“Bete, aaj main taiyyar hoon…”: S Sreesanth Praises Rohit Sharma’s Performance In Asia Cup 2023 Against Pakistan

The Asia Cup 2023 brought cricket fans across the globe to the edge of their seats, and one defining moment stood out: Rohit Sharma’s audacious flick against Pakistan’s Shaheen Shah Afridi. 

As the stage was set for the Super 4 match between India and Pakistan, the spotlight was on Rohit Sharma. The pre-match narrative often circled Rohit’s perceived struggle against the incoming deliveries from left-arm pacers. However, Rohit Sharma was poised for the challenge on that fateful day at the R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo.

Winning the toss and electing to bat, India embarked on their innings, but Rohit Sharma’s explosive start set the tone. In the first over bowled by Shaheen Shah Afridi, Rohit, with nonchalant ease, flicked the left-arm pacer for a maximum. This act of defiance reverberated across the stadium, signalling his opponents that he was ready for whatever they could throw at him.

Former India fast bowler S Sreesanth, commenting on Rohit’s fearless approach, stated, “There was a lot of talk that Rohit struggles when the ball comes in. But we saw when the ball came in, it went out [for six]. With the flick he played, he told Afridi, ‘Bete, aaj main taiyyar hoon [Son, I am ready]’. Shaheen Afridi will always remember that flick. He may have dismissed Rohit many times, but even while sleeping, he might think about that flick.”

As Rohit Sharma dazzled with his explosive start, the stage was set for a dominating performance. Although Rohit and Shubman Gill eventually fell after scoring their respective half-centuries, Virat Kohli and KL Rahul took the reins. Their unbeaten centuries and an unbroken 233-run partnership for the third wicket became the highest partnership for India against Pakistan in ODIs, further cementing India’s dominance in the match.

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Rohit Sharma’s fearless flick against Shaheen Shah Afridi became the defining moment of the Asia Cup 2023 Super 4 match. It declared that Rohit was unafraid, ready for any challenge, and capable of attacking the opposition. This iconic shot symbolises the spirit of the game, where courage, skill, and determination blend to create unforgettable moments that cricket enthusiasts cherish.

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