Kolkata: Eden Gardens and Rohit Sharma are almost synonyms now. No one can ever forget his 264 runs knock against Srilanka in recent past. Rohit scored his first test century in this ground. So its quite obvious that Indian cricket lovers hope more cracking innings when he plays in this ground. On Wednesday Rohit didn’t dissapoint his fans. As he once again played a superb knock at the iconic Eden Gardens in the opening match of the Indian Premier League’s eighth edition against Kolkata Knight Riders. He can be now easily compared with Former Indian Captain Mohammad Azharuddin and one more classical Hyderabadi batsman VVS Laxman. As three of them has extra-ordinary records and stats in this very special ground.
After being invited to bat first by KKR, Mumbai lost three wickets inside first six overs. But in the pressure situation the skipper and opener of the team Sharma showed some patience in the middle. And once he got the able ally in Corey Anderson, he started to cut loose and hit the bowlers all over the park.
Rohit remained unbeaten till the very end of the innings and scored 98 runs off 65 balls, laced with 12 boundaries and four sixes. He stitched an unbeaten 131-run partnership for the fourth wicket with swashbuckling southpaw Anderson and put up a challenging total of 168.
Last time when Rohit played at Eden Gardens, five months back, he created a world record by becoming the highest ODI scorer in a match as he slammed 264 runs against Sri Lanka.
Sharma has a super track record on this ground. In fact, his maiden Test century also came on this very ground, when he played a super knock of 177 against West Indies in 2013. He had also scored a hundred on his IPL debut at the same ground.
However on Wednesday, Rohit’s 98-run knock went his vain as his side lost the match to KKR by seven wickets with nine balls to spare.