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Opener Rohit Sharma ended a personal South African hoodoo and set up a series win for India in the 5th ODI at St George’s Park on Tuesday. The stylish right-hander’s 115 was his first major innings in three tours of South Africa — and India’s 73-run win enabled the tourists to take a winning 4-1 lead in the six-match series, their first success in seven bilateral or multi-team series in South Africa. Rohit’s 17th ODI century ended a run of low scores in South Africa. In 19 previous innings across both Tests and One-day Internationals, his previous highest score was 47 and he had scored only 249 runs at an average of 13.11. Given the pressure that had mounted on him to deliver, Rohit’s subdued celebration after reaching the three-figure mark came as a surprise.
During the post-match press conference, Rohit revealed the reason for his quiet century celebration.
“Two guys got run out before me so there was nothing to celebrate about. It depends on what kind of mood you are in. Two of our batsmen got run out, so I wanted to carry on and the celebration was not in my mind at all,” Rohit said during the post-match press conference.
The Mumbai batsman was involved in two run outs, that of captain Virat Kohli and middle-order batsman Ajinkya Rahane