Sachin Tendulkar cutting Shoaib Akhtar for a huge six in the 2003 World Cup still remains one of the most iconic moments of the fierce rivalry between India and Pakistan. Well, Rohit Sharma reproduced that famous moment by smashing Hasan Ali for a similar six when India locked horns against Pakistan on Sunday.
On the second ball of the 27th over, Hasan Ali bowled one which was well short and wide. The ball was there to be hit and Rohit did not let the opportunity go away. He used the pace of the bowler as he cut late, opened the face of the bat to get it over backward point. The shot soon reminded the fans of Tendulkar’s iconic shot in 2003 and the ICC made the most of it.
The Twitter handle of the apex body posted Rohit and Sachin Tendulkar’s shots and asked the fan to vote for the better version. However, Sachin Tendulkar himself settled the debate with a brilliant answer. The legendary batsman re-tweeted ICC’s video and wrote:
“We both are from INDIA and in this case, AAMCHI MUMBAI as well….So heads I win, tails you lose! ?Sachin”
We both are from INDIA and in this case, AAMCHI MUMBAI as well….So heads I win, tails you lose! ? https://t.co/doUMk1QU2b
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) June 17, 2019
Talking about the game, India once again beat Pakistan to take their record in World Cups to 7-0. Unlike Tendulkar, who was out for 98 in 2003, Rohit went on to smash a stunning century as India beat their arch rivals by 89 runs (DLS method).
Asked to bat first, India posted a mammoth total of 336 for 5 in 50 overs. In reply, Pakistan finished on 212 for 6 while chasing a revised total of 301 in 40 overs. Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul laid the platform for the big total of 336 for 5 by adding 136 runs for the first wicket.
The partnership ended when Wahab Riaz sent back Rahul for 57. But Rohit went on to make the most of his start and smashed a breathtaking 140 while Virat Kohli scored 77 as India score big.
In reply, Pakistan lost opener Imam-ul-Haq (7) to the first-ever ball Vijay Shankar bowled in a World Cup but recovered well as Fakhar Zaman (62) and Babar Azam (48) shared a 104-run second-wicket stand. However, Kuldeep Yadav dismissed the set pair in consecutive overs before Hardik Pandya removed Mohammad Hafeez (9) and Shoaib Malik (0) off successive deliveries as Pakistan slipped from 117-1 to 129-5. Pakistan eventually huffed and puffed to 212 for 6.