In response to a question about the three-year gap between his 29th and 30th ODI centuries – his last ton in this format came in January 2020 against Australia, Rohit revealed a sarcastic expression: “In terms of the first percent in three years, I’ve played only 12 ODIs in three years, so three years sounds like a lot..”
When the journalist told him it wasn’t a critical comment about him, Rohit replied: “You guys should know what’s going on. I know it’s been shown on the TV station, sometimes, you (the broadcasters) need to show the right things too. The whole year we didn’t play ODI cricket, we focused a lot on T20 cricket. So sometimes, people should keep things in mind…the broadcasters should show the right things.”
When another reporter asked him again about rumors that ‘Hit Man’ had a big ‘revival’ after a century, Rohit fired again: “What kind of comeback? I didn’t receive it. Oh, someone must have told you! See, for the past three years, for eight months (2020), everyone has been at home. Where are the matches? Last year we only played T20 cricket. In today’s T20 cricket, no one hits the ball better Suryakumar Yadav. He’s scored 2 hundred (in the T20Is) and I don’t think anyone else has scored a century. Regarding the Tests, I only played 2 games, against Sri Lanka (last year), midway through I was injured. So you see all this before making your news.”
When asked about whether the metronome was injured Jasprit Bumrah could return with the Indian team for the last two Tests against Australia, Rohit said the team did not want to rush to bring him back and wanted to give him enough time to recover from a back injury. “I was hoping, not expecting that he would play the next 2 Tests (with the Australian). But again, we don’t want to risk him. You know that back injuries are always serious. We also have a lot of cricket games coming up after that. So we will see. We were in regular contact with the physicists and doctors at the NCA. We are constantly receiving information from them,” said the India captain.