After India were 22/2, Rohit Sharma and Rinku Singh went berserk and attacked the Afghanistan batsmen. First they made sure to return the tickets to the court, but once inside, they took the players to the dry cleaners.
Before the match, no one would have imagined that the duo of Rohit Sharma and Rinku Singh would prove so deadly for the team. The left-right combination took the game away from Afghanistan and ensured that India scored a big total on board.
Rohit Sharma and Rinku added an unbeaten 190 runs for the fifth wicket. This was the highest batting partnership at 5th or below in T20I history. It was a pure display of brutal power hitting and there was no area of the field where the ball did not reach.
The highlight of the partnership between Rohit Sharma and Rinku Singh came during the last innings. The duo scored 36 runs together against Karim Janat and propelled India to a total of 212 runs.
Rohit Sharma started the over with the big six off the ball and then hit another six off the free hit. In the third ball, Rinku Singh hit the ball out of the park and if this was not enough, he made sure to send the last two balls to the maximum as well and ended the innings on a high for his team.
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Rohit Sharma 🤝 Rinku Singh
-BCCI (@BCCI) January 17, 2024
Rohit Sharma hit his fifth T20I ton and finished with an unbeaten 121 runs. While on the other hand, Rinku Singh scored 69 runs. The duo made the players look clueless and entertained the crowd. They scored more than 100 runs in the last 5 overs and made sure to take the team beyond 200 runs.
IND vs AFG: Creating the partnership was important: Rohit Sharma on his association with Rinku Singh
Indian captain Rohit Sharma opened up about his association with Rinku Singh. He said it was important for the team to have a partnership at that particular point.
Rohit Sharma admitted that the team was under pressure but it was important for them to bat hard and not lose their intent. Speaking during the post-match presentation, he explained:
“Creating the partnership was important and we (Rinku and I) kept talking to each other so as not to lose that intention in the important games and it was a good game for us, the pressure was there and it was important to bat long and deep. and not commit to the intention we want to show.”
India took the series by a margin of 3-0. They were sensational in the first two games and achieved six victories. It was the last series for them before the 2024 T20 World Cup.