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Rohit Sharma’s IPL Century after 12 Years: Did He Leave it Too Late for MI?
Apr 22, 2024, 11:12:00 AM

Rohit Sharma’s IPL Century after 12 Years: Did He Leave it Too Late for MI?

Rohit Sharma, the stalwart of Mumbai Indians and a legendary figure in the Indian Premier League, achieved a milestone that had eluded him for over a decade – a century in IPL matches. This landmark innings came amidst a fiercely contested match against Chennai Super Kings, where every moment seemed to define the thin line between victory and defeat. Delving into the intricacies of Rohit's century, the impact of Matheesha Pathirana's bowling, and the critical moments that shaped the narrative of this gripping encounter.

The Century: A Long-Awaited Triumph or a Missed Opportunity?

For Rohit Sharma, the journey to his IPL century after 12 years has been a testament to his resilience and consistency. His innings of 100 runs off 60 balls showcased not just his prowess with the bat but also his ability to anchor the innings under pressure. However, amidst the celebrations and accolades, questions arise – Did Rohit leave it too late for MI? Was this century a timely resurgence or a missed opportunity in the context of the match dynamics? Where was the support from the other end, when the Hitman needed it the most? These would be the questions, the MI camp would be searching for answers.

Watch the lone warrior innings by Rohit here:

Matheesha Pathirana: The Game-Changer for CSK

In the clash between bat and ball, Matheesha Pathirana emerged as the game-changer for CSK. His four-wicket haul dismantled MI's batting order at crucial junctures, turning the tide of the match in favor of the yellow brigade. Pathirana's lethal slinging action and strategic bowling in the middle and death overs restricted MI's scoring and added pressure on their batsmen. How did Pathirana's performance impact Rohit's century and MI's overall strategy?

The Middle-Overs Choke and CSK's Tactical Brilliance

MI found themselves in a tight spot during the middle overs, facing a daunting run chase with CSK's bowlers applying the brakes effectively. The typical CSK gameplay is where they suck in the game in the middle overs. Shardul Thakur and Tushar Deshpande's economical bowling, coupled with well-executed cutters and variations, created a middle-overs choke for MI. This period of play not only slowed down MI's scoring rate but also led to crucial wickets falling at pivotal moments. How did CSK's tactical brilliance disrupt MI's plans, especially with Rohit Sharma anchoring the innings? Hardik pointed it out by saying, “The Guy Behind the Stumps” changes the game for them. But is it him? Or is Ruturaj learning too quickly, the CSK way or should we say the MahiWay?

CSK's Resilience and Winning Momentum

On the flip side, CSK showcased resilience and a winning momentum throughout the match. Ruturaj Gaikwad and Shivam Dube's fifties provided a solid foundation for CSK's innings, while MS Dhoni's experience and composure at the end ensured a competitive total. How did CSK's overall team effort contribute to their victory, overshadowing Rohit's brilliance? The answer lies in the strategies both teams built. While MI failed to capitalise on the services of Bumrah, CSK used Pathirana to the best. One more underlying fact that went unnoticed in the last game was that Dube, Sharma, Thakur and Deshpande all the four top performers from their respective teams were the home lads. Knowing the conditions of the ground and using the larger side of the ground to trap Rohit worked well for the Super Kings.

In conclusion, Rohit Sharma's IPL century after 12 years stands as a remarkable achievement in his illustrious career. However, the narrative extends beyond personal milestones to encompass the dynamics of team performance, strategic decisions, and the impact of key players like Matheesha Pathirana. Was Rohit's century a game-changer or a consolation in a hard-fought battle that slipped away from MI? The answers lie in the nuances of cricketing strategies, individual contributions, and the unpredictable nature of T20 cricket.

Written by: Anurag Singh