Former Indian batsman Yuvraj Singh has stated that Rohit Sharma’s cameo of 30 runs off just 16 balls in the 2007 T20 World Cup final was very special. India wanted to score quick runs in the final two overs when they were 130-5 after 18 overs. In fact, Rohit had made his International debut in the tournament and had scored a fine fifty against South Africa when Yuvraj Singh was ruled due to elbow injury.
In the final against Pakistan, Rohit Sharma added the finishing touches for the side as he scored two fours and one six in his knock of 30 runs at an impressive strike rate of 187.50. Consequently, he was able to propel India’s score to competitive 157-5. In fact, Yuvraj added that it was the most important knock for the Indian team in the whole tournament. India was able to win the match by five runs.
Rohit Sharma had provided the finishing touches
Yuvraj feels that he and Gautam Gambhir gets a lot of credit for their contribution in the T20 World Cup but nobody talks about Rohit Sharma’s cameo in the final against Pakistan. Gambhir had top-scored with 75 runs in the final.
On the other hand, Yuvraj Singh played two crucial knocks against England and Australia. The southpaw scored 30-ball 70 against Australia in the semi-final whereas he scored six sixes against Stuart Broad’s over against England and thus scored a 12-ball fifty.
Furthermore, Irfan Pathan also played a key role as he scalped three wickets for 16 runs in the final of the tournament.
Yuvrah Singh said while talking to Sportskeeda, “Gautam had an outstanding final with Irfan Pathan. So I think it was a collective effort. Yes I had two important innings against England and Australia which helped us to come through.”
“But everyone talks about myself or Gautam but nobody remembers that Rohit scored 36 off 18 or 20 balls in the final, which actually got us to 160. That was the most important knock of the tournament. Irfan took 3 wickets and was the Man of the Match but I think Rohit’s inning was very special in the finals.”