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April 17, 2018 Rohit Sharma News
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Sharma was named Man of the Match after top-scoring with 94 off 52 including 10 boundaries and five maximums in Tuesday's IPL victory over Royal Challengers Bangalore.
After an excellent final two matches of India's Tri-Series with Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, recording half-centuries in each of the last two matches, Sharma got off to a slow start for Mumbai in the IPL, scoring just 44 runs across the first three matches. However, after losing their first two wickets in the opening two balls, Sharma and Evin Lewis partnered for 108 runs on the third wicket to put Mumbai back in the ascendancy. Sharma reached his fifty in just 32 balls and ratcheted up the pressure in the next 20 balls, adding 44 more runs before being caught out at long on with one ball to play.
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Fantasy AnalysisSharma and Shikhar Dhawan opened with 32 runs on the first wicket in the first three overs, setting a good base when chasing 167, but things fell apart after the powerplay. While Sharma needed just 35 balls to reach his fifty, his second-consecutive fifty. However, they needed a late burst of magic from Dinesh Karthik to secure the victory with a final ball six. The half-century was his 14th and with no T20Is until July, will look to make hay in the IPL.
Fantasy AnalysisSharma has really struggled since posting 115 at Port Elizabeth in an ODI against South Africa, not reaching two dozen in any of the six T20Is since against the Proteas and in the Nidahas Trophy. However, he found his eye and reached his 13th T20I fifty in just 43 balls. On the second wicket, he partnered with Suresh Raina for 102 runs and helped India set a strong total of 176 on a small, but tricky-playing pitch. The win by India moves them into the finals against the winner of Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.
Fantasy AnalysisAfter a difficult series that saw him score 40 total runs across the first four matches of the series including a duck at Cape Town, Sharma broke out in a big way with his 17th ODI hundred and his first since his unbeaten double-century against Sri Lanka in December at Mohali. For his efforts, he was named Man of the Match for the 13th time.
Fantasy AnalysisThe right-hander is one of the most stylish batsman in the game, but his performances on the tour has not been great for the team. Before the third ODI, Sharma managed to score just 82 runs in six innings on the tour at an average of 13.66, which is no way near what was expected from the Mumbai-born batsman. But Sharma's failure in South Africa should not come as a surprise to a lot of people, as his overall record, where his away batting average drops from 59 at home to 38, suggests that he is no way near as effective playing in someone else territory as he is in his favourable conditions. With both 2019 World Cup and 2020 World T20 scheduled to take place in Australia and England, Sharma will have to sort his away form out as soon as possible, or otherwise, he might miss out on a place in the squad for the mega event.
Fantasy AnalysisSharma and Lokesh Rahul put on one of the most incendiary displays of opening batting around, needing just 52 balls to reach their century with Sharma doing the heaviest lifting. He needed just 23 balls to reach his fifty, finding the rope quicker than every three balls. However, his pace picked up on his next fifty, needing just 12 more balls including four boundaries and five maximums to put India firmly in the driver's seat before the first wicket fell. In every leg of this series, Sharma has put on a miraculous display of batting, breaking fifty in all three Test innings, going for an unbeaten double-hundred at Mohali and then recorded his best T20I score at Indore.
Fantasy AnalysisThe first Test series of the year has been excellent for the limited-overs opener. He's taken quite a liking to the No. 6 role, following up his unbeaten century in the first match of the series with a half-century. In just 38 Test innings, he has reached his fifty in 11 innings including in four-consecutive innings, spanning across four matches and more than 14 months.
Fantasy AnalysisPlaying his first Test in more than a year as he's established himself as something of a limited-overs specialist, Sharma didn't need long to regain his form in the longest format. This was just his third century in 37 innings and his first since recording hundreds in back-to-back matches to open his Test career back in 2013.
Fantasy AnalysisBy the time the first wicket had fallen, India had the match locked up, with Sharma partnering with Shikahr Dhawan for 158 before the first wicket fell in the 17th over. After scoring just 19 runs in two T20I's against Australia, Sharma showed he's no slouch in the format and built on his thunderous century at Kanpur less than a week earlier in the final ODI of the series.
Fantasy AnalysisThe talented opener struggled in the early going, scoring just 27 runs across the first two matches of the series. However, he came back in a big way, recording his 15th ODI century of his career with a thundering 147 as the opener and partnered with Virat Kohli for 230 runs on the second wicket before bowing out at two for 259 in the 42nd over. In a year that he averaged 67.25 and hit five centuries in 18 innings, this was Sharma's top score, which helped secure the series victory.
