Rohit Sharma played a spectacular knock against Pakistan, scoring 140 of 113, putting himself in close contention with Aaron Finch, the leading run scorer in the tournament. The shots played by Rohit in the match were classy shots, taken right from the book. The opener enjoyed a 100 run plus stand with KL Rahul, guiding India to an unbeaten 336.
ICC took to Twitter to share a video of cricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar and Rohit Sharma playing a shot that looked very similar to each other. Tendulkar played the iconic uppercut in the World Cup in 2003 against Pakistan where he hit the ball for a six off Pakistan's Shoaib Akhtar who bowled at a speed of 150 km per hour. Rohit Sharma played the same shot against Hasan Ali, although at a lower speed, yet repeating the same iconic uppercut, making the ball land beyond the boundary. The video was retweeted by Sachin Tendulkar, with a caption that said both of them belonged to India and Mumbai in particular and heads he wins and tails Rohit loses. Here's the tweet from the master blaster.
Sachin played the shot when India was at 13 for none, at a time when Shoaib Akhtar was in his prime and in top form. The match was played at the SuperSport Park, Centurion in South Africa. Tendulkar made consecutive 100s in the tournament against Pakistan. Sixteen years later, Rohit Sharma recreated the same shot off Hasan Ali, as he made an unbeaten 140 runs at Old Trafford, Manchester.
Netizens were filled with joy to see Rohit Sharma revisit the exact same shot as Sachin Tendulkar did. Here are some of the reactions on Twitter:
Some fans, however, were quick to point out that while Sachin played the shot at 150 km per hour, demoralizing the entire Pakistani team with the shot, Rohit Sharma did it off Hasan Ali who bowled at 138 km per hour, thus both of them couldn't be compared. Here are some of the reactions:
Majority of the fans, however, agreed that both of them were extremely skillful batsmen who could tear the opposition apart with their stroke play. The 'Hitman' will look to carry his good form forward as they meet Afghanistan for their next clash on June 22 at the Rose Bowl stadium in Southampton.