It’s foolish to imitate Rohit Sharma: KL Rahul

Rohit Sharma admitted there were “lessons” to be learnt from England’s bowlers after India suffered their first defeat of this World Cup against the hosts on Sunday. — AFP  File

Bangladesh's Tamim Iqbal reacts after dropping a catch of India's Rohit Sharma during their World Cup match.

The frailty of India's middle-order stands out like a sore thumb as the World Cup moves into the all-important knockout stage.

The Men in Blue have now qualified for the semis and Rahul said that the boys did enjoy a bit of a party in the dressing room after the win over Bangladesh at the Edgbaston Cricket Ground.

After being survived, Rohit bludgeoned Bangladeshi bowlers all corner of the park to bring his fourth ton in the World Cup and when he was dismissed by Soumya Sarkar, he already struck 92 ball-104 with seven fours and five sixes to completely throw the Tigers out of the match. He has the maximum number of centuries in the tournament so far and is now a joint record holder with Kumar Sangakkara for the most centuries in a single edition of the World Cup. He was only behind Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma. Wonderful hunger and consistency, ' former India opener Virender Sehwag wrote on Twitter.

It's not easy to curb one's temptation, especially if the batsman at the other end is someone like Rohit Sharma or Virat Kohli.

'He is a joy to watch and is having the tournament of his life. "When he plays, we are heading towards a big score and really happy with the way he's playing", said Kohli at the post-match presentation ceremony.

Graham Gooch was the batsman who edged the ball to More when on 36; however, the wicketkeeper's failure to cling on to the ball cost his team a staggering 297 runs more.

The India vice-captain explained his approach after scoring a century in a losing cause against England on Sunday.

Speaking on his slow starts, Rahul said, "If I would get set, I can later make runs".

The 32-year-old is the leading run-getter in the tournament with 544 runs under his name. India scored a massive 352/5 and won the match by 36 runs.

He has a strike-rate of over 88 and has hit 26 centuries and 42 fifties in his glittering career. I gave them my blessings.

That good space could turn into a great space if he can inspire the team to World Cup glory at Lord's on July 14.