Fantasy AnalysisWhat a run of form Sharma was in this year in ODIs. In 15 innings, he's scored 902 runs at a 69.38 average with four centuries and five half-centuries with three centuries over his last eight matches (all since the end of August). Chasing a very reachable total in 243, the Indian batsmen took their time around Sharma while he kept finding the rope, bowing out 20 runs shy of their target. He'll take on the role of vice captain for the upcoming T20I series that ends Australia's limited-overs tour of India, beginning on 7 October in Ranchi.
Fantasy AnalysisAs positive an opener as any, Sharma was coming off an excellent series against Sri Lanka where he picked up two centuries and a half-century and had struggled a bit against Australia in the early going. However, chasing down 293, Sharma found his eye early and was finding the rope with ease. This year, he's broken fifty in seven of his 13 ODI innings at an average of 64.72 including three centuries.
Fantasy AnalysisSharma set the platform with Virat Kohli with a 219 run partnership for India to set 375 from their 50 overs. The century is Sharma's second in as many games, backing up on the 124 he hit four days earlier. His 13th ODI century included 11 fours and three sixes.
Fantasy AnalysisStaring at two for 19 with both Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli gone and then four for 61 with Kedar Jadhav just beaten for a silver duck. However, leave it to the steady hands of Sharma and MS Dhoni to safely guide India to their third-consecutive victory over Sri Lanka and to secure the series victory. Prior to this, despite Sharma's incredible ODI track record, he had 23 ODI appearances against Sri Lanka without a single hundred and a 16.14 average. Despite his poor record against Sri Lanka, Sharma's numbers in ODIs is excellent with this being his 12th century as his average improved to 43.20.
Fantasy AnalysisSharma was rested for India's series against the West Indies post-Champions Trophy, but the vice-captain returns to his place in the squad against Sri Lanka. Coming off a 3-0 whitewashing in the Test series, India opted to rest a number of their key contributors while a number of experienced players come back into the squad. The 30-year-old has 11 centuries and 31 half-centuries in his 158 match ODI career and is coming off a strong, if inconsistent, Champions Trophy that saw him hit for two half-centuries and one century.
Fantasy AnalysisSharma was in poor form throughout the IPL, but turned it around in a big way in the Champions Trophy. In the five matches, Sharma posted two half-centuries and an unbeaten century in the semifinals against Bangladesh, but was beaten for a duck in the third ball of the innings by a pumped up Mohammad Amir. Even with a duck, Sharma still finished with the second-most runs for the tournament at 304 at an average of 76.00.
Fantasy AnalysisSharma brought up his 11th ODI hundred off 111 balls including 12 fours and a solitary six. He'd go on to hit three more boundaries before India successfully chased Bangladesh's 264. After losing his opening partner the 30-year-old partnered with India captain Virat Kohli for a 178-run stand for the second wicket of which Sharma scored 82. The opening batsman moved to the number two spot on the most runs list for this edition of the Champions Trophy behind India's other opener Shikhar Dhawan.
Fantasy AnalysisSharma finally found his groove in the IPL at the end of the tournament for the victors Mumbai Indians and, after a rocky tune-up that saw him score a single run against Bangladesh, led the way for India in the Champions Trophy opener. A 136-run opening partnership with Shikhar Dhawan set the pace, but his 76.47 strike rate leaves something to be desired, particularly when they face stiffer competition. He'll look to build off his 30th career ODI half-century in Thursday's match against Sri Lanka at The Oval.
Fantasy AnalysisWhile he's still been unable to rack up back-to-back strong performances, scoring 40 or more runs in four of his past seven innings, but hasn't been able to follow that up with more than 10 runs in the following innings. His score of 67 was his highest of the IPL and puts him on 250 for the tournament, tied with Virat Kohli with three half-centuries in his past five innings. With the Indians' position in the playoffs locked up, he'll look to solidify his improving form in Thursday's visit from KXIP.
Fantasy AnalysisWhile the Indians' skipper has been consistently inconsistent this season, he seems to be finding his form at the right time. On a day that Mumbai qualified for the playoffs, Sharma blasted his second half-century in the past three matches and his third score at or above 40 in his past five innings. With the way the rest of the squad is performing, in conjunction with Sharma rounding into form, the Indians could be the side to beat as they've now won eight of their last nine and sit atop the table.
