For a batsman whose cricket career got a second wind after his ascension to the top of the order, Rohit Sharma has undoubtedly come a long way to establish his reputation as one of the most feared openers in international cricket. His effortless batting display continues to aid Team India and, more often than not, has a tendency of capturing the imagination of cricket fans.
The right-hander had a brilliant run last year. He set the ICC World Cup on fire by scoring a record five hundreds and finished the 2019 edition of the coveted tournament as its highest run-scorer. He was particularly rampant in ODIs, amassing a staggering 1,490 runs in 28 matches at a brilliant average of 57.30 last year.
While Indian captain Virat Kohli hogs the limelight for his consistency, Rohit, too, had managed to carve his own niche with the willow. That's probably why Pakistani great Zaheer Abbas loves watching him play on the field. “I don't move from the television screen when he (Rohit) is batting. His batting gives me real satisfaction and watching him play is pure bliss. I admire the way he creates a shot and plays where he wants to. He picks up the ball very early and that is special,” Abbas was quoted as saying by Times Now.
Following a brilliant run in 2019, the Mumbai batsman was rested in India's 2-0 win against Sri Lanka in the recently-concluded T20I series. But, the Indian opener was back in action, being on the verge of shattering numerous records, as India locked horns with Australia in the three-match ODI series.
From being on the verge of becoming the second-fastest batsmen to score 9000 ODI runs to becoming the first Indian to smash 100 international sixes against a single team, Rohit was in running for as many as five records which were expected to be shattered by him going into the 1st ODI between India and Australia at the iconic Wankhede stadium in Mumbai on 14th January.January 14, 2020
Opening the innings with Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit looked in ominous touch as he creamed Mitchell Starc's juicy half-volley through covers for a first-ball boundary. The fourth delivery of the first over saw him surviving a run-out scare, but another exquisite boundary through covers on the very next ball had everyone anticipating another batting masterclass from the right-handed batsman.
After a few quiet overs, Starc's cross-seam delivery bamboozled Rohit into giving a simple, low catch to David Warner at mid-off. For a batsman whose last three ODI scores against Australia read: 95, 56 and 57, Rohit left the home fans wanting for more following his cheap dismissal.
While Team India's 'Hitman' was sent back into the hut for a mediocre score of just 10 runs, he still managed to achieve a personal milestone. Despite his early dismissal, Rohit became the fastest batsman to score 1000 runs against Australia at home. He took just 18 innings to achieve the feat, leaving Sachin Tendulkar (19 innings), Kohli (19 innings) and Eoin Morgan (25 innings) in his wake.
But, despite his personal feat, Rohit failed to impress the Indian cricket fans who were probably expecting their star player to cut a sorry figure for the Australian bowlers by scoring big.January 14, 2020
Solid foundation of 10 runs by Rohit Sharma. Now, it is up to the other players to build the innings based on this foundation and respect the sacrifice of Rohit Sharma. #INDvAUS— Keh Ke Peheno (@coolfunnytshirt) January 14, 2020
Rohit Sharma & left arm pacers pic.twitter.com/yLuiW24UJe— The Alchemist (@ponananthvs) January 14, 2020 January 14, 2020 January 14, 2020
True! Can't trust him!!— â (@HelicopterShott) January 14, 2020
Looool stat padder Rohit Sharma again fails vs a good team and his fans be like he better than Tendulkar.
Loooooool eat shit pricks
But thalaiva... Out ððð pic.twitter.com/DePz2JAePW— @tamizhð (@smile_tamizh143) January 14, 2020