The Man-of-the-Match at Mohali was not decided at the post-match presentation, but it was certain when Rohit Sharma started the carnage against the helpless Sri Lankans. The ‘Hitman’ as we know him, gave us a perfect example of his exceptional quality as a batsman as he registered a surreal third double ton of his career. Sharma’s 208-run knock of 151 balls rightly fetched him the Man of the Match award.
Rohit Sharma smashed a colossal 12 maximums and 13 boundaries in the process which saw India put up a gigantic total of 392 runs on the board. Though Shikhar Dhawan and Shreyas Iyer played their part with 68 and 88 respectively, Sharma stole the show by far.
Rohit Sharma led by example at Mohali and with some help from his bowling department India secured a mammoth 141 run victory to level up the series at one each.
On today’s innings, he said:
“If I am not wrong, in the first two 200s as well I got the century in the 38th over and I kept telling myself to hold my shape and hit through the line. I did pretty similar things in the earlier ones too – getting 50 off 70 balls. This wicket was superb to start off, the longer I stayed the easier it became to bat on. In the end, getting to 392 was important. I think that 264 is very close to me. People keep asking me to pick my favourite double-century but I really cannot pick one.” said Rohit.
Rohit Sharma revealed his favourite double-hundred:
“That one against Australia was the series decider, the one against Sri Lanka earlier was one where I was coming back from an injury and this one was necessary to keep the series alive.”
Rohit’s blistering form will be a huge threat for the Lions in the decider. With the captain in form, the Indians will go all guns firing to seal the series in the next and last encounter.