While Virat Kohli, the Indian middle-order maestro, leads the tournament’s scoring charts, it’s the team’s captain, Rohit Sharma, who has been instrumental in India’s successful journey to the semi-finals. His significant impact is evident in his fourth position on the run-scorer list.
With a strike rate of 121.49, Rohit has amassed 503 runs, setting a formidable pace for India at the top of the order and consistently providing his team with a solid start.
Let’s delve into his performance during the group stage.
Unimpressive Start Against Australia
Rohit’s World Cup campaign began on a low note, with him getting out for a duck in the opening match against Australia. However, his performance only improved from there.
Historic Century Against Afghanistan
Rohit’s spectacular form was on full display when he smashed a record-breaking 131 runs off just 84 balls against Afghanistan. His exceptional innings made the chase of 273 seem effortless.
Commanding Performance Against Pakistan
With a target of just 192 against Pakistan, Rohit took charge from the start, scoring 86 runs off 63 balls, including six maximums. His aggressive approach remained undeterred despite the early loss of Shubman Gill and Virat Kohli.
Quickfire Start Against Bangladesh
Once again, Rohit provided a swift start to India’s run chase, scoring 48 runs off just 40 balls against Bangladesh.
Aggressive Innings Against New Zealand
Rohit continued his aggressive approach against New Zealand, scoring 46 runs off 40 balls, including four sixes, easing the pressure on the middle order.
Player of the Match Against England
Rohit’s 87 runs off 101 balls on a challenging pitch against England earned him the Player of the Match award. His innings helped India set a target that was beyond England’s reach, especially after a shaky start of 40/3 after 12 overs.
Unexpected Failure Against Sri Lanka
Rohit experienced a rare failure against Sri Lanka, getting bowled out on the second ball by Dilshan Madushanka.
Statement Performance Against South Africa
Rohit made a strong statement against South Africa, scoring 40 runs off just 24 balls. His quickfire start allowed Kohli and Shreyas Iyer to score at a slower pace, setting a total well over 300.
Steady Innings Against Netherlands
Rohit’s steady 61 runs off 54 balls against the Netherlands was a surprise only because it ended. He played a supporting role as Shubman scored a quick 51 off 32 balls.
With the first semi-final against New Zealand scheduled for Wednesday in Mumbai, Rohit and his team are gearing up for a rematch of the World Cup final from four years ago.