After Sachin Tendulkar who was born and brought up in Mumbai, it is Rohit sharma who is considered as Mumbai’s promising asset as far as IPL tournament is concerned. He has many fan following across India but more fans in Mumbai just because he is leading their IPL team. But Rohit Sharma started his IPL career as Deccan Chargers batsmen. He played three seasons in the team which won the second season of the IPL tournament. In one of the match he played under the veteran player Gilchrist, Rohit Sharma once disappointed the Mumbai Indians team fans and owners that too not by his batting. He hurt them with his bowling performance which none of the opponents will be expecting.
Rohit Sharma is one of the few players to have won three IPL titles – two with Mumbai Indians and one for the erstwhile Deccan Chargers in 2009. Long before he signed for Mumbai, Rohit had tormented them with a match winning spell during the second season when he took a hat-trick.
It was the 32nd match of the IPL 2009 played at the SuperSport Park in Centurion, then Deccan Captain Adam Gilchrist won the toss and elected to bat first. Deccan posted a respectable total of 145 for six in their allotted 20 overs. Rohit was the highest scorer for Deccan with 38 valuable runs.
On May 6, in Centurion, Rohit top-scored for the Chargers with 38 in a total of 145. With the match in balance as JP Duminy steered the Mumbai chase despite the wobbling start, opposition captain Adam Gilchrist decided to make use of Rohit’s offspin in the 16th over. With six wickets remaining, Mumbai needed 46 from 30 balls and a set Duminy gave them the edge. Chasing the total Mumbai Indians were cruising towards the total with ease. In the 16th over of the innings Gilchrist invited Rohit Sharma to bowl who was a right-hand off-break bowler. Certainly, handing the ball to a part-timer at a crucial juncture was a gamble but Chargers benefitted from a similar move earlier in the match when Tirumalasetti Suman removed Dwayne Bravo.
Rohit’s first four balls of the over were uneventful except for Duminy reaching his half-century. Three runs came off them and then the complexion changed with his final two of the over. A single off the fourth brought Abhishek Nayar on the strike. The delivery was full, angled towards the leg stump and Nayar went for a paddle sweep but he missed it completely to be bowled. Next came Harbhajn Singh and his attempt to clear the mid-wicket fence off the first delivery he faced, came a cropper as an inside edge crashed on the leg stump. Two in two for Rohit and Mumbai had slipped to 103/6 after 16 overs.
Rohit again came to bowl the 18th over This time he was on a hat-trick. He bowled a very straight ball to JP Duminy. The South African was caught behind by the Gilchrist. Rohit got his first ever hat-trick. The whole stadium was jubilant so were Rohit and his teammates.
Rohit ended his majestic spell with the figures of 4 wickets allowing 6 runs off two overs and helped his team beat the Mumbai Indian by 19 runs. Watch the hatrick video here :