Rohit Sharma Ends IPL Half Century Drought


Rohit Sharma Ends IPL Half Century Drought

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Indian cricket fans had reason to celebrate on Tuesday as Rohit Sharma broke his IPL half-century drought. The Mumbai Indians skipper had not scored a fifty in the IPL since April 2021, but he ended that dry spell in style against the Delhi Capitals at the Arun Jaitley Stadium.

Chasing 173 runs to win the game, Rohit scored 65 runs off just 45 balls and won the Player of the Match award for his fantastic contribution. While he couldn’t remain unbeaten to see his team through, he did enough to allow big hitters like Tim David and Cameron Green to finish the game off.


The Rohit-Sharma pickup shot ✨🤌

FIFTY partnership up for the opening wicket 🙌#TATAIPL | #DCvMI | @ImRo45

— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 11, 2023

It all came down to the final ball, with Mumbai needing two runs to win. Tim David kept his cool and dove to complete the second run, securing a thrilling victory for the five-time champions.

Other Highlights of the Match

Rohit reached his fifty off just 29 balls, showing off his class and skill as a top-order batsman. However, he didn’t celebrate the milestone, instead focusing on the task at hand. The right-hander was dismissed for 65 off 45 balls, but his contribution helped Mumbai stay in the chase.

Aside from the achievement, Rohit and Ishan Kishan made the most of the powerplay against DC. They scored 68 runs in the power play without losing a wicket. The challenge, however, was always going to be the middle overs as the DC spinners were expected to dominate on this track.

In-form Tilak Varma played a crucial hand of 41 and helped negate any spin threat to MI alongside captain Rohit. The match got too close for comfort for the visitors towards the end, but Tim David and Cameron Green held their nerve to help MI win off the final ball.


The Aftermath of the Match

After the match, MI all-rounder Cameron Green expressed relief and happiness, saying, “Probably expected it (the game) to finish a lot earlier, but happy we ended up on the right side. I didn’t wanna cramp (last ball), took the helmet off I knew there were two there, and thankfully it came off. The conversation (when I went to bat) was to hit 2-3 boundaries, and thankfully it came off.”

Sharma, on the other hand, stated, “We needed to bat well to chase the total. I thought everyone put their hand up. We had to make it count for the team. I needed to make use of the powerplay, I knew we had to keep attacking and take my chances. I tried to create a partnership and had good communication with Tilak. It was important for us to have a good partnership.”

Meanwhile, fans on Twitter hailed Rohit Sharma for his fantastic innings on a slow and turning track in Delhi. Many were also relieved that Rohit finally broke his drought of 24 innings without an IPL fifty, a run stretching back to 2021.

MI will next face the Royal Challengers Bangalore at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium on Thursday, while DC will take on Kolkata Knight Riders at the Eden Gardens on Friday.


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