Team India got a much-needed boost in their first innings from opening batsman Rohit Sharma to reach a total of 308 runs in the second One-Day International (ODI) of the five-match series against Australia in Brisbane.
Amid his controversial survival in the 90s, the Mumbai batsman notched up his second consecutive hundred in the series. In the process, he also became only the third batsman to slam back-to-back centuries against Australia on their home turf. England's Grame Hick and Indian batting maestro VVS Laxman are the other two cricketers to have achieved the feat.
The right-hander, who slammed 11 fours and three sixes, was finally dismissed for 124 runs with cricket fans showering plaudits on the social media. While, Rohit Sharma was being hailed by fans on the social media, another Sharma got Twitter buzzing for all the wrong reasons.
India's most-experienced seamer Ishant Sharma found himself in an awkward situation, not just on the field but also on Twitter. Having struggled with his own bowling, the lanky seamer denied Ravindra Jadeja and India their first wicket after dropping Shaun Marsh at long-on.
Australia were cruising at 48/0 after 12 overs and India desperately needed a breakthrough to rattle the opposition's run-chase. The chance was created by Jadeja on the second delivery of the third over when Marsh, who was batting on 19, lofted the ball straight down the throat of Ishant.
But, against the popular perception and to the utter dismay of the Indian fans, the Indian seamer dropped a dolly to instigate a round of boos at the Gabba. The poor fielding also prompted the Twitterati to take a dig at the Indian player.
Jadeja and Team India finally got their first wicket after Ajinkya Rahane, who had scored a brilliant 89 earlier in the day, took a blinder to cut short Aaron Finch's blitzkrieg at 71 in the 25th over.
Ishant finally got rid of Marsh (71) in the 30th over after getting him caught at short cover, but only 52 runs later.
Here's a look at how the Twitterati reacted towards Ishant Sharma's poor fielding display:
Ishant Sharma should be made captain so that he can drop himself easily- EngiNerd. (@mainbhiengineer) January 15, 2016
Q: What is common between Rohit Sharma and Ishant Sharma ?A: Both have the potential to get 200 against their name in every game#IndvsAus- The-Lying-Lama (@KyaUkhaadLega) January 15, 2016
Ishant Sharma picked, Ishant Sharma dropped#IndvsAus- Gaurav Sethi (@BoredCricket) January 15, 2016
I have tremendous confidence in our batting... But then... There is Ishant Sharma 😂😂😕 #IndvsAus- सिमरन चौहान ;) (@CricrazyGal) January 15, 2016
Lord Ishant comes into attack 😛Completely opposite of Rohit sharma coz Rohit Sharma scores 100 & Ishant Sharma concedes 100 😂😂 #AusvInd- Rohan Gaonkar (@rohan_cricket27) January 15, 2016
Given the fact that Ishant Sharma's mouth is always wide open,he cud hv tried taking the catch with his mouth #IndvsAus 2nd ODI- TheSilentCommentator (@TheSilentComm) January 15, 2016