Rohit’s century helped India achieve an 89-run victory at Old Trafford as the men in blue posted a mammoth 336/5. In response, Pakistan could only muster 212/6 in 40 overs, before rain intervened to hand India the win via the DLS method.
Rohit’s six over point off Hasan Ali was compared to the Master Blaster’s shot against a Shoaib Akhtar delivery back in 2003 as the ICC tweeted, “Sachin in 2003 or Rohit in 2019 – who did it better?”
Sachin, however, played down the comparison and in his reply to ICC, said, “We both are from INDIA and in this case, AAMCHI MUMBAI as well….So heads I win, tails you lose!(sic)”
After the match, Rohit credited the birth of his new-born daughter for his excellent run of form. “It’s just the space I’m in right now; having a newly born daughter in my life has put me in a really good space. I am enjoying my cricket coming off from a great IPL campaign. Here we were focussed on starting well and I think as a team we are heading in the right direction,” said Rohit.