The Virat Kohli-led India must be brimming with confidence after the league stage of the 2019 World Cup. The Men in Blue finished on top of the points table with 15 points from nine matches. India are now scheduled to play the first semi-final against New Zealand on July 9 at the Old Trafford in Manchester. The two teams were scheduled to play in the league stage as well, but their match in Nottingham was washed off.
Rohit Sharma has been the man in belligerent form for India in the ongoing ICC World Cup 2019. The opening batsman slammed 103 off 94 balls against a listless Sri Lanka at Headingley, Leeds, in India’s final league match of the 2019 edition of the world championship to pick his fourth man of the match award. This was his third consecutive hundred after the tons against England and Bangladesh and also the fifth in the one edition and the sixth overall. Such has been his dominance in the 2019 World Cup that Sachin Tendulkar is also out of adjectives trying to describe his heroics and has applauded the efforts of the right-hander.
Rohit is poetry in motion
With this, Rohit broke the record of former Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara’s record of four centuries in one World Cup and also equalled compatriot Sachin Tendulkar’s record of six World Cup hundreds. Rohit was at his sublime best against the Lankans while chasing a target of 265 after the islanders won the toss and scored 264 for 7 in 50 overs riding Angelo Mathews’ 113 off 128 balls. He put up 189 runs for the first wicket with KL Rahul who also scored a hundred (111), his maiden at the cricket World Cup. India won the game by 7 wickets with 39 balls to spare and took their points tally to 15.
“He is fantastic. Rohit is poetry in motion because the kind of bat-swing he has, not many players possess that. A class apart when it comes to the smooth swing. You could see the effort put in when he hit that six was minimal. A number of guys have multiple bat swings but not a clean swing. Rohit’s swing is like a pendulum,” Sachin Tendulkar was quoted as saying by India Today.
Sachin also noted that the team has been playing really good cricket and all the members have done their part. He also referred to the win against Lankan lions as an important one before the semi-finals. “The way we played against Sri Lanka was fantastic. All-round performance, clinical. Along the way, we got better and better and squeezed them really hard. I think this has been a convincing victory,” concluded Tendulkar.