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�Century immaterial if team does not win�

By The Assam Tribune

PERTH, Jan 13: Indian opener Rohit Sharma feels that even the best of knocks do not give a player satisfaction if the team ends up on a losing note.

Four out of Sharma�s last five international hundreds have been part of heartbreaking scripts for India.

Rohit smashed his way to an unbeaten 171 in the first ODI against Australia but the home team comfortably won by five wickets here yesterday.

�It was a great knock and it is always important to start the series on a positive note. But it was disappointing in the end not to be on the winning side because that is what matters at the end of the day. How many runs you score doesn�t matter if your team doesn�t end up winning,� Rohit told today.

�Personally, it was important that I could get the team off to a good start and then carry on the momentum from there. That is exactly what I did.�

Someone, who is now known for scoring big hundreds in the 50-over format, Rohit is happy that he is carrying on the good work after getting a start.

�We always talk about this in our team meeting that one batsman needs to carry on and bat as long and deep as possible. One set batsman batting till the end makes a huge difference. I feel I have been doing that of late. I have been getting past 100 and then trying my best to get bigger scores after the century.

�Hundred is just a milestone, but you have to look at it from the team�s perspective as well. I want to get big hundreds for the team.� On bouncy Australian tracks, the key to success is playing with soft hands and the Mumbaikar said he has exactly been doing that.

�It is something that I have been doing of late, which is to assess the situation initially and then accelerate. With two new white balls from both ends, it does do a little bit, especially here in Perth, there is a bit of extra bounce. As a batsman, it is important to analyse what is happening. You have to be wary of such factors and shot selections become very important. I had a certain game plan in my head and I was trying to execute it. Once I got into my zone, it was important to carry on and make it big from there. I wanted to get the team to a good total,� he added. � PTI

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