These days, cricketers are seen sharing some interesting stories related to their cricketing career or matches which fans usually are not aware of. Following the trend, Indian vice-captain Rohit Sharma recalled his early cricketing days and shared a moment which left him surprised.
Speaking on the Star Sports show Cricket Connected, Rohit reminisced India versus Australia contest in the inaugural edition of T20 World Cup in South Africa. Rohit said he ‘couldn’t believe his eyes’ watching fans’ celebrations. The ‘Hitman’ revealed how fans play an essential part in the game and help the team to win matches.
Rohit opined that the scenes after ‘Men in Blue’ defeated the Aussies in the T20 World Cup semi-final was the time he realized the importance of fans. Rohit revealed that after the victory, the Indian team hotel was full of enthusiastic fans, cheering the triumph and dancing together.
“You never realize you’re playing for the Indian cricket team until you witness the support of the fans. I still remember when we won against Australia in the semi-final in 2007, our hotel was full of fans, and they were all celebrating and dancing,” said Rohit.
Rohit said that it was totally new for him as he had never experienced such a thing before. The Mumbaikar stated that seeing fans at the hotel was a completely different feeling than seeing the supporters in stadiums.
“I couldn’t believe my eyes as I hadn’t seen anything like this before. You always see fans in the stadium, but that day at the hotel, seeing all of those supporters, I felt that it is the fans’ passion and love that keeps the team going,” the 33-year-old added
The credit for India’s victory over Australia in the semi-final goes to Yuvraj Singh, who crushed Australian bowling attack with his awe-inspiring batting. The Chandigarh-born took Aussie bowlers to the cleaners and scored 70 off 30 balls, with five fours and five sixes. The explosive innings by Yuvi guided India to post a target of 188, which the Kangaroos failed to chase and thereby lost the game.