Rohit Sharma smashed 140 off 113 balls to lead India to 336 for five after being put into bat in the rain-affected World Cup 2019 clash against Pakistan in Manchester on Sunday.
Indian bowlers, led by spinner Kuldeep Yadav, then combined to restrict Pakistan to 212 for six while chasing a revised target of 302 in 40 overs. India won by 89 runs via DLS method and have now built a 7-0 lead over their arch-rivals in World Cup matches.
But Rohit, who was blessed with a baby girl during India’s tour of Australia in December last year, said his young family has played a key role in helping him focus on his performances on the pitch. “It’s a very good phase of my life. Having a daughter, a newly born daughter in my life actually has put me in a good space,” Rohit told reporters after his ‘Man of the match’ performance.
The dashing opener, who led his IPL side Mumbai Indians (MI) to their fourth IPL title in May, has already scored 319 runs in three innings as India are unbeaten in four World Cup 2019 games, including a washout.
It was Father’s Day when India beat Pakistan at Old Trafford to keep their unbeaten record against Pakistan intact.
On Twitter, MI too used Rohit’s post-match quote while lauding the in-form Hitman.
👨👧 @ImRo45 credits daughter Samaira for putting him into good space!
— Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) June 18, 2019
Rohit responded to MI’s tweet in his own style. “This is gonna get me into trouble. You missed someone there who played a part too,” read his comment on MI’s post.
This is gonna get me into trouble. You missed someone there who played a part too🙄 https://t.co/mymCTfynke
— Rohit Sharma (@ImRo45) June 18, 2019
Team India’s vice-captain feels he may get into trouble for not mentioning his wife Ritika Sajdeh’s name.