Fantasy AnalysisSharma has been in dreadful form this tournament, coming into the match with just 54 runs in six innings and 40 of those runs occurring in one match. However, he finally seemed comfortable in the crease to record his first half-century of the season after picking up five last year in 14 innings. Despite finding his form in the middle overs Monday, he crumbled at a crucial moment, mishitting a slower delivery with three balls to go while needing 11 in the chase. He'll look to stay in form in the Indians' next match Saturday when they travel to Rajkot to take on the Lions.
Fantasy AnalysisSharma's miserable season continues, despite Mumbai's success. The 29-year-old batsman only has one double-digit score in his six innings so far — 40 not out against Lion's last week. The Indians' captain was part of a middle-order collapse in which three wickets were lost for 13 runs. He was brought down my a wrong-un from Amit Mishra when he failed to read the delivery and hit a sweep shot straight to Australia international Pat Cummins at deep square leg.
Fantasy AnalysisIf there was someone in need of a good spell in the crease, it was Sharma. Even as the Indians were winning matches, Sharma had scored just nine runs in the first four matches. However, stepping into the crease in the 10th over at two for 85, Sharma took single after single and really seemed to find his footing, helping to finish the chase with three balls remaining and move Mumbai atop the table. He'll hope that his performance Sunday was a harbinger of future success and look to continue swinging a hot bat in Thursday's match against Kings XI Punjab.
Fantasy AnalysisMumbai's skipper has been in wretched form throughout the first four matches of IPL10. While he may have the third-most IPL runs in tournament history, this year he's put up scores of three, two, four, and now his first duck of the tournament. While he was baffled by a beautifully bowled ball from Samuel Badree, Sharma's form is beginning to become alarming, even as Mumbai sits atop the table. Sharma will look to right the ship in Sunday's visit from the struggling Gujarat Lions.
Fantasy AnalysisWith questions as to his standing in the squad coming into the series, Sharma repaid the selectors' faith in him, scoring his fifth Test half-century in 19 Tests and picked up 103 runs for the match. Sharma will look to consolidate his place in the Test side in the second Test of the series, starting on Friday ahead of the ODI series, also with New Zealand, which is his preferred format.
Fantasy AnalysisThe accomplished limited-overs batsman with 148 ODI caps and 62 T20I caps to his name has struggled at the Test level. While he has two centuries and four half-centuries in 18 Tests, he's hardly lit the world on fire like he has at the 50-over level. With an upcoming series against New Zealand, Sharma's place seemed in jeopardy; however, he was retained ahead of Stuart Binny and Shardul Thakur. In his last Test matches, he was selected for the active squad just twice against the West Indies and did not bat in the second of his two appearances.
Fantasy AnalysisSharma was ablaze in the crease during the initial weeks of IPL9, notching five half centuries in the Indians' first nine matches. He's hit a dry spell, though, since back-to-back unbeaten 50s as the calendar flipped to May. Prior to Sunday's performance, his recent ledger read five, 25, and 15, but he set himself up in the first over of this game with a sweep for four and a loft for six of Shahbaz Nadeem. Sharma's score was entirely accounted for in the Powerplay, with two additional maximums driving the display, but a diving snag from Rishabh Pant in the seventh resulted in another brief outing.
Fantasy AnalysisSharma has been all or nothing with the bat this season, scattering two half centuries and single-digit showings otherwise in the Indians' fixtures to date. Clearly, Wednesday's performance was of the first variety, though his personal promotion to opener was likely in response to the imposing mark (170) faced in the chase. In putting together a solid base, Sharma sidestepped the early exit of Parthiv Patel, notching 76 with Ambati Rayudu and 27 more with Jos Buttler to leave a required run rate of 8.85 upon his departure at the end of the 13th. Despite the trio of meager outings, Sharma resides among the Top 10 run scorers for the tournament.
Fantasy AnalysisIn order to cover for Kieron Pollard's absence due to food poisoning, Sharma handed his opening spot to Martin Guptill, but the Kiwi responded with an edge to the keeper on the fourth ball of the match. Sharma himself picked up the bat at No. 4 upon the departure of top-order mate Parthiv Patel, who was utterly flummoxed by an inswinger lacking in pace at the end of the fourth. Humming along at barely a run per ball, Sharma desired a single shortly thereafter, yet partner Ambati Rayudu disagreed, leaving the captain's attempt at a return short of the crease. After four games of IPL9, Mumbai boasts only one win, which doubled as Sharma's tournament-best performance (84 not out). The other three? He failed to reach double digits, highlighting his import to the defending champions.
