India’s captain Rohit Sharma has been a key contributor with the bat in the 2023 ODI World Cup, providing explosive starts for the team. His role will be pivotal once more as India takes on New Zealand in the first semi-final of the 2023 World Cup.
As the tournament enters the knockout stage, Rohit Sharma ranks fourth in the run-scoring charts. With 503 runs in nine innings, he boasts an average of 55.89 and an impressive strike rate of 121.50.
In the 2023 World Cup, the 36-year-old has registered one century and three half-centuries. Rohit Sharma kicked off the tournament with a zero against Australia in Chennai.
He swiftly rebounded with a noteworthy 131 against Afghanistan in Delhi and 86 against Pakistan in Ahmedabad. He played a crucial role, scoring 87 against England in Lucknow on a challenging surface and adding 61 versus Netherlands in Bengaluru.
Rohit Sharma’s record in ODI World Cup semi-finals is not remarkable
Rohit Sharma missed the 2011 World Cup but played in the 2015 and 2019 semi-finals for India. He had a promising start in the 2015 World Cup semi-final against Australia, scoring 34 off 48 balls.
However, he was dismissed by Mitchell Johnson with a delivery that nipped back and hit the stumps. India, chasing 329, were eventually bowled out for 233, losing the match by 95 runs.
Despite having a remarkable campaign in the 2019 World Cup with five centuries, Rohit Sharma faced a setback in the semi-final against New Zealand.
He was dismissed for just one run off four balls, getting caught playing at a delivery outside off stump from Matt Henry. India struggled at 5/3 while chasing 240 and eventually lost the match by 18 runs.
Rohit Sharma’s performance in the semi-finals of the ICC Champions Trophy includes scoring 33 against Sri Lanka in Cardiff during the 2013 edition.
In the 2017 semi-final against Bangladesh in Birmingham, he played a stellar innings of 123* off 129 balls, leading India to a comprehensive nine-wicket victory by chasing down a target of 265 in 40.1 overs.