Responding to a question about the three-year gap between his 29th and 30th century ODI – his last ton in that format came in January 2020 against Australia, a visibly irritated Rohit said: “Regarding the top hundred in three years, I’ve only played 12 ODIs in three years, so three years sounds like a lot.
When the reporter told him it wasn’t a critical comment on him, Rohit shot back, “You should know what’s going on. I know it aired on the show, sometimes you (the broadcasters) have to show the good stuff too. Last year we didn’t play ODI cricket, we focused a lot on T20 cricket. So sometimes people should keep things in mind…broadcasters should show the right things.
When another reporter asked him again about there being rumors that the “Hit Man” had made a catchy “return” with a century, Rohit again fired, “What kind of return? I didn’t understand. Oh, someone must have told you! See, for the past three years, for eight months (in 2020), everyone was home. Where were the matches? Last year we only played T20 cricket. In T20 cricket these days, nobody hits better than Suryakumar Yadav. He scored 2 hundreds (in T20Is), and I don’t think anyone else scored a century. As for the tests, I only played 2 matches, against Sri Lanka (last year), while I was injured in between. So you see all this before you make your news.”
Asked if injured pacemaker Jasprit Bumrah could return to the Indian squad for the final two Tests against Australia, Rohit said the team did not want to rush him into a comeback and wanted to give him enough time to recover from his back injury. “I hope, I don’t expect him to play the next 2 Tests (against the Aussies). But again, we don’t want to take any chances with him. You know back injuries are always, always critical. We also have a lot of cricket after that. So, we’ll see. We’ve been in constant contact with NCA physios and doctors. We hear from them all the time,” said the Indian skipper.