“You Can’t Bat Again”: AB de Villiers On Rohit Sharma-Super Over Controversy vs Afghanistan

Rohit Sharma in 3rd T20I against Afghanistan© BCCI/Sportzpics

India registered a 3-0 clean sweep over Afghanistan in the recently-concluded T20I series last week. The series marked the return of India skipper Rohit Sharma and star batter Virat Kohli back in the T20Is after a gap of 14 months. The third T20I became an interesting watch as the result of the match was determined after two super-overs. After a long, thrilling battle, Team India clinched the victory by 10 runs and won the series with 3-0 scoreline. However, this match also grabbed some controversy after Rohit returned to bat in the second super over.

In the first super over, India needed 17 to win off 6 balls. Rohit scored 14 runs before walking back to the dugout. It looked like that he got retired out and as per the guidelines, a player cannot bat in the second super over, if he/she has been declared out in the first super over.

However, Rohit returned to bat for India in the second over, leaving everyone curious that whether he was retired hurt or retired out.

Speaking about the incident, South Africa legendary batter AB de Villiers stated that a player cannot bat again if he gets out in the first super over. He also stated that it might have been the fault of the broadcasters.

“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 was retired hurt due to an injury and maybe it was a scoring mistake to show him out,” De Villiers said on his YouTube channel.

De Villiers also lavished praises on India batter Rinku Singh and stated that he is a match-winner and his consistency is needed to win the games.

“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.”

Across 15 games and 11 innings in T20Is for India, Rinku has scored 356 runs at an average of 89.00 and a strike rate of over 176 with two half-centuries. He has been making a name for himself as a finisher for Team India.

(With ANI Inputs)

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