The Indian stand-in skipper, Rohit Sharma put up a brilliant show at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Rajkot as the Indian skipper pulled on his ‘Hitman’ moniker to help his side chase down the target of 154 and level the three-match series.
Leading into the second T20I in Rajkot, Rohit had promised a change in approach towards their batting and he led the team with example. After reducing Bangladesh to an under-par total of 153/6, despite their openers- Liton Das (29) and Mohammad Naim (36)- providing a great start of 60 runs in 7.2 overs, all eyes were on the star-studded opening pair of Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan.
Sharma made his intentions pretty clear when he clobbered Mustafizur Rahman for two fours and a six in his second over before stroking Al-Amin for two consecutive boundaries in the very next over. While he was ruthless against the fast bowlers; pulling, hooking and hitting them over their head, he equally dominated the spinners, smoking Mosaddek Hossain for three consecutive sixes in an over.
Speaking about his knock after the game in the post-match presentation, Rohit said, “We knew with the dew coming in, it will be slightly difficult for the bowlers. We had a good powerplay and just carried on from that start. I knew the conditions were perfect. All I wanted to do was stay still and tonk the ball. It’s been very good so far and just wanted to finish it off on a good note. Looking forward to that.”
Besides his batting, Sharma was in the spotlight for his animated actions on the field. He went on to abuse the third umpire for giving Soumya Sarkar’s decision as ‘not-out’. However, he changed the decision later to ‘out’.
Describing the incident, as per the quotes in India Today, Rohit said, “I’m quite an emotional guy on the field. Some of the decisions in the previous and some of the on-field moments today, we were a bit sloppy. Ultimately the aim is to get the job done, and sometimes we display a lot of emotions. Next time I’ll check where the camera is (laughs).”