AB de Villiers Weighs In on Rohit Sharma’s Super Over Drama in Thrilling India-Afghanistan T20 Series

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In a riveting T20 series that saw India secure a convincing 3-0 clean sweep against Afghanistan, the spotlight turned to an unexpected controversy, drawing the attention of cricket enthusiasts worldwide. The return of India’s skipper, Rohit Sharma, and star batter Virat Kohli to T20Is after a 14-month hiatus added anticipation to the match.

The climactic third T20I unfolded as a spectacle, culminating in an intense battle that extended to two super-overs. Ultimately, Team India emerged victorious by 10 runs, sealing the series with a 3-0 scoreline. However, amidst the celebrations, a contentious incident took centre stage when Rohit Sharma returned to bat in the second super over.

During the initial super over, India needed 17 runs to win off 6 balls. Rohit contributed 14 runs before making his way back into the dugout. The confusion arose from whether he was retired hurt or retired out, as per the guidelines stating that a player declared out in the first super over cannot bat again in the second.

Addressing the intriguing incident, South African cricket legend AB de Villiers shared his perspective on his YouTube channel.

Double Super Over, unbelievable (smiles). You can’t bat again if you are declared out in the first super over. I think maybe they will claim that he retired hurt due to an injury, and maybe it was a scoring mistake to show him out, remarked De Villiers.

Amid the discussion, De Villiers also took a moment to commend India’s batter Rinku Singh, describing him as a fantastic player and match-winner. He emphasized the significance of consistency in winning games, saying,

Rinku is a fantastic player, a match-winner, and it is good to see him become consistent as well. You need to be a consistent player who is always trying to win games for your team.

Rinku Singh’s impressive record in T20Is for India, boasting 356 runs across 15 games and 11 innings with an average of 89.00 and a strike rate of over 176, has firmly established him as a reliable finisher for Team India.

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