During the first ODI series between India and Sri-Lanka at Guwahati, the Indian batting line-up ran riot against their Asian counterparts with blistering knocks from Rohit Sharma, Shubhman Gill and Virat Kohli. Sri-Lanka have been asked to chase down a mammoth total of 374 runs.
Meanwhile, Skipper Rohit Sharma who was playing his first match 2023 at home soil reached a career milestone of surpassing 9500 runs in the ODI format. He took on the Lankan pacers with total command and played confidently throughout the innings.
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As a result he was able to get to his fifty before getting played on by Dishan Mudhushanka for 83 runs. Rohit Sharma will be delighted to have opened his arms and get some runs under his belt. His knock included Nine 4’s and Three 6’s with a strike rate 123.88.
Rohit Sharma scored 83 in 67 balls with 9 fours and 3 sixes – a quality innings by the captain. A great start to the new year by The Hitman.
Well played, Rohit! pic.twitter.com/Ooue40CQe6
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It was not a bad way to start for Rohit Sharma, who had an underwhelming 2022 scoring 249 runs in 8 ODIs, averaging 41.50 with 3 half-centuries. In 2022, the Indian Skipper failed to score a single century in the entire year for the first time since 2012.
However, the way he has kicked off 2023, we could be seeing a Century from his bat sooner or later on this year. Rohit Sharma in 229 ODI innings has scored 9537 runs with 29 centuries 47 half-centuries on the way. His career best is of 264 runs against Sri-Lanka.
Today, he came on to bat alongside Shubhman Gill and added 143 runs before Gill got out for 70 runs. Both the openers took India to a flying start and eased the pressure on the Batters to follow. Virat Kohli who replace Gill in the middle, scored his 45th ODI Century and India are now looking highly favorites to win the match.