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IPL 2020: How Rohit Sharma ‘pulled’ himself to 200 sixes in IPL career

Rohit Sharma became the second Indian after MS Dhoni to smash 200 sixes in Indian Premier League history.

By: Sports Desk | Updated: September 24, 2020 4:45:14 pm
ipl, rohit sharmaRohit Sharma starred with a 54-ball 80 to help defending champions Mumbai Indians to a 49-run win over KKR in Abu Dhabi. (BCCI/IPL)

Rohit Sharma had rung the alarm bells before IPL 2020 when he looked in ominous touch in a practice session of Mumbai Indians and hit a massive six that travelled 95 metres to hit a moving bus. On Wednesday, he brought the same six-hitting form against Kolkata Knight Riders in match five of the Indian Premier League (IPL) in Abu Dhabi.

HITMAN MODE ON

Rohit seemed like he was in the groove from the start. Right from the first over when he lifted Sandeep Warier with an upper-cut on the off-side for his first maximum, it seemed like the Mumbai batsman was in the zone with a clear mind for a long innings against his favourite opposition. Against, KKR, Rohit has the most number of IPL runs (875*) bettering Warner’s tally of 829 runs against the same opposition.

But the Hitman truly arrived in the middle when he smashed Cummins over deep mid-wicket for half-a-dozen with one his classic pull-shots. The Rohit Sharma vs Pat Cummins face-off promised a lot on paper but on-field Rohit dominated the Australian fast bowler when he smoked another one from Cummins, this time over deep mid-wicket for six more runs.

Cummins was equally guilty of trying to pepper the MI captain with too much of short-stuff — a move which backfired as Sharma continued to opt for his most productive shot and pull him with ease.

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Incidentally, this was only the second time Rohit faced Cummins in the T20s. His previous score against him was – 3* (2) (MI vs DD, 2017).

In Mumbai’s opening encounter against Chennai Super Kings, Rohit had a quiet outing with the willow and this time seemed keen to make amends.

His six-hitting spree did not stop there as he sent KKR’s MVP Andre Russell into the stands. The elevation that Rohit managed to get and the ease with which he was able to clear the boundary playing the pull/hook was simply incredible. According to cricviz — one in every pull/hook shot is a six from his bat.

Rohit Sharma versus Kuldeep Yadav was expected to be another keenly fought battle. However, Rohit’s imperious form and the ball turning into him made it easier for the right-handed batsman as he picked the length easily and timed them immaculately to send the ball into the stands. When Kuldeep pitched it on the shorter side, he was whacked over the deep square leg.

200 SIXES for RO-HIT

When Kuldeep pitched it up, Rohit danced down the track and lofted him through the line to clear long-on and reach the milestone of 200 sixes . He became the second Indian after Dhoni to smash 200 sixes in IPL history.

Most Sixes in IPL History:
C Gayle – 326
AB de Villiers – 214
MS Dhoni – 212
Rohit Sharma- 200
S Raina – 194

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