In a formulaic brand of cricket, the captaincy is just about getting every fraction of tactics spot on. Rohit Sharma fared well and pressed a claim for higher things despite failing to put on a show with the bat. Under the astute captaincy of Rohit Sharma, India have pulled off their biggest ever T20I win, a feat which even the likes of MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli couldn’t do it.
When India’s equation read 101/2 in 12.4 overs, the unexpected smart move saw Rohit Sharma promoting MS Dhoni in at the coveted No.4 slot. MS Dhoni who looked solid at the crease translated his confidence into crunchy innings that helped India snap up quick runs further down the pecking order.
The greatest connoisseur stitched a 68-run partnership alongside Manish Pandey for the fourth wicket in what was a promising foundation that piloted India to post a 180/3 in 20 overs. India successfully defended the total as they bowled Sri Lanka out for the second-lowest total in T20Is that read 87.
Thanks to Chahal’s gentle rustle of spin sent jitters down the Lankans’ spine as he picked 4 wickets to earn the man of the match award. After a satisfactory 22-ball 39 with a flurry of 4 fours and a whopping six to conclude India’s innings, MS Dhoni also continued a foray behind the stumps effecting 4 dismissals.
MS Dhoni surpassed AB de Villiers’ record of 72 dismissals to hold 74 overall in T20Is which is the highest by any wicketkeeper in the shortest format. Sri Lankan bowlers clearly seemed like a mass of bruises after they had got the beating by the Indians which pretty much sums up how a dominant force can crack any task.
However, there are plenty of things in store for the fans to look forward to in the second T20I as India play Sri Lanka tomorrow at Holkar Stadium, Indore. Twitterati took time to praise Rohit Sharma’s captaincy for sending MS Dhoni to slot in at No.4.