Rohit Sharma is a typical composed attacking batsman who can bat long and can bat aggressively.
The Mumbai lad started his career as a middle order batsman but he did not enjoy much success in the middle order. His career changed when he started to open the innings. Here we take a look at some of his best knocks in international cricket which helped him cement his status as one of the most classy batsmen of modern era.
5. Sri Lanka tour of India 2014 – 4th ODI:
Rohit’s knock included 33 fours and nine sixes. Rohit joined the league of legends like Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag by slamming a double century in 2013. But he did not stop with that – he went on to hit another one in 2014, this time, a bigger one, 264 off 173 balls against Sri Lanka at Eden Gardens. Both the double centuries were for a winning cause. The feat against Sri Lanka helped India put up a massive total of 404 on the board, which is the 15th highest in the history of the game.
He was dropped by Thisara Perera at third man when he was on four and got two extra lives after crossing the 200 mark too. Rohit’s stellar innings included a record 33 fours and 9 sixes. Sri Lanka however, succumbed to an embarrassing 251 runs defeat and became victims of the internet trolls, who dubbed this feat as “Rohit Sharma won by 13 runs.”
4. West Indies’ tour of India 2013-2014 1st Test:
The Mumbai right-hander played a classic innings on his Test debut at his favourite ground – Eden Gardens. West Indies had put up a score of 234 on the board during the first innings of the first Test and India’s top-order saw a slump, with the scoreboard reading 83/5.
Rohit entered at number six and played effortlessly, also putting an end to the rough form he had been going through. He became the 14th Indian to score a Test century on his debut. On the other end was Ravichandran Ashwin, who made a century himself. Both of them together weaved a wonderful partnership and helped India put up 453 runs on the board. West Indies’ innings succumbed to 168 in their second innings, thanks to Mohammed Shami’s 5/47, and faced an innings defeat. Shami’s heroics with the ball might have taken the limelight away from Rohit, but his knock was crucial in the victory.
3. India’s tour of West Indies, 2011 – 3rd ODI:
In the third ODI at Antigua in 2011, West Indies had given India a target of 226 runs to chase on a bouncy pitch. India’s top-order crumbled and the Men in Blue were struggling with 92 runs on the board and six wickets down when Rohit Sharma and Harbhajan Singh batted the team to glory.
Together, they added 88 runs, with Rohit remaining unbeaten on 86 and taking India to a three-wicket victory over the home team. His knock outplayed the Caribbean all-rounder Andre Russell’s 92 off 64, and also gave India a 3-0 lead in the series.
Both Rohit and Harbhajan were lauded for playing sensible innings, with Rohit strategically going for one or two runs keeping the required rate in mind instead of going for the big shots. Rohit hit a boundary to take the team through the line.
2. India Vs Australia, 2013
Rohit Sharma’s first double century (209) came against Australia in Bangalore on November 3, 2013 adding glitter to the ongoing Diwali at that time. In the series decider Rohit slammed his way to a sensational 158-ball 209 as India posted a mammoth 383/6 in their 50 overs. He became the third player in ODIs to hit a double hundred after Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag.
1. ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 – India vs Bangladesh, Quarter-final:
Rohit won the ‘Man of the Match’ award for his brilliant knock. Though excluded from the 2011 World Cup winning squad, Rohit made it to the 2015 World Cup team, four years later as by then he had sealed the opener’s spot. Opening the batting along with Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit’s elegant knock during the quarter-finals against Bangladesh is definitely one of his best innings till date.
The 29-year-old had a lucky escape when the umpire called a no-ball after he was caught in the deep on 90, during Rubel Hossain’s over. From 60 off 80, he went on to smash 137 off 126 balls and gave India the ticket to the semi-finals.