Rohit Sharma Says, Hopefully Rayudu Has Solved All The Mysteries Of Number 4

| October 30 , 2018 , 18:02 IST

Destructive opener and Indian cricket team vice-captain Rohit Sharma on Monday revealed that the Ambati Rayudu's impressive innings of 100-runs off 81 balls will remove any doubts that he is the ideal number 4 batsman in the line-up to 2019 World Cup in England.

Both Rohit and Rayudu smashed hundreds to set the foundation of a big total for India and also laid 211-run partnership for the 3rd wicket in the fourth and penultimate ODI at the Brabourne Stadium.

Speaking to media in post-match presentation Rohit Sharma said, "I think (it's a) very important (knock). Hopefully he has solved all the mysteries of number 4. I guess till the World Cup, there won't be any talk of number 4."

Sharma led the way with his whirlwind innings of 162 and Rayudu played the ideal foil with a knock of 100, the two adding 211 runs to power India to an imposing 377 for five. West Indies were bowled out for 153 with rookie left-arm seamer Khaleel Ahmed grabbing three wickets. "He (Rayudu) batted brilliantly because at that point a big partnership was needed and it was a perfect platform for him also to showcase what he's got. There was pressure, of course, losing top two batsmen and building a partnership was important. So it was a pressure inning and I thought he responded well to that situation," said the Indian opener.

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Sharma's 21st ODI century came off 137 balls with the help of 20 fours and four hits over the fence, while Rayudu decorated his 100-run knock with eight boundaries and four sixes. "He batted freely, once he got to 50 he started playing shots. We have known Rayudu for a long time and he can produce innings like this. That's probably the reason we got him at number four and he has not disappointed. "Whatever opportunities he has got since Asia Cup and in this series, he has grabbed it with both hands," added Sharma.

About his own knock, Sharma said he never thought of completing a double hundred like he had thrice earlier in his ODI career although Rayudu at the other end reminded him that he was capable. "I never thought of a double hundred. I just wanted to make sure to get as many runs as possible and get the team into a good position. Rayudu told me that you have got a good chance for a double. The CCI can be tricky in terms of chasing and our bowlers did well in getting them out," he remarked.