After smashing five centuries in the World Cup and then establishing himself as a Test opener, it was time that Rohit Sharma carried his great vein of form in the shortest format and he has done it. There is no doubt that this year has been Rohit Sharma’s year.
The Indian captain for the India-Bangladesh three-match T20I series helped India comeback in the series with an 85 off just 43 balls which included six fours and six sixes. His knock ensured that India chased down 154 in 15.4 overs. It was an absolute carnage at Rajkot as all the bowlers were traveling around the park.
In a particular over against Mosaddek Hossain, Rohit smashed three consecutive sixes to put the bowler under pressure. He perished in trying to hit another big one as he was caught on the boundary on 85.
Virender Sehwag, when talking about Hitman in a post-match show for Cricbuzz mentioned that there are certain things in the game which Rohit Sharma does that even Virat Kohli can’t do. He said,
“Hitting 3-4 sixes in a single over or scoring 80-90 runs in 45 balls is an art that I haven’t even seen Kohli pull off as regularly as Rohit.” Sehwag even went on to compare Rohit Sharma with his batting idol Sachin Tendulkar.
Sehwag is right in saying that Sharma’s ability to hit sixes is something that others can’t do so easily. The ease with which he hits sixes is unbelievable. In fact, Right hander is one the verge of breaking an all-time India record.
Rohit Sharma has currently hit 398 international sixes and is just two short of hitting 400. If he hits two more sixes then he will be the first Indian batsman to reach the mark of 400 international sixes. It would be a rare achievement as only two other international players have crossed the 400 mark.
Shahid Afridi is at the second place with 476 international sixes and The Universe Boss – Chris Gayle is at the number one position with 534 sixes to his name. Whenever Rohit Sharma is in full flow he likes dealing in sixes. All his ODI double hundred include a lot of sixes. Even in the Test format, once he was set, he took on all the spinners and deposited the ball in the stands.
He is one of those batsmen who can hit good balls for sixes. At times, he can make the bowler absolutely clueless. If he continues in this fashion, he might even break Gayle’s record but at the moment he needs just two more sixes to be the first Indian to smash 400 international sixes and let’s hope so he does it in the third T20I against Bangladesh.
Author – Fambeat
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