Best of the best: Rohit Sharma's top 5 innings in T20Is
Rohit Sharma oozes batting talent. He is one of the most talented batsmen India has ever produced. When he is on song, it seems as though he has so much time to play his shots as he caresses the ball with impeccable timing.
But for a player of his class, Rohit had a frustrating first six years in international cricket as he failed to nail down a permanent spot in the team. But finally, in 2013, it all came together when he was promoted to open the batting in limited-overs cricket, which turned out to be a master-stroke as he started getting the consistency the cricketing world was hoping for.
He has scored two ODI double hundreds, a T20 International hundred and a couple of Test hundreds (a feat which only Chris Gayle and Martin Guptill have achieved).
Even though Rohit hasn’t yet gone on to become a permanent and consistent Test batsman, he is one of the best players in white-ball cricket at the moment. In T20Is, he has scored over 1300 runs (second-most by an Indian in T20Is). The Mumbai Indians captain has made some notable and important contributions in T20Is. Let’s have a look at the top five knocks by Rohit Sharma in T20Is.
#5 62(28) vs West Indies, Lauderhill – 2016
In a hurriedly arranged T20I series, India were visiting the USA for the first time to play an international game. In what turned out to be a historic spectacle, the fans were treated to a run-fest. Most runs, most sixes, two T20I centuries and power hitting – all in one game.
After being set a target of 246, India had to create history if they had to chase it down. India got off to a decent start but lost their way as they were reduced to 48/2 in the 5th over, even the chase master, Virat Kohli, fell cheaply.
But then, Rohit Sharma took the mantle on his shoulder and scored a brilliant 28-ball 62 before holing out in the 12th over. But when he fell, Rohit had ensured India’s run-rate was in the mid-11s (he got out after adding 89 with KL Rahul in 7 overs).
Not many people remember Rohit’s contribution of 62 as it was overshadowed by a splendid 110 by KL Rahul. But it was Rohit’s 62 that gave India much-needed momentum in the innings, something which was carried through by Rahul and eventually helped India get close and fall short by 1 run.