Sometimes hard luck trumps hard work. Here are the top 10 innings which are true testimony to the above statement.
11. Rohit Sharma vs South Africa, Gandhi-Mandela series Kanpur in 2015.
It was the first ODI of the Gandhi-Mandela series in Kanpur and the men in blue were looking to start off the series on a winning note, having already lost the 3-match T20 series 2-0. At a belter of a pitch in Kanpur, the Proteas smashed the toothless Indian bowling to every part of the ground and with the help of a brilliant hundred by captain AB de Villiers, SA posted 303 on the board.
Coming in to bat, Indian openers Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan provided a good start before Dhawan gave his wicket away. Rohit Sharma shouldered the responsibility of the chase and the strokes he played were as good as it gets. A craftsman’s elegant touch and with impeccable timing, Rohit scored a massive 150 off just 133 balls with six sixes. At one point, it looked as if India would achieve the target with a couple of overs to spare. But, once Sharma fell at 269/4 with 23 balls remaining to get 35 runs, our IPL specialists Dhoni and Raina failed to consolidate on the ideal platform that Rohit had set. Eventually, India lost by 5 runs and Rohit’s marvelous knock went in vain.