It was only because of Rohit Sharma’s half-century that India could post a competitive total against Sri Lanka in Dubai on Tuesday in their Super 4 Asia Cup 2022 encounter. Leading from the front with the bat, in his swagger, Rohit Sharma rumbled on his way to 72 runs from 41 balls, in the process walloping 5 fours and 4 sixes.
On a tacky surface, where the ball was gripping, it was Rohit who stood tall for India while the rest others couldn’t do a lot as the Men In Blue managed to put up 173 on the board, which would seem only par given the dew factor and chasing advantage in Dubai.
Skipper Rohit Sharma carries India’s batting vs Sri Lanka
Asked to bat first, India knew they had to put an above-par total. But the hopes of doing that took a big dive when they lost KL Rahul lbw to Maheesh Theekshana in the second over and Virat Kohli, bowled by Dilshan Madushanka, in the third over.
This, however, didn’t faze Rohit’s mindset nor deter his intent as he smashed a six and three fours in the next three overs in the company of Suryakumar Yadav. After the powerplay then Rohit toned down a bit to let Suryakumar Yadav play his shots. The Indian skipper then pounced on Asitha Fernando for a first-ball six in the 10th over and then thumped him for a four to bring up his fifty.
Sharma then tore into Hasaranga in the 12th over, walloping the spinner for two sixes and a four, before Chamika Karunaratne dismissed the opener, caught at sweeper cover. Rohit walked back to a standing ovation from the crowd and was received with the same from the Indian players.
While Rohit scored 72 runs off 41 balls, staying true to his newly adopted gung-ho approach, SKY was dismissed for 34 off 29 as he rebuild the innings with his skipper – no other batsman scored more than 20. And it was only R Ashwin’s late hits (15 off 7) that propelled their total over 170.
Fans hailed Rohit Sharma for his captain’s knock today against Sri Lanka and many came up with some memes as well:
रोहित शर्मा भगवान तो नहीं हैं लेकिन भगवान से कम भी नहीं है 🙏 pic.twitter.com/ENoOr3xVrs
— Mr Abhimanyu 🦁 (@iamabhimanyu_07) September 6, 2022
Rohit sharma : 72(41)
Rest of team : 99(79)
— Lakshman (@Rebel_notout) September 6, 2022
I fell in love with this man again and again.
No one can demoralize a bowler better than Rohit. #RohitSharma𓃵 pic.twitter.com/b2AhZtPfpZ
— Tarun Mahanty (@_tarun20) September 6, 2022
Captain leading from the front. Top class Knock by 👏👏👏@ImRo45#RohitSharma𓃵 pic.twitter.com/IZq2ywZGWq
— ꧁ÄĐ𝕀ƬɎÅ꧂ (@Adityam72049066) September 6, 2022
What a great inning @ImRo45 #INDvsSL #AsiaCup2022 pic.twitter.com/vmxkY9pOYL
— Hamd Al Saleh (@HamdAlSaleh1) September 6, 2022
The original King 👑@ImRo45#INDvSL pic.twitter.com/grZ5nDM4Tp
— MAUSAM TIWARI (@MAUSAM2k) September 6, 2022
What a Fifty, what an inning, what a batting, Captain 🐐 @Imro45 leading from the front. pic.twitter.com/9bGMcR4Qz9
— Rohit Sharma Fanclub India (@Imro_fanclub) September 6, 2022
Working out in gym is old school, eat vada pav and score 50 is new trend.#INDvSL
— Krishna (@Atheist_Krishna) September 6, 2022
Captain the Crisis manager.. @ImRo45
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) September 6, 2022
KL Rahul after seeing Rohit Sharma hitting back to back boundaries: pic.twitter.com/WczKkLWbu0
— Harshhh! (@Harsh_humour) September 4, 2022