Former India skipper Sourav Ganguly has said India opener Rohit Sharma ‘can’t be away from a big score’ for too long.

Rohit Sharma’s penchant for scoring big is well known in the cricketing world. In a format where scoring even over 150 is considered a huge milestone, Rohit has scored three ODI double centuries. Even in T20Is, he has scored a mind-boggling three centuries, the joint-most by any batsman in the world.

The latest century, perhaps, was the best of the lot. Rohit had come to the United Kingdom after a forgettable outing in the Indian Premier League for Mumbai Indians.

For the first time in eleven seasons, he had failed to cross the 300-run mark, as his team finished fifth. But it mattered little, as he hit the ground running. In the first T20I against Ireland, he missed another T20I century by just three runs.

Some average outings followed it before he made amends with a stunning show in the all-important series-decider in Bristol. It was an innings of the highest quality. Such was Rohit’s dominance that a target of 199 looked ridiculously easy.

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India’s chase didn’t start well with Shikhar Dhawan (5) sent back cheaply by David Willey. Lokesh Rahul scored 19 runs off ten deliveries before Jake Ball dismissed him.

But with Rohit going great guns, India soon found themselves on top. He and Virat Kohli added 89 runs for the third wicket to bat England out of the game. Rohit remained till the end, reaching his hundred off 56 balls to take India home.

“I had told you in Cardiff that a big knock from Rohit Sharma was just around the corner. He is a big player and can’t be away from a big score for too long. Today when the team needed him the most to win the match, he played a gem of a knock,” Ganguly told IndiaTV.

“Rohit’s innings was fluent and flawless. This is his third hundred in this format, that’s something even Virat Kohli doesn’t have. This shows what kind of an impact Rohit has on this team, especially in limited-overs cricket,” he added.

The legendary player also said India never looked under pressure in the game.

“India were never in pressure during the game. They were always ahead of England, and it never looked as if England were going to win the game,” he said.