Rohit Sharma once again came in the limelight with a scintillating century in India’s series-clinching 7-wicket win over Australia. His hundred came under pressure in the third and decider ODI at Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru on Sunday (January 19).
While chasing 287 to win, India lost in-form opener KL Rahul (19) very cheaply who came to open in Shikhar Dhawan’s absence. His dismissal brought skipper Virat Kohli on the crease. He along with vice-captain steadied the ship in the middle.
Rohit Sharma smashed his 29th ODI century. Both Rohit and Kohli stitched a 137-run for the second wicket where Kohli scored 89 off 91 balls to made the winning foundation. However, Sharma got out in the 37th over after scoring 119 off 128 balls, including 8 fours and 6 huge sixes.
After India’s convincing series victory, Rohit Sharma came in ‘Chahal TV’. Veteran India wrist-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal then asked the Indian opener about his six-hitting ability. To which the Hitman revealed his secret.
Rohit Sharma reveals his secret
“Hitting sixes is not about power, it’s about timing. I never try to muscle the ball out of the ground instead I look to just clear the rope,” shared Rohit.
However, it is no surprise that Rohit loves to hit sixes. The flamboyant India opener has now smashed 416 sixes across three formats – the third most in international cricket. Only West Indies’ Chris Gayle (534) and Pakistan’s Shahid Afridi (476) is ahead of him in the six hitters’ chart.
After winning the series by 2-1, captain Virat Kohli referred to it as one of the most satisfying ones.
On the other hand. Australia had a stunning series last year. Despite losing the first two games, Aaron Finch led team bounced back beautifully and won the five-match series by 3-2. At that time, they did not get the service of their two best players – Steve Smith and David Warner.
However, this time too they started with a scintillating 10-wicket win where both David Warner and Aaron Finch both smashed centuries. Kohli said this Australia team are far better than the previous year as they have Steve Smith, Warner and Marnus Labuschagne along with a quality bowling attack.