MS Dhoni can take heart from Rohit Sharma's purple patch ahead of World Cup 2015

At a time when most of the Indian batsmen have been going through a rough patch, 'hitman' Rohit Sharma once again slammed a brilliant knock, which must have given skipper MS Dhoni, a big relief ahead of the ICC World Cup 2015.

By Chaitan Papnai | Last Updated: Feb 11, 2015, 00:12 AM IST
MS Dhoni can take heart from Rohit Sharma's purple patch ahead of World Cup 2015

New Delhi: At a time when most of the Indian batsmen have been going through a rough patch, 'hitman' Rohit Sharma once again slammed a brilliant knock, which must have given skipper MS Dhoni, a big relief ahead of the ICC World Cup 2015.

The opener played a blistering knock of 150 off 122 balls against Afghanistan, studded with 12 boundaries and seven mammoth sixes, which was the last practice match for Team India before the marquee event starts.

Even though India lost their first two wickets in Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli quite early in the innings, the 27-year-old took the entire responsibility on his shoulders and hit the bowlers all over the park. Most of his runs came on the on side, as the stylish batsman made sure that India set up a huge total of 364 in front of the minnows, after Dhoni decided to bat first.

Ajinkya Rahane and Suresh Raina also played crucial knocks as they scored 88 and 75 respectively, to give India solidity in the middle.

When players like Kohli, Dhawan and for that matter Dhoni are going through a slump in form, Rohit's outstanding knock must have given the skipper some breathing space.

Eventually, India beat Afghanistan by 153 runs to win their first limited-overs (unofficial) match in Australia, since their sojourn started in November.