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Rohit Sharma announces comeback with a 111-ball 142

Jaspreet Sahni | Updated: October 30, 2014, 1:04 PM IST
Rohit Sharma announces comeback with a 111-ball 142

The day after saying "hard work, not natural talent, has made me," Rohit Sharma proved it on the field.

Rohit put his pads on for India A after a two-month injury layoff to face the visiting Sri Lankan team in one-day practice match, and carnage followed.

Playing on home turf at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai, Rohit showed no signs of discomfort - confirming match fitness and full recovery from his finger and shoulder injuries with a stroke-filled 142.

"I am excited to be back and I will be playing tomorrow," Rohit had told ESPNCricinfo in an interview a day before, and once in the middle, he played like a man who wanted to leave no doubts whatsoever in the selectors' mind that he is ready to play for the country again.

Rohit opened the batting with Unmukt Chand, and after adding 95 for the first wicket with the Delhi batsman, Rohit was involved in a mammoth 214-run stand with the game's other centurion Manish Pandey (135* in 113 balls).

The duo was on the crease for 27.4 overs, during which they made the Lankans appear like a bunch of schoolboys asked to fetch the ball while the batsmen practised long-handle hitting.

"When you play well and get injured for the rest of the series and miss so many games, [it] is quite frustrating," Rohit had said a day earlier, and 24 hours later he was venting out all the piled-up frustration of two months on the Sri Lankans.

During his 111-ball stay in the middle, Rohit sent the visitors on a leather hunt hitting 18 fours and a six.

"There were a few things happening with my batting and wanted to get that feeling back of how I used to bat before the injury. When I play tomorrow, I will be able to analyse it properly," Rohit had said before this knock, but there was little analysis required.

Strokes flowed from the Mumbaikar's bat like he was having a net, and the twin centuries from Rohit and Pandey took India A to a mammoth 381 against the Lankans, who tested as many as nine bowlers but could take only six wickets.

"That thing of missing the World Cup will always be there because I missed the 2011 World Cup and I don't want to miss out on this [2015] World Cup anyhow."

If he continues to bat like this, he surely won't miss it.

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First Published: October 30, 2014, 1:04 PM IST

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