India’s 2007 World Cup victory showcased how a young squad beat the odds and emerged as champions. Among that new squad was a 20-year-old Rohit Sharma, who showed brilliant character and played a couple of match-winning knocks that helped Team India achieve their dream of becoming world champions. From struggling to be a regular member in the national squad to being known as batsman who has forged a reputation of hitting bowlers out of the park, Rohit Sharma has established himself as one of the most important players for the Indian team.
In the build-up to the ‘Hitman’ Rohit’s birthday on April 30th, Star Sports, India’s leading sports broadcaster, now presents fans an opportunity to relive some of his best innings in a specially curated show, ‘Hitman Special’ from April 26 – May 2, 2020 at 11 AM IST. In addition, full match reruns of Rohit’s Birthday Special will also be aired on Star Sports 1 Tamil, Telugu and Kannada from 11 am to 6.30 pm from April 26th, 2020 to May 1st, 2020.
Below is the list of games fans can look forward to watch ‘Hitman’ at his best only on the Star Sports network:
- World Cup 2015: India v Bangladesh
Defending champions India were the favourites for the quarter final clash with Bangladesh who entered the knockout stage in the World Cup for the first time. MS Dhoni won the toss and chose to bat first at the MCG giving openers Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan an opportunity to build the innings at the top. Rohit Sharma played one of his best innings in ICC tournaments as he managed to score a whopping 137 off 126 balls with 3 sixes and 14 fours. His ability to stay at the crease for long periods made sure that India reached the 300 mark and gave Bangladesh a tough target to chase. In the second innings, Indian pacers put on a brilliant show assuring a comprehensive victory for India as they won by 109 runs.
- World Cup 2019: India v South Africa
India’s 2019 World Cup campaign began with the Men in Blue facing South Africa who won the toss and chose to bat first. An inspiring performance from the bowlers in the first innings made sure that none of the South African batsmen settle in as they restricted the Proteas to 227 for 9 in 50 overs. Rohit Sharma yet again proved his mettle as he scored his first century of the tournament and took India to a comfortable victory. His unbeaten 122 was decorated with 13 boundaries and 2 sixes which gave India a brilliant start to the tournament.
- World Cup 2019, India v Sri Lanka
India’s final match in the group stage and a win against Sri Lanka would mean they would be at the top of the table. Sri Lanka won the toss and chose to bat but the Indian pacers played spoilsport as they reduced the Islanders to 55 for 4 in 12 overs. A valiant comeback from Angelo Mathews and Lahiru Thirimanne resulted in the team managing to reach a decent score of 264 for 7. Indian openers Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul set the perfect tone for the chase. Centuries scored by the duo ensured Team India to an emphatic win. Rohit Sharma’s inspiring knock of 103 off 94 – his 5th century of the tournament – made him the player of the match.
- World Cup, 2019, India v Bangladesh
Coming into this match, Bangladesh were high on confidence as they had won their previous match against Afghanistan and wanted to avenge their 2015 World Cup loss in the quarter finals. But the story wasn’t scripted that way. History repeated itself and Rohit Sharma yet again played a gem of a knock to decimate the Bangladesh’s bowling attack. Rohit and KL Rahul stitched their second 100-run partnership in the World Cup. ‘Hitman’ scored yet another century against Bangladesh in World Cup. His blistering knock of 104 off 92 balls included 5 sixes and 7 fours as India posted 314 for 9. Rohit was adjudged the player of the match as India emerged victorious after bowling out Bangladesh for 286.
- World Cup 2019, India v Pakistan
The seventh encounter of India and Pakistan in World Cups resulted in a jam-packed Old Trafford stadium with supporters cheering for their teams in Blue and Green. Virat Kohli’s Indian side was asked to bat by Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed. The Indian opening pair of KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma displayed a brilliant performance with an opening stand of 136. Rohit continued his fine forms in World Cups as he went on to score a massive 140 off just 113 balls. His ability of staying for long durations at the crease ensured India set a mammoth target of 337 from their 50 overs. An average batting performance from Pakistan and some tight bowling from the Indian bowlers resulted in India’s comfortable victory that took their tally to 7-0 against Pakistan in World Cups.
