Indian skipper Virat Kohli handed over the baton of captaincy to Rohit Sharma at a crucial stage during the fourth T20I contest against England on Thursday played at the Narendra Modi Stadium. The visitors had a gettable target in sight, needing 46 off the final 4 overs. At the crease was in-form batsman Ben Stokes who had smoked 46 runs off just 23 deliveries. Shardul Thakur ended that dismissing Stokes and Eoin Morgan off successive balls in the 17th over with slower balls wide of the off stump. Stokes mishit to long-off, while Morgan mishit to sweeper cover. England’s challenge still did not come to an end as Chris Jordan and Jofra Archer took the game deep. England even needed 10 off 3 at one stage, but Thakur held his nerve.
India won the thrilling contest by 8 runs after posting 185/8 on the scoreboard. Under Sharma’s leadership, the hosts conceded 37 while picking up four wickets. The win was all the more special as the T20I hangs in perfect balance at 2-2.
Sharma’s role as stand-in captain while witnessing Kohli along the sidelines wasn’t lost on cricket fans who used the opportunity to hail the Hitman at the expense of Kohli.
— || SALAAR (@Prabhas__Addict) March 18, 2021
There were memes (and praises), plenty of them.
— Paras Jain (@__iamparas__) March 18, 2021
Team defending the Total, other Captains struggling to manage bowlers with dew around in this seriesRohit Sharma does it easily, just another day for him in the office #INDvsENG pic.twitter.com/g05idyuFgp
— Saish (@CricketSaish45) March 18, 2021
The game changes as soon as Rohit Sharma takes on the captaincy role. Is it merely a coincidence?— Keh Ke Peheno (@coolfunnytshirt) March 18, 2021
Good leadership from 5-time IPL winning skipper.— Trendulkar (@Trendulkar) March 18, 2021
— Vamsi Krishna (@vamsikrishna717) March 18, 2021
Meanwhile Eoin Morgan: pic.twitter.com/hZHMSV0hbh
— ee (@desperatemedico) March 18, 2021
— sarthyasm.. (@sarthyasm) March 18, 2021
— Ctrl C + Ctrl Memes (@Ctrlmemes_) March 18, 2021
Meanwhile, Suryakumar Yadav, who got off the mark in international cricket with a six over fine leg, hit three sixes and smashed six fours. He followed his Mumbai Indians teammate Ishan Kishan to score a half-century on debut. Kishan achieved the feat in the second T20 International on March 14.
Yadav was awarded Player of the Match for his fantastic knock.