Rohit Sharma roadshow has the Aussies in awe in St Lucia

What looked extraordinary, even by Rohit Sharma’s standards, was that he seemed almost able to read the bowlers’ minds and know what the next delivery would be! For someone who has been always blessed with ample time to play his shots, such anticipation meant he got into position for his array of pull, drive, slog sweeps and a crouched pick-up shot almost at will — obtaining seven boundaries and eight maximums.

The sense of awe, bordering on admiration, among the Aussie bowlers was a departure from the usual challenging stare or swear words — one could almost see Starc’s lips curl into a ‘wow’ as he walked back to get his cap from the umpire after an over which saw Sharma hammering him for 6, 6, 4, 6, dot, (a wide) and 6. The battle-scarred left-arm fast bowler did avenge his humiliation by denying Sharma what could have been one of the most spectacular centuries ever in a World T20 game; but by then, the damage had been done.

It would be worthwhile to do a bit of number-crunching on Rohit Sharma at this point.

As someone who has now played in all editions of the tournament since 2007, he is the highest scorer in the T20 Internationals with 4,165 runs, followed by Babar Azam (4,145) and Virat Kohli (4,103) — not to speak of him being the first batter to cross 200 T20I sixes.

Looking ahead now, the Men in Blue have another shot at redemption when they take on champions England in the semi-final on Thursday, 27 June. It won’t be easy. Jos Buttler’s men had their pride badly dented in the 2022 semi-finals before going on to beat Pakistan in the final.

However, tomorrow is another day!

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