Port Elizabeth: India opener Rohit Sharma returned back to form with a match-winning knock of 115 in the fifth ODI against South Africa on Tuesday, which helped the visitors clinch a historic series win with one game to play.
Following his knock, he slammed his critics in the post-match press conference.
"I got out in three matches only, how can you say form is bad after three matches? You guys put people in good form after one match, and if somebody doesn't have three good matches, you say he is in bad form," said the 30-year-old Rohit.
Rohit Sharma had a successful time during 2013, scoring a century and a double ton against Australia during a home series. However, he said that his batting has evolved a lot.
"In 2013 it was different. I had just turned into an opener from a middle-order batsman. The way I am batting now, it has evolved a lot. Whatever happened before 2013 and in 2013, forget about that," he continued.
"I admit the first three matches weren't great but that happens with everybody. But I was in a good frame of mind, I was batting well in the nets and there was no pattern to my dismissals. That happens in every cricketer's career," he added.
He also said that the century which he scored in Port Elizabeth will have no relevance even if he scores another ton in Centurion on Friday.
"My hundred has gone now and in the next game I play, the hundred I scored isn't going to matter much,” the right-handed batsman added.
Virat Kohli and his men will look to sign off the ODI series on a high when the two teams travel to Centurion for the final one-dayer on Friday....