Mitchell McClenaghan’s Instagram post: The Kiwi fast bowler had recently posted a throwback photo from India’s tour of New Zealand in 2014.
During the first ODI of India’s tour of New Zealand in 2014 at Napier, New Zealand fast bowler Mitchell McClenaghan had brought an end to India opening batsman Rohit Sharma’s struggling knock.
Chasing 293 runs to win, India’s start had gone from bad to worse as Sharma ended his misery by hooking a short ball from McClenaghan straight to the fine leg fielder Tim Southee. He ended up scoring 3 (23).
The then India vice-captain Virat Kohli had scored his 18th ODI century, 123 (111), with the help of 11 fours and two sixes, to take India closer to the Kiwi total but to no effect as lack of support from the other end costed the Indian team.
In a recent throwback post on social media platform Instagram, McClenaghan uploaded a photograph after dismissing Sharma. Having tagged Sharma, the Kiwi pacer got a hilarious reply from his captain at Mumbai Indians.
“You got better of me there Mitch! Although really didn’t understand what you said,” read Sharma’s comment. The photo has been doing the rounds on the given platform since yesterday.
Having made his IPL debut in 2015, McClenaghan has been playing for Mumbai Indians for four years now. In 2015 and 2017, McClenaghan was part of the title-winning Indians squad. Given his camaraderie with Sharma, one expects it to be reason behind the recent banter on Instagram.
Having last played for New Zealand during the first semi-final of ICC World Twenty20 2016 against England at Delhi, McClenaghan has since then become a freelance T20 cricketer. Currently, he is representing Auckland in New Zealand’s domestic T20 competition, Super Smash.
Meanwhile, Sharma is currently playing in the third ODI against New Zealand at Mount Maunganui. Having scored his 39th ODI half-century, read some of the latest Twitter reactions on his knock below:
Back-to-back fifties for Rohit Sharma!
— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) January 28, 2019
— BCCI (@BCCI) January 28, 2019
Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli have lifted India to 93/1 in 20 overs. The visitors need 151 more runs to win the third ODI.
— ICC (@ICC) January 28, 2019
Rohit Sharma got out stumped only twice since the start of 2012 in International cricket. Mitchell Santner was the bowler on both instances. (2016 WT20 game in Nagpur is the other) #NZvIND
— Sampath Bandarupalli (@SampathStats) January 28, 2019