Rohit Sharma was back to his belligerent best in the 5th T20I against England as he smashed 64 runs off just 34 balls. The 33-year-old looked in stunning form as he clobbered the England bowlers all around the park.
Rohit Sharma generally likes to take his time at the beginning of his innings and then paces it brilliantly towards the end. However, this time he came out all guns blazing and caught the visitors napping.
Fans react to Rohit Sharma's masterclass
Although he couldn't convert his start into a hundred, fans on Twitter went gaga over Rohit Sharma's sensational knock. This also ensured that he added an incredible 94 runs with skipper Virat Kohli for the first wicket.
Here is what the fans had to say about Rohit's knock as well as the partnership:
Rohit Sharma was rested for the first two games and looked to be a bit rusty in the 3rd as well as the 4th T20I. Having not played competitive white-ball cricket for a long time, the 33-year-old seemed to be struggling to adapt to the pace of the shortest format.
However, he looked in ominous touch in the series finale. This allowed Kohli to get his eye in and the skipper is now looking well-set to score big. With contributions from the in-form Suryakumar Yadav and Hardik Pandya, the hosts will be looking to cross the 200-run mark.
With this fearsome duo at the top, there is a debate over whether this should be Team India's opening combination even at the T20 World Cup. The calmness of Virat Kohli coupled with Rohit's hard-hitting, seems to be the answer for the Men in Blue.
India have already crossed the 140-run mark with seven overs to go. This is exactly the brand of cricket that Kohli was talking about before the series. It will be interesting to see whether the Men in Blue stick to this combination at the showpiece event too.