'In my eyes, we have won the series 2-1': Rohit Sharma has his say on impending result of India vs England Test series

  • "I don't know what is going to happen or what the outcome is going to be. But in my eyes, we have won the series 2-1. That's how I see it," Rohit said during a press conference.
Rohit Sharma believes India are the winners of the England Test series. (Getty)
Rohit Sharma believes India are the winners of the England Test series. (Getty)
Updated on Oct 04, 2021 04:52 PM IST
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Byhindustantimes.com, New Delhi

Rohit Sharma, one of the biggest highlights of the five-Test series between India and England, feels that although the final result is awaited, he would like to believe that India are the winners of the Pataudi Trophy. With the series tilted 2-1 in favour of India, the fifth and final Test match, scheduled to be played in Manchester, was called off following a Covid-19 scare.

The ECB immediately released a statement which originally mentioned that India would 'forfeit' the final Test. However, minutes later, the board retracted that part of the statement. With the cricket world left in suspense of the eventual result of the series, the ECB wrote to the ICC to determine the final outcome but there has been no development on that front. India batsman Rohit though would like to believe that India are the winners of the Test series.

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"I don't know what's happened with the last Test match. Whether we have won the series or are we going to play a one-off Test (next year) later, but in my eyes we have won the series 2-1. That's how I would like to look at it," Rohit said during a press conference on Monday organised by Adidas, which celebrates the 'Impossible is Nothing' campaign.

While India did remarkably well to attain a 2-1 lead, the series turned out to be exciting for Rohit personally. He missed out on a century at Lord's by 17 runs, getting out for 83 in the first innings, but Rohit would not let a second opportunity go by. At the Oval, with the series levelled 1-1, Rohit registered his maiden overseas Test century, scoring 127 and played a crucial part in India regaining the lead. While the England Test series would definitely go down as one of Rohit's most remarkable tours, he feels it was still not his best.

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"It was a good one based on where I was standing in Test cricket before that. But I wouldn't say this was my best. I know my best is yet to come in Test cricket. That's how I would like to think. But it was a great tour personally for me and for the team as well. For me it was a great challenge and I thought I overcame it pretty well. For that, I did a lot of preparations 15-20 days before the World Test Championship," the Mumbai Indians skipper and India vice-captain added.

"I thought I utilised that time well. I know when you're playing in England, what sort of mindset or small little technical adjustments you need to make and I somehow managed to do that. So I was pretty happy with how I batted on the tour. I would like to take the confidence forward in my future Test series as well."

While the fate of the series is awaited, it was announced a few days after the cancellation of the Manchester Test that India will play a one-off Test match in England next year to make up for the revenue losses incurred by the ECB. The tour of 2022 was originally supposed to a limited-overs one featuring three ODIs and three T20Is.

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