Perth: While the entire world is full of praise for his blistering 171-run knock against Australia in first ODI, Indian opener Rohit Sharma is disappointed as the team couldn't start their campaign Down Under on a winning note.
Speaking to BCCI.TV, Rohit said, "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."
The statement makes sense for the Mumbaikar since his last three international hundreds have been in losing causes.
Rohit, who once again carried his bat throughout the innings, acknowledged the fact that he has been hitting big scores after reaching the three-figure mark.
"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," he said.
Rohit's brilliant ton was overshadowed by two other centuries scored by Steve Smith (149) and George Bailey (112). The Australian duo's 242-run third-wicket stand swung the match in hosts' favour, after a 207-run stand between Rohit and Virat Kohli (91) took India to an impressive total of 309 runs in the first innings.
The MS Dhoni-led side ended up losing the opening encounter of the five-match series by 5 wickets.