Rohit Sharma ‘quite surprised’ by his stick, says he didn’t really expect it

India skipper Rohit Sharma said he was “quite surprised” by his powerful strike in the second T20 International against Australia at Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium here on Friday night, adding he hadn’t really expected it.

In a truncated eight-to-one match, Rohit Sharma slammed a 46 from 20, while chasing Australia’s 90/5 as India won by six wickets with four balls to spare. Rohit launched the fireworks as he blasted Josh Hazelwood for a straight six in the first round – the second a superb effort as he fired him over the deep edge of the square when the bowler tagged him continued from the side of the leg.

Sharma ended up going undefeated, breaking four limits and an equal number of maximums.

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At the post-match press conference, Sharma said he himself was pleasantly surprised by his shot. “I was quite surprised too. I didn’t expect it to go as well as it did. For 8-9 months I’ve been playing like this, so it hasn’t changed much. But when you play in a game like that (truncated match) you can’t plan too much, you just have to play the situation and use the conditions to your advantage.

“I felt when we were playing the bowlers had something to play for. We used the conditions pretty well. But then at the back the dew started coming in. That’s where we want the guys to learn how difficult it is.”

Sharma also said it was encouraging to see pace setter Jasprit Bumrah return to full fitness after being out for some time with an old back injury.

“It was good to see Bumrah in the park. Slowly and surely he is picking up his pace. As a team, we are not going to analyze him too much. Axar (Patel) has fitted into the role well. any phase of the game. He brings a lot to the game.”

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