Rohit Sharma made his captaincy tenure memorable. Not only he has led Mumbai Indians to 3 IPL titles but also guided India to a T20I and ODI series win against Sri Lanka. If Rohit lit up Mohali with his third ODI double ton, Indore witnessed carnage, as he equaled David Miller to slam the joint-fastest T20I hundred. Rohit’s second T20I hundred propelled India to 260, the joint second-highest T20I total. The victory was a formality. India followed their 93-run win at Cuttack with an 88-run win in the second T20I at Indore.
Rohit’s 118 came off 43 balls, an innings that consisted 12 fours and 10 sixes. India also equalised the world record of 21 sixes in a T20I innings. How does Rohit manage that? It wasn’t all brute force. It was smart batting.
“It is important that you try and play with the field. I want to score all round the park not just in one area. So, for me it is important that I try and explore the fielding that the opposition keep for me. In all formats, I try and do that, because hitting in just [one area] makes you predictable. It is always important to score runs all over the field, and that is my strength. So I try and stick to it and I try and play with the field,” Rohit told after the match.
India’s limited-overs series began with a disaster at Dharamsala. Reduced to 29 for 7, India managed 112 and started with a huge defeat. Rohit’s unpleasant start as the stand-in skipper built a lot of pressure. Rohit admitted the same and added retrospection was required.
“After the first match in Dharamsala, the pressure was very high. In Dharamsala, our position was such that we were about to score the lowest score (in a one-day international). I started to think about my captaincy and my team; captaincy was turning out to be difficult for me. I was handed the captaincy for the first time and I found myself in such circumstances and the team lost. It’s not like there is no pressure. Pressure is always there,” added Rohit, who was awarded the Man of the Match in the second T20I.
India won the Test series 1-0, ODIs 2-1 and have bagged the T20I series 2-0. The final game of the tour and the third T20I will be played at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai.
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