Fantasy AnalysisSidestepping an early dismissal generally sets up Sharma's most noteworthy performances, but fellow opener Shikhar Dhawan was unable to augment his journey to the highest ODI score versus Australia down under. Virat Kohli entered at No. 3, though, and helped Sharma cobble together a 207-run stand, which was laid down at about five runs per over until the final 10. With 13 fours and seven sixes on the ledger, Sharma posted his first ODI century since Oct. 11 against the Proteas, which have helped him ring in as the 13th-ranked batsman in the format.
Fantasy AnalysisSharma had his moments in the World Cup, namely 137 in India's quarterfinal victory against Bangladesh, yet was unable to achieve 30 runs in four of eight innings in the tournament. Acting as captain of the Mumbai Indians, he followed that up with an outstanding IPL season, as he finished among the Top 10 batsmen on the backs of three half centuries and 16 total innings during their championship run. Following three ODIs in the recent tour of Bangladesh, marks of 63, zero, and 29 have left Sharma with a 50.90 average and 93.64 strike rate across 12 such innings in 2015.
Fantasy AnalysisRohit was hindered by a spectacularly slow start, as he stumbled to one off nine, five off 15, and 14 off 24 at different points during the first six overs of India's chase. However, after striking two fours and one six in the seventh, he more or less sustained a run per ball for the remainder of his time in the crease. As India's stalwart opening batsman, he's performed his job admirably in 2015, facing 567 balls in 10 ODIs. Along the way, he's tallied two tons and three 50s en route to a 59.00 average and 93.65 strike rate, which are both elevated from his career marks of 39.65 and 82.39, respectively.
Fantasy AnalysisAfter the early run out of Parthiv Patel, Sharma was solely responsible for a 16-run second over with the help of one six and two fours. For the next 10 overs, Sharma and Lendl Simmons cobbled together similar production, as the former mixed in four fours and another six during their eventual 119-run stand for the second wicket. Over the course of the tournament, Sharma was contained to scores in the 20s and 30s, so his third half century in IPL8 was key in helping his side to 202 in the first innings. The Mumbai captain nonetheless finished among the Top 10 run scorers, averaging 34.42 at a 144.74 strike rate in 16 matches. He'll now turn to longer formats of the game in June's tour of Bangladesh, which includes one Test and three ODIs.
Fantasy AnalysisSharma merely exchanged the strike during his two partnerships, notching 23 with Lendl Simmons and 24 with Kieron Pollard. While there was nowhere to go but down after opening IPL8 with an unbeaten 98, Sharma has top scored at 30 in the past five matches, averaging 22.25 at a 123.61 strike rate. If the Indians hope to bring home the championship trophy Sunday against either Chennai or Bangalore, they will require a more sustained showing from their captain.
Fantasy AnalysisSharma entered in the midst of the Indians stumbling to 4/40 by the sixth over of the chase, but his subsequent tandem with Ambati Rayudu kept the second innings intact. Although the duo tallied 60 in the course of 10 overs to keep their side afloat, Sharma managed his seventh consecutive score of better than 24 runs, a span in which he's averaged 35.00 with a strike rate of 150.30. As a result, his 343 combined runs rank in the Top 5 in IPL8.
Fantasy AnalysisWorking in tandem with Lendl Simmons after Parthiv Patel's dismissal in the 13th over, Sharma contributed 26 to a 43-run stand in the next 34 balls. The majority of the support came in his final 11 balls, when he racked up 17 runs with the help of his two boundaries, both fours, on the day. Sharma has found consistency in the crease in the last six matches, never scoring less than 24 with a high of 50 en route to a 33.16 average and 157.93 strike rate.
Fantasy AnalysisWhile constructing 51 for the third wicket with Lendl Simmons, Sharma struck two fours and one six to add 22 runs to the mix before the West Indian was bowled by Dale Steyn. However, Sharma followed Simmons out the door only eight balls later, as the former's attempt at a fourth boundary was corralled at long-on. Surviving uneven waters in the early going -- his unbeaten 98 in the IPL opener was offset by successive ducks -- Sharma's subsequent four outings have ranged from 24 to 50, during which he's averaged 36.50 at a strike rate of 171.76.
