Rohit Sharma is hitting the white Cricket ball cleaner than anybody else in the world at the moment.
The right handed opener displayed his repertoire of shots yet again in Dhaka yesterday as he scored superb 80 runs for India against the hosts Bangladesh in the first game of the Asia Cup.
It was a really smart knock by Rohit. He was patient early on when the going was tough on a grassy wicket, but, he launched himself on the opposition when the right time arrived and took the game apart.
He also seemed to have picked his bowlers whom he wanted to attack.
Against the likes of Mustafizur and Mortaza, he was willing to be within himself, but, as Taskin came into the attack for his second spell and offered a bit of room, he opened his shoulders and cashed on.
Later on though, he went after Mustafizur and other bowlers too as the dew factor had come in and the ball had stopped fizzing around.
Rohit could actually have got the second twenty 20 ton of his career, but, in the last 10-15 deliveries of the Indian innings, he could not get as much of strike as he should have and in the 20th over, when the strike eventually came to him, he scooped one in the air to be caught at deep wicket.
However, he had almost put the game in India’s bag by that time.
MS Dhoni, thereafter, smashed his mandatory six off the last ball to take India to 166 which was well beyond par on that track.
Chasing the target, Bangladesh couldn’t get the solid base that they needed to tee off and they were always behind the rate they should be at.
Shabbir Rahman was the only man with some resilience, but, his effort was not sufficient to spice up the game.
India had it pretty easy at the end.
The men in blue now face Pakistan on Saturday.