Return of Rohit Sharma to T20 Internationals after a hiatus of over 14 months didn’t unfold as anticipated. In the match against Afghanistan on Thursday, the Indian captain experienced a misfortune, finding himself at the wrong end of a run-out. Rohit, who had yet to score, faced this setback on the second delivery of the Indian innings. He played a fuller-length delivery from Fazalhaq Farooqi towards the off-side, initiating a run. Despite the mid-off fielder, Ibrahim Zadran, failing to gather the ball in the initial attempt, Rohit’s opening partner, Shubman Gill, remained rooted at the crease. This confusion led to both Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill ending up at the non-striker’s end. Subsequently, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, the wicketkeeper, efficiently removed the bails, resulting in Rohit’s dismissal.
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The innings of Rohit Sharma was unfortunately curtailed due to a mix-up, but Shubman Gill showcased confidence during his time at the crease until a remarkable display of reflexes by wicketkeeper Gurbaz led to the opener’s departure after scoring 23. The anticipation of Virat Kohli’s return to the T20I playing XI in the second match suggests that Shubman Gill might step aside for the senior batter, especially if Yashasvi Jaiswal recovers from his injury in time. Earlier in the T20I, the Indian bowlers delivered a disciplined performance, limiting Afghanistan to 158/5 in 20 overs. Axar Patel recorded impressive figures of 2/23, displaying economical bowling, while Mukesh Kumar also contributed with two wickets, conceding 33 runs. Mohammad Nabi emerged as Afghanistan’s top run-scorer, scoring 42 off 27 balls.
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