India have been the best team in the Asia Cup, winning all their round robin matches, including their last game against UAE by nine wickets at Shere Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur, Thursday. UAE only scored 81 runs and the India batsmen primarily, Rohit Sharma and Yuvraj Singh, played some wonderful and aggressive shots, to reach the target inside 11 overs.
Though the pitch in Mirpur has been challenging for all the batsmen in the Asia Cup, Rohit, when on song, makes batting look so easy and beautiful to watch. Rohit was in full flow, scoring boundaries at will all around the wicket against the UAE bowlers, who did not have any answer to his class display.
His 28-ball 39, which included seven boundaries and a six, helped him walk away with the man of the match award as well. His innings helped India win the match with utmost ease and Rohit was pleased with India's impressive all-round show.
"The wickets here have been challenging, not the easiest. I am glad we have put up a performance like that," ABP News quoted Rohit as saying during the presentation ceremony.
Rohit has certain plans while facing bowlers in such conditions. Rohit does not want to go and play his shots from the first ball, but understand the condition, and play shots accordingly.
"Initially, you have to see the conditions. Once you get a hang of it, you can probably play your shots. Shot selection is very important, you play a lot square of the wicket. It is not easy to play on the up to cover, midwicket. It is coming off well," Rohit said.
However, it was not only Rohit, who shone with the bat, but also Yuvraj. The left-hander was pushed up the order and Yuvraj did not disappoint as he played some breathtaking shots, lofting the bowlers for six and also played those exquisite cover drive of his, which looks classy when he middles the ball. Yuvraj hit the winning boundary for India and the Punjab lad remained unbeaten on 25 runs.
With such innings under their belt, both the batsmen will go into the Asia Cup final against Bangladesh on Sunday and the World T20, which starts in India on March 8, with immense confidence.
India, with batsmen such as Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh and Rohit Sharma scoring runs, are expected to play a pivotal role in the Asia Cup final and World T20. No wonder, Dhoni's men are huge favourites for both the titles.