Fantasy AnalysisAfter opening IPL8 with an unbeaten 98 versus the Knight Riders, Sharma posted back-to-back ducks versus Kings XI and the Royals. However, he's bounced back with successive 40s to move into second on this season's runs scored chart with 190 at a voluminous 161.01 strike rate. Although Sharma's performances have been erratic through five outings, his career average of 32.90 and strike rate of 131.17 in IPL play should appease those considering Mumbai's captain as this tournament continues.
Fantasy AnalysisMisfortune once again struck Sharma, as the 50-plus score was his 10th ever in defeat during IPL play. Although he lasted the entirety of the first innings, three wickets fell within the initial six overs before he settled into a productive partnership with Corey Anderson. Outlasting the opposition, the duo combined for 131 runs in the final 14.4, which was good for a healthy 8.93 runs per over. With 19 unbeaten outings in 109 career IPL innings, he's averaging 33.34 at a stellar strike rate of 130.19.
Fantasy AnalysisSharma scored 34 or less in five of his eight innings during the World Cup, as he struggled to fulfill his full potential. His only hundred, an outstanding innings of 137 against Bangladesh in the quarterfinals, showed just how destructive he can be when he stays at the crease. He'll now look forward to playing for the Mumbai Indians in the upcoming IPL.
Fantasy AnalysisSharma's marathon stand in the crease gained momentum as the minutes flew by, as he went from 60 off 80 to his final tally in the span of 16 overs. Included in that run was India's most productive partnership with Suresh Raina, who teamed with Sharma for 122 for the fourth wicket. After striking two half centuries in the group stage, Sharma's heroic effort Thursday boosted his marks in the World Cup to a 49.33 average at a strike rate of 94.87.
Fantasy AnalysisSharma hit three fours and three sixes with a strike rate of 96.96 in a more subdued innings than what we are used to from him. In the five matches he has played in this World Cup, he has scores of 15, zero, 57 not out, seven and 64. His two highest scores have come against the minnows while he has not looked comfortable against the stronger teams.
Fantasy AnalysisAfter fellow opener Shikhar Dhawan was dismissed in the seventh over, Sharma and Virat Kohli formed a potent duo en route to 75 runs in 12.2 overs. Sharma himself aimed for the boundaries, recording 10 fours and one six for a 103.63 strike rate. Overall, though, a sore hamstring in January has contained him to four ODIs this year, with a 70.00 average and 86.78 strike rate.
Fantasy AnalysisSharma departed on a failed pull attempt in the eighth over, lobbing up a simple catch for Misbah-ul-Haq. Fortunately, his replacement, Virat Kohli, proceeded to achieve a century and alleviated Sharma's absence from India's top-heavy lineup. In last month's Tri-Series, Sharma missed three of four games due to a sore hamstring, but a 150 during Tuesday's warmup against Afghanistan appeared to prove his relative health. His sole ODI ton since the beginning of 2014 was an all-time best 264 on Nov. 13, which has helped sustain a 94.69 strike rate across 14 ODIs during that span.
Fantasy AnalysisWith two warmup games under his belt, Sharma has proved the health of his hamstring since passing Saturday's fitness test. After getting through a tough new ball period which saw India at 2/16, Sharma and Suresh Raina managed to regain control of Tuesday's game, helping the side to 5/364 in their 50 overs. Sharma has been a consistent performer for India in limited overs cricket recently. In his last six innings, he's passed 50 once and 100 two other times, including 138 against Australia on Jan. 18 and a world record of 264 versus Sri Lanka last November.
Fantasy AnalysisIn the latter half of January, Sharma was absent three times in four matches during the Carlton Mid ODI Tri-Series due to a tweaked hamstring. However, in his only appearance against Australia on Jan. 18, he knocked 13 boundaries (nine fours and four sixes) on his way to 138 off 139. As long as he emerges unscathed from a pair of warmups Sunday and Tuesday, a 112.65 strike rate from his past four ODIs will be a welcome sight to an Indian offensive that has failed to eclipse 300 runs in seven of the last eight ODIs.
Fantasy AnalysisSharma's sole showing on Jan. 18 against host Australia was impressive to say the least -- he racked up 138 off 139, including nine fours and four sixes -- which approaches the 119.49 strike rate that he boasts from his previous three ODIs. In a display of his talents as a batsman during that span, he produced 264 off 173 against Sri Lanka on Nov. 13, crushing the record for an ODI at Eden Gardens in Kolkata. He has plenty of time to recover before India opens the World Cup against Pakistan on Feb. 15, but his services will be required on a side that has failed to surpass 300 runs in seven of their past eight ODIs.