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Ind vs SL – Asia Cup last – Rohit Sharma need gamers to face up in huge moments – ‘lot of fellows stood up’

“Arre! World Cup jeetne ke baad phodo, yaar.” (“Burst these firecrackers after successful the World Cup!”)

The sound of firecrackers boomed by way of the partitions as Rohit Sharma sat patiently for his post-match press convention, sporting a smile that seldom left his face for a lot of Sunday’s brief Asia Cup last that culminated in India successful their first multi-nation match since September 2018.

That match occurred to be the Asia Cup, too, in Dubai, the place Rohit had been standing in for a rested Virat Kohli. This one, although, was totally different, not least as a result of the following few months might outline Rohit’s captaincy legacy.

India had various niggling questions main into the match. Not like in 2018, when MS Dhoni was the entire and soul behind the stumps, India did not fairly know who their first-choice wicketkeeper was till every week earlier than the match with doubts nonetheless hovering over KL Rahul’s health. Then, he picked up a “totally different niggle” to the one he was in rehab for, and India needed to hand the gloves to Ishan Kishan for the primary two video games. In addition they had one other headache to resolve when Shreyas Iyer, additionally on his approach again from a protracted harm break following again surgical procedure, pulled up with again spasms.

Who is aware of how issues would have panned out had Iyer, India’s designated No. 4, not picked up that niggle. However now, in got here Rahul in his spot, actually 5 minutes earlier than toss time, and he left his imprint instantly with a fantastically constructed 111 off 106. His unbroken 233-run stand with Virat Kohli despatched Pakistan tumbling to one among their heaviest defeats. It was storylines akin to these that happy Rohit essentially the most as he mirrored on India’s Asia Cup marketing campaign.

Shashank Kishore is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo



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