India defeated Australia by six wickets in the second T20I, which was shortened, at Nagpur thanks to Rohit Sharma’s quick-fire innings. The game was trimmed to eight overs each side on Friday because of the damp pitch. The India captain led his team over the finish line while chasing 91 with an unbeaten 46 off only 20 balls. Rohit, who is renowned for his graceful strokeplay, started aggressively by hitting three massive smashes off Josh Hazlewood in the first over. He added another six to his total by hitting Adam Zampa over long-off and smashing a Pat Cummins slower ball into the stands.

Rohit continued to score runs quickly as India lost KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, and Dinesh Karthik concluding the chase with 10 not out in two balls. With one game remaining in Hyderabad, Rohit, who was in commanding form, blasted four fours and as many sixes to help India tie the series.

The legendary Sunil Gavaskar critiqued Rohit’s lightning-quick 46, highlighting how he played to his strengths for a “measured” batting style and was judicious with his strokes rather than attempting anything new.

“The methodical approach Rohit displayed today was what you observed. He wasn’t defending anything specifically, but he was being much pickier. And, as you can see, he excels at playing those flip shots and swivel pull shots. When he intentionally plays on the wrong side and tosses the ball up in the air rather than into the bleachers, that is when he runs into difficulty. Gavaskar said on Star Sports that was the only thing the player would be on the lookout for.

“Other than that, he has no issues at all when he hits it inside his range. He ought to aim to do that. Today’s game was very thoughtfully played. He wasn’t going boom right away; he was waiting, clipping the ball, and pulling. He said, “That’s why he batted so beautifully.