Rohit Sharma, the captain of India, is not one of the most flamboyant players. But the Hitman had an incredible response to an incident during the first T20I against Australia.
Despite edging a delivery into the hands of the wicket-keeper, Australian batter Steve Smith refused to walk off in the series opener in Mohali on Tuesday, leaving Rohit a little disgruntled.
The event happened during Australia’s 12th over of batting, with Umesh Yadav from India bowling to the Australians. Umesh appeared to recognise Smith’s effort at a paddle scoop as he moved over the crease. The Australian batter was forced to attempt a shot towards the third man when the India bowler altered his line and length.
Smith was unable to strike the ball as he desired. The wicketkeeper, Dinesh Karthik, caught the ball after it touched his bat. The umpire ruled in favour of the hitter despite a forceful appeal from the Indians.
Smith’s choice to remain in the game disappointed Rohit Sharma:
Rohit Sharma instantly signalled DRS, but he was unhappy with Smith’s choice to continue. Rohit chuckled to express his emotions even though he refrained from confronting the Australian superstar.
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The third umpire reviewed the video and determined that Smith had indeed been caught behind.
India was anticipated to win the match after Smith was out, but Matthew Wade had other plans. The wicket-keeper batter orchestrated an amazing blitzkrieg in the last overs, scoring 45 runs off just 21 balls to seal the victory for his team.
Australia dominated their chase of 209 to clinch the series opener in Mohali by 4 wickets and take a 1-0 lead in the three-match T20I series.