- Champions Trophy 2017, India v Pakistan
India’s opening pair of Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma led another Indian victory against Pakistan in ICC tournaments. With yet another century opening stand together, Rohit and Shikhar scored runs with ease playing shots all around the park. Rohit fell short of his century but his 91 runs right at the top gave the middle order freedom to come in and play their aggressive game. Captain Virat Kohli and Yuvraj Singh belted the Pakistani attack taking India to a humongous 319 for 3. The Indian bowlers played their part and restricted Pakistan to 164 for 9 as India won by 124 runs via the DLS method.
- India v Bangladesh, Rajkot 2019
Home side India were under pressure as Bangladesh were leading the 3-match T20I series after their victory at the Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi. Captain Virat Kohli opted to field and the move paid rich dividends. The Indian bowlers succeeded at restricting Bangladesh to 153 for 6 in their allotted 20 overs. Indian openers Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan came out all guns blazing as they tore apart the Bangladeshi attack. The duo brought up their 100 – run partnership in under 10 overs. India chased down the target in under 16 overs. Rohit Sharma led from the front with his unbeaten 85 off just 43 balls, an inning studded with 6 sixes and as many boundaries, proving to be the highlight of the chase. India levelled the series.
Relive some of Rohit Sharma’s extravagant performances for Team India exclusively on the Star Sports network
|HITMAN SPECIAL: ICC WC 2015, India vs Bangladesh||26-Apr||11:00 AM||Star Sports 1, Star Sports 2, Star Sports 3, Star Sports First, Star Sports 1 Hindi|
|HITMAN SPECIAL: ICC WC 2019, India vs South Africa||27-Apr||11:00 AM||Star Sports 1, Star Sports 2, Star Sports 3, Star Sports First, Star Sports 1 Hindi|
|HITMAN SPECIAL: ICC WC 2019, India vs Sri Lanka||28-Apr||11:00 AM||Star Sports 1, Star Sports 2, Star Sports 3, Star Sports First, Star Sports 1 Hindi|
|HITMAN SPECIAL: ICC WC 2019, India vs Bangladesh||29-Apr||11:00 AM||Star Sports 1, Star Sports 2, Star Sports 3, Star Sports First, Star Sports 1 Hindi|
|HITMAN SPECIAL: ICC WC 2019, India vs Pakistan||30-Apr||11:00 AM||Star Sports 1, Star Sports 2, Star Sports 3, Star Sports First, Star Sports 1 Hindi|
|HITMAN SPECIAL: ICC Champions Trophy 2017, India vs Pakistan||1-May||11:00 AM||Star Sports 1, Star Sports 2, Star Sports 3, Star Sports First, Star Sports 1 Hindi|
|HITMAN SPECIAL: India vs Bangladesh, 2nd T20I, Rajkot||2-May||11:00 AM||Star Sports 1, Star Sports 2, Star Sports 3, Star Sports First, Star Sports 1 Hindi|
Rohit Sharma Birthday Special Full Replay Telecast from 11 am to 6.30 pm on SS1 Tamil, Telugu and Kannada
|Date||Star Sports 1 Tamil||Star Sports 1 Kannada||Star Sports 1 Telugu|
|April 26 – Sunday||India vs WI Series 2018 – 4th ODI||ICC CWC 2019 IND v PAK||ICC CWC 2019 IND v PAK|
|April 27 – Monday||ICC CWC 2019 Ind vs SA||ICC CWC’19 – IND v SA||ICC CWC 2019 – IND v SA|
|April 28 – Tuesday||ICC CWC 2019 Ind vs SL||ICC CWC 2019 IND v SL||ICC CWC 2019 – IND v SL|
|April 29 – Wednesday||ICC CWC 2019 Ind vs Ban||ICC CWC 2019 IND v BAN||ICC CWC 2019 – IND v BAN|
|April 30 – Thursday||BCCI 2019 Ind vs WI 2nd ODI||IND vs WI 2nd ODI||India vs West Indies – 2nd ODI 2019|
|May 01 – Friday||BCCI 2020 Ind vs Aus 3rd ODI||IND vs AUS 3rd ODI 2020||3rd ODI IND v AUS 2020|