India captain Rohit Sharma is arguably one of the most dangerous white ball hitters in the world. He certainly enjoys playing against Australia and will be one of the key players to watch in the three-game T20I series which kicks off at Mohali on Tuesday.
Team India’s new brand of ultra-attacking batting cricket has been refreshing and Rohit Sharma has really led by example. It makes the prospect of seeing him beat against a powerful bowling attack in Australia even more interesting.
On that note, let’s take a look at the Indian captain’s top three T20I performances against the Australians so far:
#3 52(38), Sydney, 2016
The Indian team had already concluded the series 2-0 and it was in the final game at the Sydney Cricket Ground where MS Dhoni and his men were looking to complete a memorable whitewash.
Virat Kohli was in incredible form that summer, but so was Rohit Sharma, who had just enjoyed a fantastic half-century at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Shane Watson’s brilliant cent saw Australia reach a mammoth goal of 199 past the Men in Blue.
Shikhar Dhawan gave the Indians a flying start, rushing to 26 on just eight balls. But it seemed to be Watson’s day as he broke the momentum by picking up the southpaw’s wicket.
Kohli continued on his merry way, but Rohit Sharma also showed how to take advantage of the rich vein of form he was in. He scored a nice 52 on 38 balls which allowed Suresh Raina and Yuvraj Singh to finish. the game in a last bullet thriller.
With that, India completed a famous 3-0 shutout.
#2 60(47), Melbourne, 2016
It was a round of true courage from Rohit Sharma as he had only scored a lone run on his first ten balls. However, he got on a roll after breaking his first limit and started to raise the bar.
With Rohit in that sort of mood, the Aussie bowlers looked utterly helpless as he began to push through the great limits of the MCG with ease. He and Shikhar Dhawan added a crucial 97 runs for the first wicket.
Rohit Sharma brought up his half-century in just 37 balls, which was enough to show how he made up for his slow start. Virat Kohli still marked half a century.
It could have been another century for the dangerous opener had he not been exhausted. Nonetheless, he played his part in what was a complete victory.
#1 79*(46), Barbados, 2010
Arguably one of Rohit Sharma’s best shots in the shortest format, this round really saw him grow despite being just 23 years old. India would not even cross the 100 race mark.
However, Rohit fought like a warrior and easily adopted the short ball scheme. The way he smoked short-pitch deliveries for a mammoth six showed he had truly arrived on the international stage and was someone who wasn’t going to be intimidated by pace and rebound.
Although India lost the match and that put another dent in their 2010 T20 World Cup debacle, the world realized that Rohit Sharma was not going to be intimidated by short balls.