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Indian limited over vice-captain Rohit Sharma recalled the scenes after the T20 World Cup semi-final win against Australia. Rohit, who was a rookie back in 2007 revealed that he had not seen scenes like that before in his career. India had set an imposing target of 189 runs in the second semi-final against Australia after Yuvraj Singh played a whirlwind knock of 70 runs from only 30 balls.
The southpaw was at his best as he scored five sixes and as many fours in his blistering knock. Subsequently, Australia could only muster 173 runs and India won by 15 runs. Thus, MS Dhoni-led team was able to seal their final berth against arrch-rivals Pakistan.
Rohit Sharma played a crucial cameo in the final against Pakistan
Going past Australia was a big achievement as the Men in Yellow are always known to be at their best in the big matches of the ICC events. Australia had lifted the 2007 50-overs World Cup and they were a force to reckon with. S Sreesanth was the pick of the Indian bowlers as he scalped two wickets and conceded only 12 runs in his four overs.
Rohit added that the atmosphere was electric when they defeated Australia in the semi-final contest. The Indian opener recalled that their hotel at Durban was full of fans and it was a great feeling for the team.
“You never realize you’re playing for the Indian cricket team until you witness the support of the fans,” Rohit said on the Cricket Connected Show on Star Sports.
“I still remember when we won against Australia in the semi-final in 2007, our hotel was full of fans and they were all celebrating and dancing, I couldn’t believe my eyes as I hadn’t seen anything like this before. You always see fans in the stadium but that day at the hotel, seeing all of those supporters, I felt that it is the fans’ passion and love that keeps the team going,” he said.
Meanwhile, Rohit Sharma played a key role in India’s win in the final. The flamboyant batsman scored a quickfire cameo of 30 runs off just 16 balls with the help of two fours and one six to help India post 157 runs on the board.