Team India’s captain, Rohit Sharma, has been in excellent batting form during the ongoing 2023 ODI World Cup. He’s displayed aggressive batting at the beginning of the innings, accumulating 311 runs in five innings with an impressive average of 62.20 and a superb strike rate of 133.48.
Rohit’s tournament started with disappointment when he was dismissed lbw for a duck in India’s opening match against Australia in Chennai. However, he quickly bounced back, delivering an outstanding performance by scoring 131 runs off 84 balls against Afghanistan in Chennai.
He also played a significant role in the match against Pakistan in Ahmedabad, contributing 86 runs from 63 balls. In subsequent matches, he achieved scores of 48 and 46 against Bangladesh and New Zealand, respectively.
Rohit Sharma has scored 637 runs in 19 ODIs against England at an average of 45.50, including two centuries. His first century against England came in July 2018 when he made an unbeaten 137* off 114 balls in Nottingham as India chased down 269 runs with eight wickets in hand.
Rohit Sharma’s notable performances in ODIs against England also encompass a century, with a score of 102 off 109 balls in Birmingham during the 2019 World Cup. Unfortunately, this impressive innings was in vain as Team India fell short while chasing a target of 338.
Other noteworthy ODI innings by the stylish right-handed batsman against England consist of an 83 in Mohali (January 2013), 52 in Cardiff (August 2014), and an unbeaten 76* at The Oval in July 2022.
Rohit’s performance against England in the ODI World Cup
In the ODI World Cup, Rohit Sharma has participated in just one match against England. This occurred during the 2019 tournament, specifically in match number 38, which took place in Birmingham.
Rohit’s batting performance in this match was notable as he scored 102 runs from 109 balls. Team India was tasked with chasing a target of 338 runs in this game, but they concluded their innings at 306 for the loss of five wickets after 50 overs.
During his 152-minute stay at the crease, Rohit played some elegant shots, hitting 15 fours before eventually getting caught behind off Chris Woakes’ delivery. While Kohli contributed 66 runs, and both Hardik Pandya and MS Dhoni added scores in the forties, India couldn’t reach England’s total, resulting in a 31-run defeat.
The Player of the Match award went to England’s opener, Jonny Bairstow, for his impressive performance, where he scored 111 runs from 109 balls. Additionally, Jason Roy contributed 66 runs, and Ben Stokes made a valuable 79 runs during the match.