Rohit Sharma blasted away the feeble bowling attack of Pune Warriors on a lively Mumbai pitch that was of some assistance to speedsters. After failing to hit big in the first two games this season, the Mumbaikar has got two fifties in consecutive matches. He played second fiddle to a prolific Dinesh Karthik in his first knock against Delhi, who exploded with big sixes towards the end. But against the warriors, he launched into their bowling the moment he stepped in.
Sharma came in to bat after a solid start from MI top order batsmen. Sachin Tendulkar and the in-form Dinesh Karthik kept the score board ticking at a healthy rate. Then it was Rohit’s show all the way till the last delivery. He smacked the erratic Pune bowlers all over the park and cleared the ropes 8 times with ease out of which he sent the cork sailing over the boundary for Yes bank maxima as many as 5 times. His strike rate of almost 200 in the innings helped the host to post a huge total of 183 which set the stage for Mumbai Indian’s bowlers to rip through the relatively out of form Pune’s batting line up restricting them to 142.
Rohit Sharma who made his debut for India in 2007, failed to capitalise on the opportunities given to him by the national selectors. Praised as a very talented youngster with loads of talent, Rohit Sharma undoubtedly has got the class of one of his kind. It is always treat to watch this youngster play shots with exquisite timing and astounding placement. But one would wonder why a batsman of his calibre often fails to live upto the standards that match his capabilities. Rohit’s temperament was questioned by many critics more than once and he was the topic of many discussions on why he was given so many opportunities in the Indian side even after failing miserably so many times. He was the topic of discussion by cricket analysts more number of times because of his lack of form rather than as a consistent performer in the team.
No one can ever better analyse than Rohit himself on lack of being in form, and he should do some self reflection and come up with some solid performances and many runs under his belt if he likes to get out of his current predicament with the Indian side. But whatever his record as a batsman in the Indian side is, one must agree to the fact that he has been one of the finest young guns who have performed extremely well in the Indian Premier League.
In the first two editions of IPL, when he played for the Deccan Chargers team, he single handedly won many matches for his side. His lofted drive over the straight boundary was one of his best shots. He was instrumental in Deccan Chargers winning the second edition of the IPL. Then he was bought by the mighty Mumbai Indians and Rohit Sharma hopefully would have learnt a lot of lessons from the experienced Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar. For he is in a very good nick at present, scoring big runs by putting price on his wicket and finishing the games in style without throwing his wicket.
As Mumbai will take on a confident Rajasthan Royals who are also with equal points that of the MI on Wednesday evening, MI will again look to its in form players Rohit Sharma and Dinesh Karthik to continue their good run and make valuable contributions in the Royals backyard in Jaipur.
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