India captain Rohit Sharma set the internet on fire with his staggering unbeaten run of 28 balls and 51 runs, although the Men in Blue suffered another heartbreak, the team’s second in as many matches in Bangladesh on Wednesday.
Rohit Sharma, who dislocated his left thumb while outfield in Bangladesh’s innings, came out to bat at number 9 for India and nearly led his side to a famous victory in the second ODI at Shere-E -Bangla Stadium. But ultimately, India had to suffer a shocking five-run defeat to lose their second consecutive series to Bangladesh.
Batting first, Bangladesh found themselves on the ropes at 6/69 with India dominating proceedings with the assistance of Washington Sundar’s three wickets.
However, just when it looked like India were running away with the game, a 148-run stand between Mahmudullah and Mehidy Hasan Miraz put Bangladesh back in the game. After Mahmudullah bowled for 77 in the 47th over, Mehidy Hasan Miraz put the final push into Bangladesh’s innings as 54 runs came off the last 23 balls.
Mehidy Hasan Miraz went unbeaten on 100 deliveries from 83 and was the main hero of Bangladesh’s comeback.
In response, Rohit Sharma and company found themselves in a deep hole at 4/65 with Virat Kohli, Shikhar Dhawan and KL Rahul all back in the hut. Their problems were further exacerbated by the sideline of Rohit Sharma at the top of the order, caused by a thumb injury.
A 107-run partnership between Shreyas Iyer and Axar Patel stopped the rut, but the application rate continued to climb. Moments later, Team India were on the brink of defeat with the score of 213/8. Just when everyone thought the game was over, there was another twist in the story when an injured Rohit Sharma entered the bat.
Despite the injury concern, Rohit Sharma played a gallant stroke as he started hitting the ball all over the ground and reduced the equation to 20 runs at the end of the 49th over.
With 20 needed to win the match in the final, Rohit Sharma hit second and third deliveries for bounds, however, what made the situation difficult for him was the ball Mustafizur Rahman bowled at fourth.
With two sixes needed to win the India match, Rohit Sharma hit the fifth pitch of the 50th for a top, but then Mustafizur Rahman produced an unplayable yorker off the last ball to claim a stunning victory.
Rohit Sharma’s effort, however, was highly praised by the fans who called him the ‘champion’, while others said that he has won the heart of every Indian through his bravery.
Also world No. 1 batsman in T20Is Suryakumar Yadav she couldn’t help but send him a text of gratitude as she tweeted, “Massive Respect bro.”
— Surya Kumar Yadav (@surya_14kumar) December 7, 2022
— RATNISH (@LoyalSachinFan) December 7, 2022
Take a bow, Rohit Sharma!!
He made the bold decision to come out to bat with an injured thumb and scored 51* (28), with less chance of winning the match, he gave his all and brought India closer. pic.twitter.com/JVwww7wfPZ
— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) December 7, 2022
India lost the match 💔, but the lion 🦁 Rohit Sharma 🔥, won the hearts of all India 🇮🇳 and the cricket world. pic.twitter.com/hanureY8by
—Vishal. (@SPORTYVISHAL) December 7, 2022
Rohit Sharma, a champion.
– John. (@CricCrazyJohns) December 7, 2022
Meanwhile, Rohit Sharma has provided an update on the thumb injury he sustained in Bangladesh’s innings. The 35-year-old eventually came out to bat at number 9 for India before batting an unbeaten 28-ball 51 to put the visitors close to winning in the final of the contest.
“Honestly, the thumb is not too big. A few dislocations on my finger but not a fracture which is why I might come to bat,” Rohit Sharma said after India’s second consecutive loss in the series.
“I think when you lose a game, there are good and bad… From 70-for-6 to allowing them to 270-odd was not a huge effort on the part of the bowlers. The middle overs and back end are hurting us, he hurt us in the first game as well,” he added.
“We need to focus on what we need to do as individuals, but without taking anything away from Mehidy and Mahmudullah. But we have to learn to break partnerships and that is something that will help you a lot,” explained Rohit Sharma.
In one day cricket, it’s all about partnerships like those guys did. When you get 50, 70 managed partnerships, you should make it a 100-120 partnership. Having said that, we have a lot to look at and we need to be a little brave and take more chances,” explained the Nagpur-born cricket star.
“There are few worries about injuries and we have to get to the bottom of it; maybe they are playing too much cricket. It’s something that we need to sit down with our team at NCA and try to monitor their workload. I can’t afford to have half players representing India,” concluded Rohit Sharma.
The third and final ODI of the series between the sides is played at Chattogram on Saturday.