Rohit Sharma has been a part of the Indian team for 12 years and through these years he has constantly evolved into a better batsman. He made his debut for team blue back in 2007 against Ireland. Today was a special moment for the hitman as the blues played the 4th ODI of Ind vs NZ ODI series, but it didn’t go as planned.
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Record for Rohit
Today was a particularly special day for Sharma for two reasons:
The first reason being that the 4th ODI between India and New Zealand at Hamilton marked the 200th appearance for the opening batsman in ODI cricket. This is no small feat as only a handful of other batsmen have entered into this elite club.
79 international players have made an entry into this 200 ODI group with 14 of them being Indian. Sharma is now also included in the list.
Sachin Tendulkar is on the top of this list as he has played 463 ODI matches for India.
The second reason which made the day special for Sharma was that he was leading his side in the 4th ODI in the absence of Virat Kohli. The responsibility was double as it is hard for anyone to fit into the shoes of Kohli and unfortunately, Sharma failed to cash this opportunity.
India all out on 92
The opening pair of Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma was highly successful in the recent matches against the Kiwis but today they failed to hit the right chord. Dhawan was dismissed by Boult in the sixth over and soon after which captain Rohit Sharma was also caught out in the eighth over.
India did not get the dream start they expected as they were reduced to 23/2 in the initial overs. Shubman Gill, Dinesh Kartik and the whole of the middle order stumbled badly after that and kept on losing their wickets. As a result, half of the team was gone for 33!
Hardik Pandya’s short stint against Boult helped India recover a bit as he hit Boult for 3 boundaries but was later strangled by the same bowler.
The tail-enders could hardly provide any resistance to the Boult storm after that.
Boult’s 5-wicket haul
This was the first match in the five-match series that black caps were able to show some form of excellence. Boult took 5 crucial wickets in the match making it quite easy for the Kiwis to win the first match of the series.
The 5 wicket haul allowed him to level with Richard Hadlee for the most by a New Zealand bowler. He also had four maidens on the day.
Questions over Rohit’s leadership?
This sudden shift of performance raises questions over Sharma’s captaincy. A team who could even chase down 300 in the toughest situations was simply bowled out for 92.
Clearly, something was missing today, was it just Virat Kohli? BCCI needs to ponder.
The 5th and last match of the series between India and New Zealand will be played on 3rd February.