Cricket World Cup 2019: Rohit Sharma is the best ODI batsman, says Virat Kohli after Bangladesh win

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Rohit Sharma.

India captain Virat Kohli hailed opener Rohit Sharma as the best batsman in ODI cricket after his fourth century of the tournament set up a 28-run win over Bangladesh and qualification to the World Cup 2019 semi-finals.

Rohit’s 104 laid the foundation of India’s total of 314-9, after adding 180 for the first wicket with KL Rahul.

India’s bowlers then dismissed Bangladesh for 286 with two overs to spare after star all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan top-scored with 66. Pace ace Jasprit Bumrah took four wickets while all-rounder Hardik Pandya took three top order wickets, including the scalp of Shakib.

After the match, Kohli lauded Rohit as the ‘best ODI batsman’, saying: “I have been watching him for years now. He’s the best one-day player around and we are so delighted to see him. When he plays like that, everybody is happy to see him strike it so well,” Kohli said.

Bumrah is the other ace in Kohli’s pack and the India skipper knows how valuable his death over bowling is. As Bangladesh came close to India total thanks to seamer Mohammad Saifuddin’s fifty, Bumrah returned to pick up two wickets in his last over to finish the match.

“His overs were always going to be crucial, that’s why we stopped him after four initially. He’s a world-class bowler and he just knows what he’s up against,” Kohli said.

Bumrah’s brilliance, and that of Pandya, made up for the lack of a sixth bowling option as India decided to omit Kedar Jadhav. Kohli was glad Pandya more than made up for it.

“We have experienced that Hardik when put under pressure comes back really well. He has a gut feel of what the batsman is trying to do. I know five bowlers was a gamble, but it was keeping in mind the ground dimensions. We wanted to play the perfect combination for the small boundary,” the skipper added.

Man-of-the match Rohit said he wanted to make a big score and not just cross three figures. It was the second match, after the England loss, that Rohit got out right after reaching his ton.

“I thought I just got a hundred today. My mantra is whatever has happened in the past is in the past. Those in form have to bat long and get the team to a big score,” he said.

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Jasprit Bumrah picked up four wickets on Tuesday.

India returned to winning ways as a 28-run victory over Bangladesh confirmed their place in the World Cup semi-finals and eliminated their Asian neighbours.

Rohit Sharma took centre stage again as he became only the second player in World Cup history to score four hundreds in the same tournament.

His opening partnership of 180 with KL Rahul – the highest at this World Cup – laid the base for India to exorcise the demons of defeat to England at the same Edgbaston ground less than 48 hours earlier.

If that first tournament loss had knocked India’s self-belief, it did not show before two raucous sets of supporters.

But India were still relieved after a helping hand from Tamim Iqbal, who dropped Rohit on nine, and their own tardiness towards the end of an innings when 237 for two in the 38th over was only turned in to 314 for nine.

In that part of the game, Bangladesh fought like the Tigers they are known as to give themselves a chance of replicating the sort of spectacular run chase that had accounted for the West Indies at Taunton.

Rohit Sharma scored his fourth century of the 2019 World Cup.

Rohit Sharma scored his fourth century of the 2019 World Cup.

Mustafizur Rahman finished with five for 59 and Shakib Al Hasan passed 50 for the sixth time in seven innings – a World Cup record only previously achieved by Indian great Sachin Tendulkar.

But India will consider themselves to be firmly back on track even if skipper Virat Kohli, for once, made a modest contribution of 26.

Rohit, as he has done previously in this competition, made the most of some good fortune.

The opener had only scored four against England when he was spilled by Joe Root in the slips and went on to make 102.

This time Mustafizur was flicked to the mid-wicket boundary where Tamim had made good ground, but shelled the opportunity.

Shakib’s spin managed to apply some control for Bangladesh, but it was to prove a costly error as Rohit bludgeoned his way to become the tournament’s top run scorer with 104 from 92 balls.

Rahul’s own 92-ball stay ended when he attempted to cut a delivery from Rubel Hossain that was too close to him and wicketkeeper Mushfiqur Rahim took a low catch.

Kohli pulled Mustafizur to the waiting Rubel on the mid-wicket rope and the hard-hitting Hardik Pandya fell for nought two balls later.

Rishabh Pant (48) and MS Dhoni (35) scored at over a run a ball but the loss of three wickets in the final over summed up an innings that had promised a lot more.

Bangladesh had scored 322 to beat the West Indies, the second highest successful chase in World Cup history, but lost Tamim (22) when he played on to Mohammad Shami.

Soumya Sarkar survived a DRS review on 21 after being struck on the pads by Shami, an incident which enraged India captain Kohli.

The official view was that it had struck the bat first so India lost their review, much to the obvious displeasure of Kohli who remained in deep conversation with the umpires for some time.

But Kohli had the last laugh when Soumya (33) welcomed Pandya’s arrival into the attack by smashing a wide ball straight to him in the covers – one of the bowler’s three victims.

An emotional Kohli appeared to say ‘That’s out’ to Soumya and India’s resentment over the review incident continued to simmer.

Yuzvendra Chahal waved Mushfiqur off the field after he hit the leg-spinner straight to Shami at mid-wicket.

The departures of Liton Das and Shakib in swift succession seemed to end the Bangladesh story.

But Mohammad Saifuddin (51 not out) and Sabbir Rahman (36) produced the first half-century partnership of the innings with 66 in nine overs.

India briefly lost Jasprit Bumrah to a shoulder injury as the paceman took a heavy fall when attempting to save runs on the boundary.

But he returned to the attack to wrap up victory, perfect yorkers to Rubel and Mustafizur dismissing Bangladesh for 286 with 12 balls remaining.

It gave Bumrah figures of 4-55 and confirmed India’s place alongside Australia in the semi-finals, with England, Pakistan and New Zealand battling for the two remaining places.

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Rohit Sharma scored his fourth century of the 2019 World Cup.

Rohit Sharma spanked his fourth century of the 2019 World Cup as his 104 off 92 balls helped India post a challenging 314-9 against Bangladesh in Birmingham on Tuesday.

The opening batsman is in the form of his life at this World Cup, making the most of yet another early dropped chance to reach three figures, even as skipper Virat Kohli has gone about his job more efficiently – hitting five successive fifties in the tournament.

While the focus has generally been on Kohli when it comes to India’s batting, Rohit has been as good as the skipper at the top of the order.

Not only is Rohit now the leading run-getter in the ongoing edition with 544 runs in seven outings, his numbers compare favourably to that of Kohli.

In the last years, Kohli has the most runs in ODIs – 5,617 in 100 innings at an average of a shade under 70. Kohli has cracked 22 centuries in the process, the most in the world.

Right next to him is Rohit with 5,127 runs from 90 innings at an average of 64.8. He too has 22 centuries under his belt.

While Kohli has rightfully earned the crown of the king of ODI cricket, Rohit is not too far behind. And moreover, Rohit has what Kohli doesn’t – three ODI double tons.

The next best when it comes to centurions in the last five years is Hashim Amla with 15 tons, followed by Joe Root on 15 and David Warner on 14.

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