One of the finest opening batsmen around the globe is Rohit Sharma. This flamboyant cricketer is currently the opening batsman in all three formats for India. Earlier, he used to enter the arena in the middle-order and later on grew dramatically to grab the chance to find a permanent spot in the squad. His way of cricketing changed once he evolved as an opener for team India and he has been consistent over these years.
An interesting anecdote about Rohit Sharma was revealed by India’s well-known wicketkeeper, Dinesh Karthik. The first-ever International half century by Rohit was using Dinesh Karthik’s bat. In the World Cup 2019 at England and Wales, Dinesh Karthik was exhibiting his best. Also, he made a commentary debut in the test series against India and England.
Down the memory lane, Dinesh recalls the incident which happened during the World Cup T20 in 2007. After losing his wicket in the very first ball of Shaun Pollock in a match against South Africa, Dinesh was unhappy about his bat. Next in line was young Rohit who took Karthik’s bat into the field and astonished everyone with an unbelievable 50 in just 40 runs which included 7 boundaries and 2 sixes.
Karthik Expresses How Things Meant to Him
Along with the captain cool, Rohit Sharma built a constructive partnership of 85 runs. MS Dhoni had scored 45 runs in 33 balls before his run out. Karthik was elated that Rohit took his maiden half century with his bat.
“His first-ever international fifty was with my bat. I am very proud of that. Yeah, I was batting with it, I told Rohit, ‘What a s***bat’ and he said, ‘What? You think this bat is not good enough? Give it to me,” Dinesh was remembering his best moments while having a chat with Gaurav Kapoor on the famous show, Breakfast with Champions.
“So I gave it to him. That day he just walked in straight with the bat in South Africa during the World Cup and he played amazing innings.
No credit to my bat, obviously the batsman but still I remember all those kinds of things and these kinds of things mean a lot to me,” the wicketkeeper added.
Game-Changing Maiden Fifty by Rohit
Rohit’s fifty was a turning point in the game as the team India could come up with a decent total of 153 in the scoreboard. This veteran player changed the game’s perception as the team was in a pathetic state losing 4 wickets for 61 runs.
At the end of 20 overs, the opponents scored 116/9. Rohit was awarded the player of the match and India won that game which paved them to win the World Cup T20 in the year 2007.