Rohit Sharma plays a shot against Bangladesh in Melbourne on Thursday.
Melbourne: Rohit Sharma found an admirer in Brian Lara at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, on Thursday.
While the other Indian top-order batsmen were struggling to force the pace against a disciplined Bangladesh attack, Rohit mixed caution with aggressive intent on way to his first World Cup hundred.
“He’s got very little backlift, but is wonderful to watch when in full flow,” the West Indian legend said on an Australian channel.
“He curtailed his shots to build the innings and that shows his maturity. He batted with supreme responsibility,” said Lara.
He, however, came down heavily on the umpiring. Rohit surprisingly escaped after being caught by Imrul Kayes in the deep when on 90. The reason: Leg-umpire Aleem Dar thought Rubel Hossain’s delivery was above the permissible height and declared it a no-ball when it was actually dipping after Rohit had met the ball waist high.
“A terrible decision… How can it be a no-ball?” fumed Lara.
Bangladesh paid dearly for the decision as Rohit went on to make 137 off 126 balls. His 122-run partnership for the fourth wicket with Suresh Raina rescued the side after Bangladesh had threatened to stifle them.