Rohit Sharma has been all over the headiness recently after his impressive Asia Cup triumph. However, the Indian opener was in the news for the wrong reasons after he took a controversial catch during Mumbai's semi-final clash with Hyderabad in the ongoing 2018 Vijay Hazare Trophy.
The incident occurred in the 19th over of Hyderabad's innings, where Rohit Sharma was fielding at first slip. The Hyderabad batsman Bavanaka Sandeep had attempted to play a cut-shot off Shams Mulani's delivery, but the ball, unfortunately, landed in the hands of Rohit Sharma present in the slip-cordon.
The batsman looked in disbelief as it looked like the ball had touched the ground before reaching Rohit Sharma's hands. However, the Indian Hitman was convinced that the ball had made no contact with the ground as he celebrated the dismissal.
The on-field umpires were also unsure and decided to refer the decision to the third umpire. However, even after repeatedly examining the footage of the incident, the TV umpire failed to find any wrong-doing and the frustrated batsman walked back to the pavilion scoring 29 runs off 33 deliveries.
However, Rohit Sharma has been no stranger to bizarre news. He was recently barged at by a spectator during the Vijay Hazare Trophy quarterfinal match between Mumbai and Bihar. During the course of his innings, a fan suddenly popped out of the blue and touched Rohit Sharma's feet. The right-handed batsman looked least pleased by the gesture as the fan even tried to plant a kiss on him.
As far as the semi-final clash was concerned, the controversial catch proved to be a major setback for Hyderabad as their batting line-up crumbled, post that incident. Skipper Ambati Rayudu failed to make an impact as he managed to score a paltry 11 runs off 17 balls, before being caught by Ajinkya Rahane off Royston Dias' delivery. However, Rohit Rayudu was the savior for Hyderabad as he scored a magnificent 121 runs off 132 balls which helped them post a challenging total of 246 runs.
In reply, Rohit Sharma and Prithvi Shaw put up an exhibition of their batting prowess as they stitched together a 73-run partnership for the first wicket. After their dismissals, Shreyas Iyer and Ajinkya Rahane steered the ship for Mumbai putting them in a comfortable position, before rain stopped play. Eventually, Mumbai were declared winners via the VJD method.