The Men in Blue have kicked off their World Cup 2019 campaign in a sensational way, registering a clinical 6-wicket victory over South Africa at The Rose Bowl in Southampton on Wednesday. The Indian bowlers delivered a sensational performance to restrict the Proteas under a pretty modest first innings total. Yuzvendra Chahal picked up fabulous four-wicket haul, while Jasprit Bumrah claimed two crucial scalps. In the second innings, Rohit Sharma showed great composure and temperament to notch up a match-winning hundred and helped India chase the total pretty comfortably.
The conditions were tough and it wasn’t easy facing Kagiso Rabada when India met South Africa in their first game. But a flamboyant Rohit Sharma took the challenge head-on and registered his 23rd ODI century in that game.
He applied himself beautifully and the luck favored him as well. This was the first hundred scored in the World Cup 2019 which came in a winning cause. It sure has to be one of the better hundreds this tournament and was a delight to watch Rohit in action. After the match, Indian captain Virat Kohli mentioned that this was Rohit’s best knock thus far in ODIs and now the opener has found another admirer in former Indian cricketer Kris Srikkanth.
For India, Rohit Sharma is a major asset
In his latest column, Kris Srikkanth mentioned that Rohit Sharma’s form is the biggest positive for India from the first game of the competition. He reckoned that opener’s importance is much in a tournament such as the World Cup and Rohit has the ability to turn it around on any day. Srikkanth noted that the right-hander has a unique quality that he can change gears quite instantly.
“Rohit’s return to form is the biggest positive for India after the first game of the tournament. Opening batsmen are crucial at the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup and Sharma more than anyone has that ability to turn it on,” Kris Srikkanth wrote in his column.
“He can go from first gear to fourth gear in an instant and just kick on from there and keep clicking through the gears. For India, having someone who can go and get not just hundreds but even double hundreds is a major asset and also relieves the pressure on Virat Kohli a little,” he added.
Srikkanth noted that the troika of Rohit, Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli are very crucial for India in this World Cup. He revealed that it was a great sign that Rohit got a hundred and took India over the finishing line quite comfortably.
“The trio of Shikhar Dhawan, Sharma and Kohli will be crucial to India’s chances so it is a great sign that Sharma got a hundred and saw them over the line. He did not need to ramp it up against South Africa, who had not scored enough runs in Southampton, but that knock will do him a lot of good,” Srikkanth concluded.