It was a thriller at Hamilton as New Zealand went on to beat India in the final T20 International and clinch the series 2-1. Lead by Rohit Sharma, India sent the Kiwis to bat and endured a poor show at the field. It was simply not Rohit’s day as the bowlers conceded runs. A couple of dropped catches and misfields ensured the hosts reached a mammoth 212/4 in 20 overs. Luck, simply, was not Rohit’s side, nor with India.
Speaking of luck, we noticed that Rohit was wearing jersey number ‘33’ today, instead of his own which has the number ‘45’ on it. For the unaware, shirt number ‘33’ belongs to Hardik Pandya. Rohit covered up Hardik’s name with tape. The scene was similar to that of the second T20 at Auckland when the skipper donned Vijay Shankar’s jersey and covered up the latter’s name. Shankar's jersey has the number 59 on it. Things got interesting when India arrived to bat. Hardik and Rohit were both on the pitch at one point, which meant there were two batsmen on the ground wearing jersey ‘33’!
Unfortunately, 33 proved to be unlucky for Rohit as India lost the match by 4 runs. India finished the game at 208 in 20 overs. It was a well-fought encounter that was worthy of a final match. Unfortunately, it came at India’s expense. Could it be that 59 is a lucky number for the Hitman? And more importantly, what happened to number 45, the jersey he's always been wearing?