebration putting hands in your ear?] I’ll let it stay a mystery.

"Initially we gave ourselves time, three four overs, then we figured out what a good total was and we paced it that way. It’s not always that both of us get going from ball one. Today was my day, fortunately it came off today. All these conversations are mostly tactical, who’s feeling good, who’s comfortable against which bowler. That sort of stuff.”

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First published: 20 December 2019, 17:39 IST