starts in
days hours mins

fixtures

All matches

IPL 2019 | Rohit Sharma Roars Back to Form in Style Against Chennai

Cricketnext Staff |April 26, 2019, 10:55 PM IST
IPL 2019 | Rohit Sharma Roars Back to Form in Style Against Chennai

He has led Mumbai Indians to three IPL titles but Rohit Sharma's IPL record in the past three years does not make for good viewing. From being found out against swing up front and googlies in the middle overs to jumping back up the order this season, Rohit has had his fair share of troubles in the tournament.

After averaging above 30 in every single edition from 2011 to 2016, in the last three years his numbers have tapered downward. He had a poor 2017 where he made 333 runs in 17 matches at an average of 23.78 and a strike rate just above 120. In 2018, he seemed to have a glaring weakness against googlies that opposition teams exploited.

He still struck at a decent strike rate of 133.02 but that wasn't enough to hide another average in the low 20s. The trend seemed to be continuing this season until at Chepauk on Friday when he turned around his poor run of form with a gritty half-century against Chennai at Chepauk.

01

Rohit had made only 228 runs in 9 matches and with Chennai having three spinners turning the ball away from him and Deepak Chahar swinging it upfront, it seemed like Mumbai might be better off pushing Rohit to the middle.

02

That seemed to be their tactic when Evin Lewis was included in the playing XI but Rohit stuck to his pre-tournament decision and walked out to open the innings. He struck a superb boundary off Chahar first ball and then unleashed a flurry of good looking strokes against Harbhajan Singh to notch up his first half-century of the season.

Before Friday, Rohit was the third highest run-scorer in matches between Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians. He had 560 runs and came behind Suresh Raina (588) and MS Dhoni (715) but with his fighting half-century, Rohit has climbed over Raina.

It is also a big turning point for Mumbai Indians towards the end of the season. Rohit's form had been a worry for them despite a good tournament so far. At Chepauk, he turned that around which also augers for team India who will hope that he can find some form in the IPL and thereby boost his confidence for the World Cup.

Cricket World Cup Points Table

Pos Team P W L T/NR PTS NRR
1
NZ
5 4 0 1 9 +1.59
2
ENG
5 4 1 0 8 +1.86
3
AUS
5 4 1 0 8 +0.81
4
IND
4 3 0 1 7 +1.02
5
BAN
5 2 2 1 5 -0.27
6
SL
5 1 2 2 4 -1.77
7
WI
5 1 3 1 3 +0.27
8
SA
6 1 4 1 3 -0.19
9
PAK
5 1 3 1 3 -1.93
10
AFG
5 0 5 0 0 -2.08

Team Rankings

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
see more
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5720 124
2 India 5990 122
3 New Zealand 4121 114
4 South Africa 4647 111
5 Australia 4805 109
see more
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
see more