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Rohit Sharma's Valentine's Day gift to wife Ritika: A series-winning hundred

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It seems Rohit Sharma has a penchant for scoring big on special occasions.

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Rohit made a statement by coming back to form with a brilliant knock in the fifth one day international against South Africa in Port Elizabeth on Tuesday.

Rohit, who had a miserable run so far in the Test and the ongoing ODI series, bounced back in style on the eve of Valentine's Day with an impressive century.

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Rohit had scores of 11, 10, 10 and 47 in the four Test innings before he was dropped for the third Test. In the first four ODIs, the India opener scored 20, 15, 0, 5 before smashing a century at St George's Park on Tuesday.

India rode on Rohit's 17th hundred to post a competitive 274/7 after South Africa had asked the visitors to bat first.

Rohit scored 115 off 126 balls in his first hundred in South Africa, a knock that was laced with 11 fours and 4 sixes.

In reply, South Africa were all out for 201, thanks to a six-wicket haul by India's wrist-spinners -- Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal. India won the match by 73 runs and created history in South Africa.

It was India's first ever ODI series victory on South African soil and with that India also returned to the top of the ICC ODI rankings.

Rohit was awarded the man of the match and he gifted his award to his wife Ritika Sajdeh. "Happy Valentines Day Rits @ritssajdeh," Rohit posted on Instagram after India's series victory.

Happy Valentine’s Day Rits ❤️ @ritssajdeh

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Similarly in December last year, Rohit celebrated his third double century in one day internationals and his wedding anniversary in style as his wife Ritika cheered on from the stands in Mohali. Rohit hammered an unbeaten 208 off 153 balls.

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