New Delhi: Young Delhi batsman Mohit Sharma hit a stroke-filled 175 against Tamil Nadu in the Ranji Trophy round-four tie on Sunday taking his team to a commanding 555 for 4 declared on day two but was a little disappointed at missing out on a double hundred.
Sharma hit 28 fours and a six in his 285-ball knock, carrying from his overnight 40* in Delhi's first innings after being inserted in to bat by the visitors. "I thought I will make 200," he said at the end of the day's play at the Feroz Shah Kotla on Sunday. "I had decided not to play many shots at the start of the day. After tea I planned to play fast at a rate of five or so [runs per over], so that we can put the opposition in to bat for about an hour," Sharma said.
When asked about his innovative hitting before Delhi declared, including a paddle sweep off pacer Yo Mahesh, he said it wasn't planned. "Never planned to play that paddle, but I knew he will bowl up and I was ready. I took a chance and it paid off," Sharma explained.
Delhi coach Vijay Dahiya threw some light on his team strategy, especially the time of the declaration. "We thought if they can get 550, they can also get 600. So we wanted to take that chance, and we got the early wicket we were looking for."
After declaring at 555, Delhi pacer Parvinder Awana removed India international Abhinav Mukund early before umpires called stumps at 31 for 1.