India vs Pakistan, Champions Trophy 2017: Rohit Sharma’s heroic return leaves opposition rattled

first_imgRohit Sharma fell agonisingly short of his 11th hundred but not before his 91 had put India firmly in the driver’s seat in their Champions Trophy 2017 encounter against arch-rivals Pakistan at Edgbaston on Sunday.The 30-year-old Mumbai batsman had last played for India on October 29 against New Zealand in Vizag. The only competitive form of cricket Rohit played before flying to England was the IPL, where he managed only 333 runs from 17 games.However, the stylish opener was ready for the big occasion and thrust into the deep in a high-profile clash, Rohit pulled off some stunning shots to spread panic in the Pakistani camp.Pakistan do not have had a flattering record against India over the last five years. A young, inexperienced bowling line-up would have been banking on the fact that Rohit might be a little  rusty, having been away from international cricket for such a long time.But they were in for a surprise as Rohit walked in, saw and conquered with some stunning drives, well-timed pulls and clever glides. (India vs Pakistan, Champions Trophy 2017: Yuvraj Singh savours “sweet feeling” after hammering 32-ball 53)The Pakistani fielding, never the greatest to begin with, turned into a comedy of errors. However, it was a sharp pick up and throw from Babar Azam finally ended Rohit’s stay at the crease for 91 after persistent rain forced the match to be reduced to 48-overs-a-side.Rohit also ensured Pakistan failed to dig deep into the Indian line-up. With rain forecast for most of the day, losing wickets would have hurt the defending champions if Duckworth-Lewis cane into play. (India vs Pakistan, Champions Trophy 2017: Celebrities at Edgbaston for high-octane clash)advertisementPakistan, aware of India’s strength in the middle-order, were left dismayed by Rohit’s masterclass at the top. He frustrated them and left them in shock and awe.Later in the innings, Virat Kohli and Yuvraj Singh opened up to take full advantage of a Rohit Sharma gem as Pakistan stared at a challenging total in challenging conditions.last_img