After Rohit Sharma breaks his century drought in the third ODI, Suryakumar Yadav surprises everyone with an enigmatic gesture from the dugout
Rohit Sharma finally reached the century mark, recording his first three-digit total in in over 500 days. The New Zealand captain Tom Latham requested the hosts to bat after Rohit lost the toss, but considering how things turned out, the India skipper had no cause for complaint. With opening partner Shubman Gill, Rohit scored his 30th ODI century in only 83 balls, putting up an incredible 212-run partnership. The sixth Indian opening combo to record a century in the same game is Rohit and Gill.
Rohit's long-awaited century was eventually achieved, after a lengthy wait. While it wasn't as lengthy as Virat Kohli, the India skipper finally got rid of the monkey off his back after going the year 2022 without scoring a single hundred in any format. Although Rohit's form wasn't a cause for concern—he was consistently getting starts and scoring 50s, 70s, and 80s—a century evaded him. Rohit's performance of 101 off 85 balls will enable a cricket country obsessed with statistics and hundreds to heave a tremendous sigh of relief.
The Indore audience surged and rose to its feet to praise the Indian captain's performance as soon as Rohit took the single to clinch his 100th run. Even the Indian dugout got up and applauded in response to Rohit's fantastic knock. While everyone appreciated Suryakumar Yadav's generosity, it raised some questions. Surya clapped while grinning broadly, then he quickly made a six-signaling motion with his hands. It's unclear whether he intended for Rohit to score additional sixes, but either way, it was a special moment.
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It didn't take long until Suryakumar had the opportunity to make a significant score. And after sprinting to 14 off 8 balls, he seemed to be doing so. In order to get another maximum, Suryakumar performed his signature swivel-flick after smashing a six over a deep wicket. However, Surya died after mistiming a shot to long-on just as it seemed like he was ready to score a huge one. Surya's dismissal left India at 293/5 in 38.4 overs, just falling short of their goal of reaching 400, a score that first seemed reachable when Rohit and Gill went head-to-head.
After losing their first two wickets, India lost its way. While Surya, Ishan Kishan, and Virat Kohli all made an effort to contribute, India paid a high price for trying to act like Gill and Rohit. With each wicket that India lost, their effort to reach 400 got more difficult, but New Zealand rallied back with two wickets apiece from Blair Tickner and Jacob Duffy. Ishan Ishan was run out by Kohli and Virat Kohli in a terrible run out, and Ishan was the wicketkeeper for India. Virat was attempting to clear the fielder at mid-off when he collapsed. India finally concluded with 385/9 but might have scored even more if it weren't for their mid-over mini-collapse.