Before the start of the fifth ODI at St. George’s Park, Port Elizabeth, India’s premier ODI batsman, Rohit Sharma, might have felt the heat the most.
In the eight outings so far on the South African tour, Rohit only managed the highest score of 47 behind him.
The other cause for concern for the Mumbai batsman was his record against Kagiso Rabada on tour. Out of the eight innings, Rabada dismissed Sharma six times, thereby, making him his bunny.
Therefore, many cricket pundits, namely Kepler Wessels, started questioning the Hitman’s technique. The critic’s arguments gained weight looking at Rohit’s mode of dismissal throughout with head falling over and front foot planted in front of his stumps.
Out of all his dismissals, it was the leg-before wickets which were causing him concerns.
Many thought 2018 would be the breakthrough year for someone like Rohit Sharma who had a brilliant 2017. The vice-captain of India was trusted into the Test squad ahead of the more technically correct batsman overseas, Ajinkya Rahane.
However, Rohit failed to deliver the goods to the whites and transferred his form in coloured clothing as well, which was considered his stronger suit.
An innings of substance was the need of the hour for Rohit, as he took the guard at Port Elizabeth. Yet again, it was his nemesis on tour, Kagiso Rabada, with the new ball.
However, this time around, Rohit Sharma chose to fight fire with fire as he smashed Rabada out of the St. George’s park. Rohit Sharma also brought up his maiden half-century on tour and is currently looking good for a big one.
India- 126/1 in 21.4 overs; Rohit 61(64), Virat 25(43)