‘Phenomenal captaincy masterclass in a do-or-die game’ – Twitterati baffled after Rohit Sharma doesn’t open against New Zealand
Ishan Kishan and KL Rahul came out to open the batting.
Updated - Oct 31, 2021 8:13 pm
Rohit Sharma, to the surprise of many, didn’t come out to open in India’s match against New Zealand in the T20 World Cup 2021. The right-hander has been a fulcrum of the Men in Blue’s batting lineup, having plied his trade as an opener on a regular basis since 2013. The Champions Trophy in the same year turned his career around after he flattered to deceive in the middle order for India.
He has notched four T20I tons while opening the batting for India. Since the year 2019, Rohit has also shown that he can perform well as an opener even in Test cricket. On Sunday, October 24, it was the pair of KL Rahul and Ishan Kishan that came out to bat against the Black Caps in India’s Super 12 match at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.
Rohit Sharma bats at No.3
The pair, however, didn’t succeed as Trent Boult got rid of Kishan in the third over of the contest after the Kiwis opted to field first. Kishan whipped the ball away on the leg side only to find Daryl Mitchell, who was at square leg. Rohit, meanwhile, came to bat at No.3 and got a lifeline right away. Rohit went for his trademark hook shot, which has fetched him so many runs at the highest level.
Boult dug the ball short and Rohit failed to time the hook properly. However, Adam Milne made a meal of a rather simple catch. It was the first ball that Sharma faced and he would have fetched back-to-back ducks had he got out. But the rub of the green went his way and he survived. Rohit was a tad circumspect as he dealt in singles in the next over he faced off Mitchell Santner
Rohit had a torrid time in the game against Pakistan, led by Babar Azam, at the same venue. He bagged a duck after a rip-snorter from Shaheen Shah Afridi pinned him in front. India could never recover from the early jolt and lost by 10 wickets. In the meantime, Twitterati were a tad baffled after Rohit didn’t come out to open the batting despite his stupendous numbers as an opener.
Here’s how the netizens reacted
@ImRo45 not opening is a crime
— Abhinay Laghate🇮🇳 (@abhinaylaghate) October 31, 2021
— Krunal Panchal (@KrunalTweeets) October 31, 2021
— Praveen Arya (@The_PraveenArya) October 31, 2021
Oh god. Rohit Sharma 😱
— Ankur Lahoty, IIS (@Ankur_IIS) October 31, 2021
— Cricket Memes (@CricMeZia) October 31, 2021
— Vasu Jain 🇮🇳 (@vasu_1001) October 31, 2021
— B E L L A 💬 (@iamikramblogger) October 31, 2021
Rohit Sharma not opening.. 😞🚶#INDvsNZ
— Scarlet Speedster (@ScarletSpeeds16) October 31, 2021
This is only the third time since 2013 that Rohit Sharma is not opening in T20
— All About Cricket (@allaboutcric_) October 31, 2021
— Budwiser (@siddharth_says) October 31, 2021
Rohit not opening seriously. @ImRo45 .
— Harshit Parsai (@harshitparsai97) October 31, 2021
Rohit Sharma playing a T20 match and not opening. All hail this phenomenal captaincy masterclass in a do-or-die World Cup game 🤡
— Ripper (@Ace_Of_Pace) October 31, 2021
Rohit Sharma is in team and not opening is big turn off 😪#RohitSharma
— Rohit M. (@rohitRBM) October 31, 2021
— 👁️ (@darkhorse786_) October 31, 2021
Surprise surprise Rohit Sharma not opening.🤞
— Maneesh K. (@ManeeshKandpal) October 31, 2021