Rohit Sharma was the toast of the Indian team after powering them to a seven-wicket win and clinch the Twenty20 series against England at the County Ground, Bristol, on Sunday. His match-winning unbeaten 100, making India’s chase of England’s total of 198 for nine, a cakewalk. It was Rohit Sharma’s third hundred in T20Is, the same as New Zealand’s Colin Munro.
He whacked 11 boundaries and five monstrous sixes during his blistering knock. In the due course of his emphatic inning, ‘Hitman’ also shattered several records. Rohit became the second Indian, next only to Virat Kohli, and the fifth batsmen overall to score more than 2000 runs in T20 Internationals.
The 31-year-old Rohit Sharma now has five T20 hundreds, most by any Asian batsmen. Jamaican opener Chris Gayle leads the chart with 21 centuries.
The other star of the day for India was all-rounder Hardik Pandya who picked up four wickets to prevent England from running up a bigger score after a strong start by the home team openers.
“Pandya is a fearless individual and that’s what the team wants him to do,” said Rohit.
India skipper Virat Kohli was also all praise for Pandya. “I think the comeback from the bowlers was outstanding, we thought they would get 225-230.”