Rohit Sharma’s love affair with Australia continued after the India opener made a nicely-paced 119 to assist India chase down the 287-run goal and win the 3rd ODI in opposition to Australia at Bengaluru on Sunday. The win meant, India clinched the sequence 2-1 after being 0-1 down. Impressed with Rohit Sharma’s brilliance with the bat on a Bengaluru observe which provided extra flip than traditional, former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar mentioned batting comes naturally to him.
Rohit Sharma made 119 and placed on a key 137-run second-wicket stand with skipper Virat Kohli, who made 89, as India reached residence in 47.three overs.
“When Rohit is on song then he doesn’t care whether the ball is good or bad because he has so much of time, he has so much of elegance when he plays the shots. It (batting) comes very easy and naturally to him,” mentioned Shoaib Akhtar on his Youtube channel.
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Akhtar additional acknowledged that Rohit’s capacity to higher minimize quick deliveries reminded him of that well-known Sachin Tendulkar higher minimize of 2003 ODI World Cup India vs Pakistan match in Centurion. Sachin had deposited Akhtar’s brief supply for a six over third man. “You saw his ruthlessness today. Usne maar maar k bharta nikal dia. He hit Mitchell Starc, he went after Cummins. The cut shot that he hit reminded me of Tendulkar’s six,” added Akhtar.
This shouldn’t be the primary time a comparability between Sachin and Rohit’s higher minimize has been drawn. ICC had finished the identical when Rohit minimize Pakistan quick bowler Hasan Ali for a six over third man in ODI World Cup 2019.
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Rohit performed an higher minimize off Mitchell Starc’s bowling within the final ball of the 4th over of India’s chase that hit the ropes on the complete. The brief and extensive supply was there to hit however Rohit had no intentions of preserving it down.
Rohit hit eight fours and 6 sixes in his innings and accomplished his eighth century in opposition to Australia. He now has the joint 2nd most centuries with Virat Kohli in opposition to Australia. The document belongs to Sachin Tendulkar, who has 9.
During the course of the innings Rohit additionally grew to become the 3rd quickest to achieve 9000 ODI runs. He lastly fell to Adam Zampa’s leg spin because the senior batsman tried a giant hit however the ball high-edged off his bat to be caught by Mitchell Starc at lengthy-on.
But that didn’t cease India from reaching the goal with ease primarily resulting from Virat Kohli’s brilliance and a cameo ultimately from Shreyas Iyer.
“On days like this, if it comes off, it looks good,” Rohit mentioned after the match.
“It was an important game, the decider, and we wanted to come out and enjoy ourselves. To keep that Australian batting under 290 was a great effort. Once KL got out, it needed nobody better than the captain himself,”Rohit added.