Rohit Sharma, Indian swashbuckling opener, has hailed the Indian fans for the passion with which they throng to every nook and corner of the world just to support their Men in Blue.
Indian cricket fans virtually play the role of a 12th men for their team, no matter where they play. Hailing fans for their unrelenting passion, Rohit Sharma said that one never realizes that he is playing for India until he witnesses the support of the fans.
“You never realize you’re playing for the Indian cricket team until you witness the support of the fans,” Rohit Sharma said on the Cricket Connected Show on Star Sports.
‘I couldn’t believe my eyes as I hadn’t seen anything like this before’- Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma went on to recount the memories of the 2007 T20 World Cup where he, for the very first time in his life, saw fans dancing and celebrating in the hotel after the Men in Blue’s historic semi-final win against the might Aussies.
“I still remember when we won against Australia in the semi-final in 2007, our hotel was full of fans and they were all celebrating and dancing, I couldn’t believe my eyes as I hadn’t seen anything like this before. You always see fans in the stadium but that day at the hotel, seeing all of those supporters, I felt that it is the fans’ passion and love that keeps the team going,” Rohit Sharma added.
Speaking of the 2007 T20 World Cup semi-final, that win by India will go down as one of their greatest-ever wins in their white-ball cricket history.
And, once again it was Yuvraj Singh, who rose to the occasion when his team needed him the best. Coming in to bat at 2-48 in the ninth over, Yuvraj Singh played what is possibly the best innings of his T20 carrier.
The left-hander launched a stunning assault on the Aussies, hammering a brutal 30-ball 70. Robin Uthappa and MS Dhoni gave able support to Yuvi and India eventually went on to post 5-188 in 20 overs.
If Yuvraj was the hero with the bat, the same can be said about S Sreesanth, as far as bowling is concerned.
Sreesanth claimed both Adam Gilchrist and Matthew Hayden and gave away just 12 runs in his 4 overs. He dismissed Hayden at a time when the southpaw and Andrew Symonds were threatening to take the game away.
Irfan Pathan then proceeded to dismiss Andrew Symonds. Australia lost the momentum and eventually finished 15 runs short of the target to hand India a tryst with Pakistan in the summit clash. The rest, as they say, is history.