A brilliant half-century from Suryakumar Yadav and his stand with batter Shreyas Iyer powered India to a seven-wicket win over the hosts West Indies in the third T20I of five-match series on Wednesday.
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Rohit’s comments came in the backdrop of his decision to bring in Avesh Khan (1/31 from 2.2 overs) to bowl the last over of the low-scoring second T20I instead of the more experienced Bhuvneswar Kumar (0/12 from 2 overs).
The Indian skipper got to this landmark during the first ODI against England at The Oval in Kennington on Tuesday.
Kohli, who has not scored a hundred across formats since November 2019, failed to make an impact in the couple of T20s against England.
After taking over the captaincy from Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma took the Men in Blue to victory against New Zealand, West Indies, Sri Lanka, and now England.
The 35-year-old all-format captain missed out on playing the rescheduled fifth Test against England as he tested positive on the second day of the four-day warm-up game against Leicestershire.
Rohit Sharma has completed his 15 years in international cricket for India. He made his ODI debut for the national side on this day in 2007 against Ireland in Belfast.
Widely hailed as one of the best of his generation, Rohit continues to be a star batter for India, particularly in white-ball cricket.
The duo topped the bowling and batting averages on last year’s tour of England – a series that was ended one game early due to a COVID scare and will be completed with a one-off Test in July.
Mumbai, the five-time IPL champions, have endured a disastrous start to the tournament, losing all three matches and are placed ninth on the points table with a net run rate (NRR) of -1.362.
Five-time champions MI has endured a disappointing start to the season, losing their first three matches against Delhi Capitals, Rajasthan Royals and Kolkata Knight Riders.
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Team India are set to play three ODIs at the Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad from February 6 followed by the T20I series at the Eden Gardens, Kolkata from February 16.
Shami achieved this feat after taking a fifer on Day 3 of the ongoing first Test against South Africa here at the SuperSport Park, Centurion.
For Rohit, rather than thinking about winning the marquee finals, the message to the boys will be to focus on the process rather than the end goal.
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The BCCI, it is learnt, waited for the last 48 hours for Kohli, who has already relinquished T20 captaincy, to voluntarily step down from ODI leadership as well but he did not. By the 49th hour, losing the position to Rohit Sharma was simply ‘fait accompli’.
Rohit, who is Kohli’s deputy in the T20 World Cup, is tipped to take the mantle of captain of the India T20I side from the upcoming shortest format matches against New Zealand at home, beginning November 19.
Rohit missed the opening game as the team management felt it was important to give him some more recovery time after he injured himself during the Test series in England.
Mumbai Indians, who are the defending champions, will play Chennai Super Kings in Dubai on September 19 in a match that will resume IPL 2021.
While Kohli has been very successful in Test cricket, the onus of leading the side in limited-overs cricket could fall on Sharma because of the former’s failure to guide the side to victory in ICC events despite having some of the best bowlers and batters in the game.
“A top class innings from a high class player. Take a bow #RohitSharma. Could well be a series defining innings. Come on, let’s get a big lead,” tweeted former India batsman VVS Laxman on Saturday.
Rohit’s scores of 19 and 59 in the third Test lifted him one place to a career-best fifth position, seven rating points more than Kohli for an aggregate of 773.
By stumps on the third evening, India reached 215 for two in their second innings courtesy of Pujara and Rohit, who scored a half-century while skipper Virat Kohli was also closing in on his milestone.
India went from 97 for no loss to 112/4 as the Indian batsmen fell to swing from James Anderson as well as a run out [of Rahane].
Rohit had scored 65 and 60 not out in the last two T20 Internationals he played back in January-February 2020.