Rohit Sharma - A perfect blend of beauty and grace

Rohit richly deserved the two records — becoming the only batsman to score four T20I hundreds and being the leading run-scorer for India in the shortest format by surpassing Virat Kohli — he earned while notching up his breathtaking unbeaten knock of 111.

India's Rohit Sharma, when in full flow, is a beauty to watch. Rohit scored a scintillating 111 in the second T20 against West Indies at Lucknow on Tuesday.   -  PTI

When in full flow, Rohit Sharma is a thing of beauty and grace. Wearing the blues, Rohit becomes an adept magician and his bat a magic wand as he entertains the awe-struck audience with his expertise and finesse.

There can be no dispute that after Virender Sehwag, Rohit is one batsman people would love to pay to watch. The Rohit Sharma Show at the A.B. Vajpayee Ekana Stadium's debut international match, the second T20I natch between India and West Indies, made the night memorable as people left the magnificent venue raving about the batting wizard.

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Be it the stunning six off Carlos Brathwaite to the sightscreen or the double on the legside off Fabian Allen's bowling or the single over mid-off in a Oshane Thomas over, the seven arches Rohit constructed at Ekana made a mimicry of the talk about the big size of the ground.

Rohit's hits over the rope stole the limelight from his hits to the fence, which also bore the prolific batsman's class and timing.

The Mumbaikar's dazzling show ensured itself a place in the cricketing folklore of Lucknow.

Rohit richly deserved the two records — becoming the only batsman to score four T20I hundreds and being the leading run-scorer for India in the shortest format by surpassing Virat Kohli — he earned while notching up his breathtaking unbeaten knock of 111.

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His fine performance helped him amass 2203 runs in T20Is and leapfrog not only Kohli, but also Shoaib Malik and Brendon McCullum to take the second place behind Martin Guptill (2271 runs).

In the current form, Rohit should not take much time to claim the number one slot.

Rohit's dominance in limited overs cricket is unmistakable. In the 50-over format, he also stands out with a unique record of being the only man to have scored three double hundreds.

Rohit's aggressive celebration, bordering on anger, after getting to the three-figure mark here was perhaps due to his frustration of not being a regular member of the Indian Test side yet.

It's a pity such a great timer of the ball still needs to prove himself in the longer version of the game.

It's Test cricket's loss that it has not seen much of Rohit's fireworks when the champion batsman sports the whites.