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“He can play the pick-up pull” – Ravichandran Ashwin on Rohit Sharma
By SMCS - Jan 19, 2024 2:30 pm
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Experienced Team India off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has praised captain Rohit Sharma, saying that it is ‘impossible’ to bowl to him in the last four overs of a T20I if he is set. However, Rohit scored an amazing 121* off 69 balls vs Afghanistan in Bengaluru in the third T20I of the three-match series. His knock came after they were reduced to 22/4 while batting first as well.

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Rohit Sharma scored his 5th T20I century

Speaking on his YouTube channel, Ashwin said: “The most notable point of the match was Rohit’s innings was, when the team was floating at 30/4, he buckled down and adapted to the situation and went nuts at the back end of the innings. I have said this before, it’s impossible to bowl to a set Rohit Sharma in the last four overs, whoever the bowler is.”

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He again shared: “Length balls can be pulled. Towards the body, he can play the pick-up pull. If your short ball is sailing in front of the wicket, a little fuller and wider, you are going to see a loft over covers. If you miss the yorker, confirm six. Leave the Super Over in the third T20I, he hit sixes off Tim Southee in New Zealand and won a match for us casually.”

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Rohit Sharma had a banter with the umpire

While Rohit Sharma got out without scoring in the first two T20I matches of the series, Ravichandran Ashwin further added that Rohit Sharma was run out in the first match and he got out while starting to show some intent in the second as well.

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“Rohit Sharma yet again proved why he is the boss. He has arrived in the same mode that he played the ODI World Cup. He got two ducks, one of which was a run out, and one showed intent for the team. He yet again played for the team and got a century to his name. Rohit Sharma is there to watch out for,” Ravichandran Ashwin concluded.