Rohit Sharma: ‘Even I did not expect to hit like that, it just came off’

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Rohit’s
unbeaten
46
off
20
balls
helped
India
chase
a
massive
91-run
target
to
level
the
series
1-1
in
the
second
T20I
at
the
Vidarbha
Cricket
Association
(VCA)
Stadium
in
Nagpur.

“I
was
quite
surprised
as
well
actually.
Didn’t
expect
to
hit
it
like
that,
glad
it
came
off.
For
the
last
8-9
months
I
have
been
playing
like
that.
You
can’t
really
plan
too
much
in
such
a
shortened
game,”
Rohit
Sharma
said
in
a
post-match
presentation.

Praising
the
bowlers
who
gave
an
early
blow
to
the
Australia
team
in
rain-curtailed
eight
over
match,
Rohit
said
that
making
a
comeback
after
a
back
injury
was
tricky
for
Harshal
Patel.

“The
bowlers
had
something
to
bowl
to
and
we
bowled
well.
The
dew
started
coming
in
later,
which
is
why
we
saw
a
few
full
tosses
from
Harshal.

“Coming
back
after
a
couple
of
months,
the
back
injury
can
be
tricky.
I
am
not
going
to
talk
too
much
about
how
he
bowled.
Got
us
the
crucial
wicket.

“As
a
team,
we
are
not
going
to
analyse
too
much.
Just
want
him
to
come
and
enjoy
it.
Axar
can
bowl
in
any
stage,
gives
me
an
advantage
of
using
the
other
bowlers
in
different
situations
too

maybe
use
the
pacers
in
the
middle
overs
if
he
bowls
in
the
power
play.
I
would
like
to
see
his
batting
as
well,”
he
added.

He
praised
Dinesh
Karthik
-who
is
famous
for
being
the
finisher-
packed
the
game
in
the
last
over
with
a
six
and
four.

“Glad
DK
could
finish
well.
Been
a
while
since
he
had
some
time
in
the
middle.
There
was
this
thought
if
we
should
get
Rishabh
in
but
I
thought
Sams
is
going
to
bowl
offcutters,
so
I
thought
let
DK
come
in
and
he
is
playing
that
role
anyway
for
us.

The
groundsmen
have
been
here
since
1.30
pm
to
get
the
outfield
ready,”
he
further
added.

Talking
about
the
match,
chasing
a
gigantic
91-run
target
India
needed
a
flying
start
as
skipper
Rohit
led
from
the
front
to
take
the
attack
to
the
opposition
scoring
20
runs
in
the
opening
over
with
the
captain
hitting
two
sixes
and
his
fellow
opener
KL
Rahul
hitting
one
six
over
midwicket
off
Josh
Hazlewood.

The
India
skipper
looked
unstoppable
hitting
10
runs
to
Pat
Cummins
in
the
second
over
of
India’s
innings.

Earlier
in
the
day,
put
into
bat
Australia
in
an
eight
overs
per
side
match
visitors
got
off
to
a
decent
start
scoring
10
runs
off
the
first
over.

Axar
Patel
was
introduced
into
the
attack
in
the
second
over
of
the
match
and
in
his
over
India
got
the
breakthrough
as
Virat
Kohli
ran
out
opener
Cameron
Green.
Just
two
balls
later
left-arm
spinner
got
the
prized
scalp
of
dangerous
Glenn
Maxwell
for
a
golden
duck.

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