Rohit Sharma’s love affair with the Eden Gardens continued as the Mumbai Indians skipper played an absolute blinder to guide his team to victory against the Kolkata Knight Riders. Rohit was simply brilliant at the top of the order as he paced his innings to perfection and calmly went about his task of chasing down a huge total of 188.
Rohit though was supported perfectly by Jos Buttler, who stole the show towards the end with his lusty blows. Buttler’s 22 ball knock of 41 shifted the momentum in the favor of the visitors and his knock included three fours and as many sixes. The visitors won the game with five balls to spare, and Sharma was duly named the Man of the Match for his outstanding knock.
In the post-match presentation, Knight Riders skipper Gautam Gambhir admitted that it is difficult to defend any total when someone like Rohit Sharma bats for 20 overs. “If one of the top 3 batters bat through the innings, Rohit did that and it was tough for us,” said Gambhir. “Credit goes to them for accelerating at the right time. We thought that spinners will be more useful than fast bowlers, so we played 3 spinners. It was a tactical move. There was some good batting from others as well, the likes of Jos Buttler. I can’t point out one or two things why Mumbai do well here. They have a lot of quality players like Rohit Sharma and are a dangerous side. If someone like Rohit bats 20 overs, it’s difficult to defend,” Gambhir added.
Rohit Sharma was pleased with the win, as he credited the other batsmen for their contributions and for sticking along with him. “We started well with the ball, lost it in the middle and didn’t field well. Our fielding needs to improve. Our batting was superb. Parthiv Patel got off to a start, Mitch came in and scored those crucial 20 runs, and Buttler came in and played that crucial knock, we have seen him do that time and again for England. Someone needed to play right through the innings and it was my duty and responsibility,” said Sharma.