MELBOURNE: Rohit Sharma simply shook his head and smiled when asked to put Virat Kohli’s incredible knock into perspective. “He used his experience more than anything else today and stayed calm under pressure. We know how good he is when there is a score in front of him. He is one of the best drivers in the world,” Rohit said.
Asked if it was the best he had seen in a T20 match, Rohit nod. “His best for sure, but I think from the situation we were in, to come out with a win, I think it has to be one of India’s best knocks. Until the 13th over, we were so behind the game, and the required rate was just going up and up.
“To come out and chase that score was an absolutely brilliant effort from Virat and of course Hardik Pandya also played a role there. These guys have played so many games under pressure, they know exactly how to handle that situation. Their partnership was a game-changing moment.”
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Importantly, Rohit has refused to accept that Virat has been in some sort of indifferent form over the past few years. “I honestly don’t think he’s struggled or anything. He’s batted as well as he’s been, but with him the expectation is so high that even if he gets a good 30 or 40, people tend to talk about it (the lack).of runs).
“From the team management’s perspective, I thought he was in a good space right from the Asia Cup, where he had a month off. He was fresh … We know the quality he has. He has done so well in these types of conditions in all forms.”
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On 31/4, did Rohit believe that the day would turn out in his favour? “Those two sixes Harris Rauf, I think that was the turning point. This is where the game actually came to us a bit as we knew there was one over of spin bowling left (from Mohammad Nawaz).
“Inside the dressing room, we thought if we could hold on to 15-18 in the last over, that guy was going to be under pressure to bowl.”