Rohit Sharma has become India’s main man with the bat in the ongoing World Cup. The right-handed batsman is looking in a different altogether. He started the tournament with a sublime ton against South Africa and has not looked back thereafter. Fast forward to the day of semifinal and Rohit Sharma has looked unstoppable in the tournament.
In 8 innings, he has notched up a record five tons. No other player in the history of the World Cup has notched up five centuries in a single edition. Rohit Sharma broke Kumar Sangakkara‘s record who scored four centuries in the 2015 edition. Rohit also became only the second Indian after the legendary Sachin Tendulkar to score 600 or more runs in a single edition.
With 647 runs to his name so far, Rohit will be India’s main man against New Zealand when both the teams lock horns in the first semifinal at Old Trafford on Tuesday. Rohit, however, will have a lot to worry about against New Zealand. The India opener’s record against New Zealand pace spearhead Trent Boult is terrible and it can come back to haunt him.
Rohit has so far played 136 balls from Boult and has managed only 88 runs at a strike rate of just over 64. What is more worrying is that he has been dismissed four times by Boult. Rohit’s problem against left-arm pacers and inswinging deliveries is well known and Boult has fully capitalised on it. Even in the warm-up game before the main tournament, Boult dismissed Rohit for two.
Well, India will be hoping that Rohit negates the huge threat possessed by Boult and delivers another masterclass with the bat. India, meanwhile, will be confident of beating New Zealand. The Men in Blue finished the group stage at the top spot. On the other hand, New Zealand finished at fourth after losing their last three group games.