Former India skipper Sourav Ganguly lauded Rohit Sharma for leading India to the Asia Cup title. The legendary cricketer also expressed his surprise over Rohit being constantly ignored from the Test team.
Rohit Sharma once again proved his captaincy credentials by leading India to Asia Cup glory. India beat Bangladesh by three wickets in a thrilling game to lift a record seventh title.
Chasing a modest total of 223, India were in early trouble after the in-form Shikhar Dhawan and Ambati Rayudu fell early. Rohit then eased the pressure by playing some delightful shots.
The India skipper hit three fours and as many sixes before falling to Rubel Hossain for 48. Rohit’s dismissal brought Dinesh Karthik and MS Dhoni together and even though the latter took his time early on in his innings, there was no pressure on the Indian camp. Gradually, the pair started to find the runs. However, Mahmudullah ended their charge by accounting for Karthik.
The game soon turned on its when Dhoni departed and Kedar Jadhav was retired hurt. However, that turned out to be a blessing in disguise. Jadeja joined forces with Bhuvneshwar Kumar and brought India close to their target. The duo ran hard – Jadeja hit just one boundary while Bhuvneshwar hit one six and a boundary with 13 runs needed off the last three overs.
But India managed just 7 from two overs and the final equation was six off six. The first three balls yielded 4 before Kuldeep played a dot ball. It was followed by a single before Mahmudullah fired one down the leg which resulted in one leg-bye as India won the thriller.
Ever since the win, Rohit has been garnering praise from all over. His bowler rotation, field placements were widely praised. Rohit also led his team from the front, finishing the tournament with 317 runs. And he became only the 2nd captain to score 300+ runs in a single edition of the Asia Cup after MS Dhoni (327 runs in 2008).
But his delight soon turned into despair on Saturday when India announced the Test squad for the upcoming series. The selectors once again ignored Rohit who has not returned to the side since the tour of South Africa earlier this year.
Moments later, Sourav Ganguly took to Twitter to hail Rohit’s show in the Asia Cup and assured him that a Test call is not far away, writing:
“Great win Rohit and the team @ImRo45 ..u were exceptional…I get surprised every time I don’t see ur name in the test team ..it’s not far away ..”
Great win Rohit and the team @ImRo45 ..u were exceptional…I get surprised every time I don’t see ur name in the test team ..it’s not far away ..
— Sourav Ganguly (@SGanguly99) September 29, 2018