Rajkot witnessed late Diwali firecrackers on Thursday as their stand-in captain Rohit Sharma hammered visiting Bangladeshi bowlers all over the ground in the second T20I of the series.
Chasing a target of 154, Rohit played a blistering knock of 85 runs in 43 balls to help Men in Blue win the game with over four overs remaining. After the knock, former India opener Virender Sehwag, with whom the 32-year old Rohit Sharma is often compared in terms of the batting style and approach, noted that Rohit had scaled a consistency mark when it comes to scoring at a pace that even Virat Kohli cannot match. Although, Virat Kohli in the past as well has been shadowed by Rohit Sharma on popular betting sites 10Cric India owing to his high scoring rates.
Rohit Sharma, who is having a blue patch of his career in 2019, had made history earlier this year by becoming the first-ever batsman to score five centuries in the single edition of the ICC World Cup.
He later carried the same form to test cricket, where he was made to open the innings. Sharma got into the groove and scored an abundant of runs in the new position. He scored 529 runs in four innings in the recent test series against South Africa.
Sharma, however, was on his way to his fifth international T20 century when he miscued one shot to a fielder at deep mid-wicket after scoring 85 runs at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium on Thursday.
Sehwag, who was in awe of Sharma after his Thursday's knock, said scoring 80-90 runs with a strike rate of around 200 times and again and hammering bowlers out of the park 3-4 times in an over was something he has not seen Virat Kohli doing as regularly as Rohit Sharma.
Thursday’s match was also Rohit Sharma’s 100 T20I becoming only the second man to make more than 100 appearances in the shortest format of the game.
In his 85 runs knock Rohit hammered six towering sixes and six blazing fours, including three consecutive sixes against off-spinner Mosaddek Hossain.
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Speaking after the match on BCCI.tv hosted by leg-spinner YuzvendraChahal, Rohit Sharma added that after hitting three sixes off three balls, he was eyeing the feat of scoring six sixes in an over. "But when I missed the fourth one, I decided I will take singles," Rohit added.
During the crunch matches, Rohit is rated highly on betting sites, including 10Cric India, and most often receives maximum bets for the match.
The swashbuckling right-handed opener also added that the batsmen do not necessarily require huge muscles and body to hit towering sixes.
But, it was all about timing the ball well and middling the ball on the bat.
“When we used to play with Sachin Tendulkar, he used to think we all can do what he can do on the field. We could never convince him that there can only be one god, and not everybody can do what God can do. Rohit is that kind of a player. It is nearly impossible for anyone to do what Rohit can do. I don’t even see Virat doing a thing like these," Sehwag told Cricbuzz.
More than a decade after grabbing eyes of the cricketing world during the 2007 T20 World Cup, which the men in blue led by Mahendra Singh Dhoni won, Rohit Sharma now holds a set of records in the shortest format of the game.
He has smashed most number of sixes in the format (115), eclipsing the likes of Chris Gayle, Shahid Afridi.
Further, he also scored 225 boundaries, second highest after Virat Kohli's 235.
Also, he is the only batsman with four T20I centuries while also being the second in the list of most half-centuries (18), the list is led by his captain Virat Kohli with 22 half-centuries.
Rohit Sharma is also the leading run-scorer in the shortest format of the game, with 2537 runs in 92 innings.
Lastly, with his ever-improving form and dominance Rohit is now expected to garner more bets during coming matches on betting sites.