IPL 2022, MI vs PBKS: 3 best knocks of Rohit Sharma against Punjab
In the IPL 2022 season, Rohit Sharma and his team have almost reached the point of no return. The Mumbai Indians (MI) have lost all four of their games so far and will have another difficult job on Wednesday when they face the Punjab Kings (PBKS). In their most recent match, against the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), the 34-year-old seemed in fine form, but he was dismissed when he was well set on 26. Rohit Sharma understands that leaving at the wrong time is harming his team, and he is desperate to set things right.
MI took a chance on Ishan Kishan and Jofra Archer in the IPL 2022 auction, investing substantially in players who will only be available next season.
The only way the five-time IPL champions can make a comeback this season is for their batsmen to perform admirably in practically every game. Rohit Sharma will need to improve his consistency with the bat and make his start count in order for this to happen. The MI captain has a decent record against PBKS, having scored 740 runs at an average of 33.63 in 27 games, with seven half-centuries. On that topic, here are Rohit Sharma’s top three innings against the Kings:
70(45), Match 13, IPL 2020
The 2020 edition of the IPL was probably MI’s most dominant season. The ability to crush bowling assaults in the death overs was one of the primary reasons for their title-winning season. One of the most memorable matches was against PBKS (then known as Kings XI Punjab). MI’s important wicket of Quinton de Kock was bowled for a duck, giving PBKS a great start. Rohit Sharma took a while to get his eye in, but once he did, he unleashed a barrage of shots and dominated the opposition. The MI captain smashed 70 runs off 45 balls, laying the foundation for Kieron Pollard and Hardik Pandya to follow.
76*(42), Match 19, IPL 2008
Rohit Sharma was a member of the Deccan Chargers team before joining MI, where he won the Emerging Player of the Tournament award in 2009. However, it was in the first edition that the child first demonstrated his abilities. The Chargers had a star-studded lineup, with young Rohit Sharma slotting in at No. 4 on the depth chart. He drew attention with a sensational knock of 76 off just 42 balls, propelling his team to a competitive total of 164/8. Despite the fact that PBKS (then known as Kings XI Punjab) won the game by seven wickets, it was evident that Indian cricket had a new future star in Rohit Sharma.
79*(39), Match 41, IPL 2013
In the 2013 season, MI earned its first IPL title. Ricky Ponting turning over the captaincy to Rohit Sharma was one of the season’s key moments. With that role, the teenager was just coming of age, and it showed in his batting as well. When MI were 43/2 in a crucial game against PBKS (then known as Kings XI Punjab), Rohit Sharma walked out to bat, striking at less than a run per ball. He absorbed the Kings’ pressure before launching a counter-offensive that blew the opposition away. PBKS were unable to stop Rohit’s attack and made the error of handing the final over to David Hussey.