Kolkata: Outrageously gifted, the enigmatic Rohit Sharma has often been an underachiever. The right-handed stylist chose the perfect occasion to uncork one of the more memorable knocks in recent times, providing fillip to the Mumbai Indians’ quest to make it to the plays-offs of IPL 5.
On a slowish track that didn’t necessarily encourage stroke-making, and placed in a must-win situation, Rohit stroked his way to a magnificent century full of silken strokes. Sitting on a six-match winning streak, Kolkata Knight Riders appeared singularly unprepared to counter the magic that emanated from Rohit’s bat as they went down in front of a packed Eden Gardens by 27 runs.
Throughout the competition, the Eden surface has tested the patience and character of batsmen. It needed the class of Rohit to negate the discouraging nature of the pitch as he stroked his way to a fairly brilliant undefeated 109, the joint-highest individual score this season and the second hundred in three days in this edition of the IPL.