India’s cricket fans eagerly awaited Rohit Sharma’s return to the T20I scene after a 14-month hiatus, but his comeback in the first T20I against Afghanistan turned into a nightmare. The captain faced a shocking dismissal, playing only two balls before getting out for a duck in a disastrous mix-up with non-striker Shubman Gill in Mohali on Thursday.
The early setback occurred as India began their chase of 159 runs. Rohit, on the second delivery of the innings, smashed a powerful shot to mid-off off Fazalhaq Farooqi’s delivery. However, Ibrahim Zadran’s impressive fielding effort halted the ball. Rohit, perhaps too eager to get off the mark, called for a run immediately. Unfortunately, Gill, engrossed in tracking the ball, failed to respond to the captain’s call for a run.
Zadran swiftly collected the ball and executed a precise throw to the striker’s end, catching Rohit off guard. Frustration and disappointment were palpable on Rohit’s face as he vented his displeasure at Gill while making his way back to the dugout.
This unexpected moment during match left fans and cricket enthusiasts surprised and disheartened. Rohit’s return, anticipated with excitement, took an unexpected turn, raising questions about team coordination and communication on the field.
The captain’s visible anger and emotional outburst underscored the gravity of the mix-up and its impact on the team’s performance. The incident serves as a reminder of the importance of effective communication and coordination between batsmen, especially in the fast-paced format of T20 cricket.
As India faced Afghanistan in Mohali, Team India beats Afghanistan by 6 wickets in their first match of 3-match series.