Team India are currently in Australia for the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup 2022, starting on October 22. After a disappointing outing in the last T20 mega event held in UAE, Rohit Sharma will be leading the side and hoping to end 15 years of wait for a major ICC title.
Rohit Sharma is one of the best T20 batters in the world who has all shots after facing few deliveries and keeping pressure on opposition bowlers. He has played all the T20 World Cups since the inaugural edition in 2007. The explosive right-handed batter is the leading run-getter for India in the prestigious tournament with 847 runs from 30 innings.
All the cricket fans hope to see his best while opening the innings on good batting pitches in Australia. India are clubbed with Pakistan, South Africa, Bangladesh, and two more teams from the qualifying round. Rohit Sharma has played some brilliant knocks for Team India in T20 World Cup history since 2007. The Indian team would be hoping to see fireworks during the upcoming edition.
Here we look at the top 3 knocks by Rohit Sharma in T20 World Cup history.
#1 79* against Australia in 2010
Rohit Sharma posted his highest T20 World Cup score against Australia at Bridgetown in Barbados on May 07, 2010. The Australian team posted a competitive total of 184/5 thanks to a great opening partnership between David Warner and Shane Watson putting on 104 runs.
In reply, Rohit Sharma came at the fall of Gautam Gambhir‘s wicket with the scoreboard reading 12/2. The right-handed batter looked class apart as other Indian batters struggled against Australian bowling.
He showed intent right from word go and completed fifty off 33 balls. After reaching the milestone, Rohit displayed great hitting remaining not out on 79 from 46 balls with four fours and six maximums with a strike rate of 171.73 balls. Despite his brilliant knock, India lost the match by 49 runs.
#2 50* against South Africa in 2007
India were in a must-win situation to qualify for the semi-finals stage against South Africa in the first edition of the T20 World Cup played in Kingsmead.
MS Dhoni won the toss and decided to bat first. Rohit Sharma came at the crease with the Indian team struggling at 33/3 in the sixth over. Uthappa also fell to leave the Indian team in some trouble.
Rohit steadied the ship along with captain Dhoni, keeping the scoreboard ticking along with occasional boundaries. Sharma completed his half-century off 40 balls and rescued the Indian innings to a competitive total of 153 for 5 in 20 overs.
Rohit and MS Dhoni added 85 runs for the fifth wicket. The Indian bowlers restricted South Africa to 116 for 9 knocking them out of the tournament. For his unbeaten 50 off 40 balls, Rohit Sharma was named the Player of the match award.
#3 30 against Pakistan in 2007
Rohit Sharma produced another vital knock in the 2007 World T20 final against arch-rivals Pakistan played at Johannesburg. India looked in decent shape with a superb partnership between Yuvraj Singh and Gambhir after the loss of two early wickets.
Rohit came at the crease with the scoreboard reading 111 for 4 in the 16th over. The Mumbai Indians (MI) skipper took singles and doubles initially before hitting important runs.
He made an unbeaten 30 off 16 balls with 2 boundaries and 1 six to help Team India post 153 for 5 in 20 overs. The match went right down the wire as the Indian team won the match by just 5 runs.