Twitter unhappy with Rohit Sharma's failure against Hong Kong

Twitter unhappy with Rohit Sharma’s failure against Hong Kong

Rohit missed out on an opportunity to score big.

Rohit Sharma dismissal
Rohit Sharma. (Photo Source: Twitter)

India’s Asia Cup campaign finally got underway against Hong Kong today as they are being tipped as the overwhelming favourites in the game. Their luck at the toss though and the opposition invited Team India to bat first in the scorching heat. It goes without saying that the fans will be hoping for the batsmen to post a huge total on the board and get warmed up ahead of the marquee clash against Pakistan. But the skipper Rohit Sharma missed out on an opportunity and was dismissed only on 23 by Ehsan Khan.

The duo of Rohit and Shikhar Dhawan provided India with a quick-fire start and the new-ball bowlers didn’t trouble them even a bit. The first seven overs saw them score 45 runs and it was clear by then that it will be a long outing for Hong Kong. Their captain Anshuman Rath decided to bring their most effective bowler Ehsan Khan into the attack early in the eighth over and it reaped rich rewards straight away.

Rohit’s irresponsible stroke

Meanwhile, Rohit Sharma was looking in good touch and had played a couple of lofted shots as well. He didn’t look rusty in his approach and raced away to 23 only in 21 balls. But there was a sudden rush in his blood and stepped out of his crease to launch Ehsan out of the ground. In the process, the bat turned in his hand and could only top edge the delivery for the mid-on fielder to catch it easily.

It was a tame end to what looked like a flourishing knock to start his Asia Cup. Such a shot was uncalled for at that stage and he should’ve targetted any other bowler. Ehsan has been one of the best bowlers for Hong Kong. He scalped the wickets of Fakhar Zaman and Babar Azam in the last game as well and was also key for his team in the qualifying tournament.

Twitter was livid with Rohit playing an irresponsible shot and lashed out at him for the same. Ambati Rayudu and Shikhar Dhawan have played sensibly since then and made sure that they don’t give up a good start.

Here’s how Twitter reacted to Rohit’s dismissal:

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