Former England captain Nasser Hussain expressed deep admiration for Indian skipper Rohit Sharma’s performance in the World Cup semifinal against New Zealand at the Wankhede Stadium. Hussain labeled Rohit as a “genuine hero” for his crucial role in providing India with a strong start, scoring 47 off 29 balls. This innings set the tone for a massive total and ultimately secured India’s place in the final.
Hussain highlighted Rohit’s leadership by example, noting that the skipper played his attacking game even when the pressure was high in a knockout game. According to Hussain, Rohit’s fearless approach has significantly influenced the culture of the Indian team.
“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 stated 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 stated on A Sports.
Former Pakistan fast bowler Wasim Akram also praised Rohit Sharma for his contribution in relieving pressure from the Indian batters and placing it on the opposition. Despite not scoring a century in this match, Rohit’s quick 47, including four boundaries and four sixes, played a crucial role in building a solid foundation for India’s innings.
The overall performance by India, scoring 397/4 in their 50 overs, included notable contributions from Shubman Gill (80 in 66 balls) and an exceptional seven-wicket haul by Mohammed Shami. India’s opponent in the final is yet to be determined, as South Africa and Australia face off in the second semi-final at Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Thursday. The anticipation for the final remains high, with Rohit Sharma being recognized as a key figure in India’s journey to the championship.
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