new Delhi: Even in the 13th season of the Indian Premier League (IPL), fans of Mumbai Indians may have been waiting for long sixes with their captain Rohit Sharma on the UAE soil, but until a few years from now Rohit was also expected to have a charismatic performance in bowling.
Not only this, the credit of making the first hat-trick of IPL history is also recorded in the account of this legendary batsman known as Hitman. This feat of taking 3 consecutive wickets with the ball was done by Rohit against his same Mumbai Indians team, which he is constantly taking on a new position every time under his captaincy. He has made Mumbai the most winning team in IPL history.
Work done in IPL-2009
All the matches of the second season of IPL were played on South African soil. Because of this, all the teams gave more attention to the fast bowlers in their attack. Due to this, spin bowling was made more than the part time bowlers present in the team. Meanwhile, on 6 May 2009, playing against Mumbai Indians for Deccan Chargers, Rohit took 4 wickets for just 6 runs, including a hat-trick.
First made significant contribution with bat
In the 32nd match of IPL-2009, Deccan Chargers scored 145 runs for 6 wickets while batting first. Rohit had contributed significantly to this small score of the Chargers by playing an innings of 38 runs. It was then believed that Mumbai with the presence of veterans like Sachin Tendulkar and Sanath Jayasuriya would achieve this goal soon. But something else happened.
First RP and then Rohit wreaked havoc
Mumbai Indians started off chasing the target and the fast bowler RP Singh returned Sachin and Jayasuriya cheaply. But at the other end, South Africa’s T20 specialist JP Duminy froze. Deccan captain Adam Gilchrist suddenly bowled the 15th over to Rohit. At that time Mumbai Indians needed 43 runs from 26 balls and Duminy was close to Fifty. In such a situation, the victory of Mumbai was being considered. But Rohit created havoc and wreaked havoc.
Charisma done by making a broken hat trick
Rohit did not get a chance to score runs in the 15th over and returned the pavilion to Abhishek Nair on the 5th ball. On the next ball, he surprised Harbhajan Singh with his off spin, who sat the ball on his pad and was lbw out. However, Rohit’s work was not over yet, as Duminy was present on the wicket.
Duminy completed his 50 runs in the 16th over. Rohit came with the 17th over and beat Duminy on the first ball, who caught a catch in the hands of wicketkeeper Gilchrist. With this, Rohit’s ‘Broken hat-trick’ was completed, which was also the first hat-trick of IPL history. With his bowling, Deccan Chargers also won the match.
No bowling for 6 years
Rohit Sharma has recorded 15 wickets in his account in the IPL and has also performed very strongly for Team India with his part time off spin, but he has not been bowling for the last 6 years. In fact, due to a minor problem in his shoulder during IPL-2014, he has given full attention to his batting, leaving the temptation of bowling.
The only cricketer to score a century and a hat-trick in IPL
Rohit also has a tremendous record in his name that he is the only cricketer to score a century in bat and a hat-trick in the IPL. No all-rounder in the world has been able to equal this record. Rohit made his first century in IPL in 52 balls against KKR in 2012, three seasons after taking a hat-trick.
The first trial was given as an off-spinner
Rohit gave the first trial as an off-spinner to start his cricket career. According to his childhood coach Dinesh Lad, when Rohit came on the field at the age of 12, the trial was going on, in which there was a long line of batsmen. Seeing the line, Rohit gave trial as an off-spinner. Later one day when Lad saw him knocking with the bat on the field, he got convinced and made him a batsman.