Indian captain Rohit Sharma’s performance against New Zealand in the World Cup semi-final at the Wankhede left former England captain Nasser Hussain speechless. Referring to him as a “genuine hero”. India got off to a great start thanks to Rohit’s spectacular 47 off 29 balls. And his partnership with Shubman Gill laid the groundwork for a huge score.
After the game, Hussain showered praise on the unsung hero of the Indian team Rohit Sharma. For setting an example for everyone by playing his usual attacking game even when the stakes were high. India went on to secure their place in the final.
Nasser Hussain, Wasim Akram laud India’s “genuine hero” Rohit Sharma
“The genuine hero the actual man that has changed the culture of the Indian side is Rohit Sharma. The first time that they have been tested. The group stage is one thing, knockout game can you do it again. Can you play fearless cricket, their skipper went out and showed everyone and showed the dressing room. We are going to carry out and do the same thing,” Hussain said on Sky Sports.
Former Pakistan speedster Wasim Akram also hailed him for taking pressure off the Indian batters and putting it back on the opposition.
“It was a complete performance in every aspect of the game, Rohit s name doesn’t come up that much because he didn’t score a ton, but the way he starts, he scored 40 in 29 balls, 84 runs in the first 10 overs, that was the platform. Pressure goes on the opposition, four sixes and four boundaries,” Wasim Akram said on A Sports.
India chose to bat first before the game and amassed 397/4 in their 50 overs. With a 71-run opening stand, captain Rohit Sharma (47 in 29 balls, four boundaries and four sixes) and Shubman Gill (80 in 66 balls, eight fours and three sixes) set the tone for a great start.
Kane Williamson, the captain of New Zealand, and Daryl Mitchell worked together to get the Kiwis back into the match. However, Shami’s seven wicket haul left the Blackcaps reeling, and India won by seventy runs.