Wanted to hit 6 sixes in Mosaddek's over, says Rohit Sharma

YB WEB DESK. Dated: 11/9/2019 11:38:21 AM


Rajkot, Nov 8 India's stand-in captain Rohit Sharma said he wanted to go for 6 sixes in off-spinner Mosaddek's over after hitting him out of the park for 3 successive times in the 2nd T20I against Bangladesh on Thursday. Rohit Sharma was on a six-hitting spree as he took the Bangladesh bowling attack to the cleaners in India's chase of 154 at Rajkot. Rohit top-scored with 85 off just 43 balls as Inda gunned down the target in just 15.4 overs and level the 3-match T20I series. Rohit Sharma stepped on the top gear from the word go as India posted more than 60 runs in the powerplay. Rohit stitched a 118-run opening stand with Shikhar Dhawan but he was the dominant partner throughout. Notably, Bangladesh allrounder Mosaddek Hossain was greeted with three successive sixes when he came on to bowl the 10th over of India's chase. Rohit went for the maximum in the 4th delivery as well but he didn't connect the ball as well as he did in the previous 3 occasions. Mosaddek bowled only 1 over on Thursday as the off-spinner was smashed for 21 runs by Rohit Sharma in the 10th over that sealed the deal for India. Speaking to Yuzvendra Chahal on 'Chahal TV' after India's 8-wicket win, Rohit Sharma said he wanted to go for 6 sixes in the over. "When I hit three consecutive sixes, I tried to go for six maximums. But when I missed the fourth one, I decided I will take singles. The off-spinner was bowling and I knew there's wasn't much turn. So I was waiting at the crease and trying to hit them," Rohit Sharma said. Notably, South Africa's former opener Herschelle Gibbs is the only batsman to have scored 6 sixes in an over in ODI cricket. Rohit's former India teammate Yuvraj Singh achieved the feat at the T20 World Cup in 2007. Meanwhile, Rohit Sharma also said hitting sixes is more about timing and precision than power and big muscles. Rohit broke an array of records during his six-hitting spree in Rajkot. Rohit smashed 85, which included 6 sixes and as many boundaries. Rohit Sharma now holds the record for most sixes by an India captain in T20I cricket. With 37 sixes in just 17 innings, Rohit went past MS Dhoni's tally of 34 (62 innings). Virat Kohli is third on the list with 26 sixes (26 innings). "You don't need a huge body and muscles to hit big sixes. Even you (Chahal) can hit sixes. Power is not the only thing you need to hit sixes, you need timing as well. The ball should hit the middle of the bat and your head should be still. When you're playing on a good wicket, if you keep these things in mind, sixes can be easily hit," Rohit Sharma added. Rohit conceded he was a bit disappointed after having missed out on his 5th T20I hundred. Rohit was caught in the deep on 85 when he tried to clear the ropes for the 7th time in the Rajkot T20I. "A good start was important for the team and one batsman playing a long innings was also important. We have seen often that if a batsman plays long innings, the team wins, more often than not. I was a bit disappointed to get out at the wrong time. However, I am very happy about the team's performance because we were under a bit of pressure ahead of the Rajkot match.

 

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