2nd ODI: Gives you that confidence when an experienced batter is batting, says Rohit on KL Rahul
But Rahul stood tall in an under-pressure situation to slam a gutsy unbeaten 64 off 103 balls and take India over the line for an unassailable 2-0 series lead. He stitched a crucial 75-run partnership off 119 balls with Hardik Pandya, before putting stands of 30 and 28 not out with Axar Patel and Kuldeep Yadav for hunting down the total with 40 balls to spare.
IND v SL, 1st ODI: 'Cannot get him out like that', says Rohit on withdrawing appeal against Shanaka for run-out at non-striker's end
Shanaka, batting on 98 in the final over, had gone too far out the crease at the non-striker's end and pacer Mohammad Shami wohipped off the bails and appealed for run-out. However, Rohit Sharma withdrew the appeal, which allowed Shanaka to complete his century and end the match at 108 not out as Sri Lana, chasing a massive total of 373/7 by India were restricted to 306/8 in 50 overs and lost the match by 67 runs on Tuesday night.
IND vs SL, 1st ODI: To get 370 plus total was a great effort from all batters, says Rohit Sharma
Then Virat Kohli smacked his second consecutive and overall 45th ODI century, 113 off 87 balls, making the most out of two reprieves while hitting 12 fours and a six for India to make an improbable 373/7. In reply, Sri Lanka made 306/8, with captain Dasun Shanaka's 88-ball 102 coming too late after opener Pathum Nissanka made 72 off 80 balls.
I have not decided to give up the format: Rohit Sharma on his T20I future
Rohit is set to make his return to competitive cricket through the first ODI against Sri Lanka at Guwahati on Tuesday, after sustaining a left thumb injury during the second ODI against Bangladesh on December 7. That injury made him unavailable for the third ODI, Tests against Bangladesh as well as the T20I series at home against Sri Lanka. In his absence, Pandya led India to a 2-1 series victory earlier this month
Has been an extremely exciting and emotional journey: Rohit Sharma on 12 years with Mumbai Indians
Eventually, Mumbai got him in and since then, Rohit has been their talismanic batter who has captained them to five IPL triumphs (2013, 2015, 2017, 2019 and 2020) and two trophies in the now-defunct Champions League T20 (2011 and 2013). "I can't believe it's been 12 years at Mumbai Indians. It has been an extremely exciting and emotional journey for me. We've achieved so much together with stalwarts, youngsters and our Paltan."
Players like Kohli, Rohit will play a massive role in the ODI World Cup: Gautam Gambhir
While Kohli was a member of the 2011 squad which won the World Cup on home soil, Rohit didn't feature in that tournament and was the leading run-getter in the 2019 ODI World Cup. Both Kohli and Rohit will be seen in 50-over action during India's upcoming ODI series against Sri Lanka, starting from January 10 in Guwahati.
Hardik Pandya to lead India in Sri Lanka T20Is, Rohit Sharma returns as captain in ODIs
Rohit, who injured his thumb on the Bangladesh tour, will return to lead the Indian team in ODI series against Sri Lanka. "The All-India Senior Selection Committee has picked national squads for the upcoming Sri Lanka Tour of India to be held in January 2023. The tour comprises three T20Is and as many ODIs," the BCCI said in a statement on Tuesday.
Injured Rohit Sharma ruled out of India's second Test against Bangladesh: Report
With Rohit not traveling to Dhaka, vice-captain KL Rahul will continue to lead India in the second and final Test of the series which India is currently leading by 1-0, after winning the first Test at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram by 188 runs. The report says news of Rohit's unavailability emerged on Monday (December 19) after it was found that the skipper's thumb has not fully healed and is suffering from a little bit of stiffness.
Will get to know about Rohit's availability in next day or two, says KL Rahul
Rohit had injured his left thumb while fielding in the second ODI against Bangladesh at Dhaka and had to fly back home to Mumbai to see a specialist, causing him to miss the third ODI and first Test. In his absence, Bengal opener Abhimanyu Easwaran was named as a replacement in the Indian squad for the first Test. "About Rohit, I think we will get to know in the next day or two. I am not even aware of it. The focus was completely on the Test match," said KL Rahul in the post-match press conference.
IND v BAN: Injury-hit India aim for aggressive play against Bangladesh as race to WTC final returns
As India, hit by multiple injuries of late including to captain Rohit Sharma, aim to play aggressive cricket, as said by stand-in skipper K.L. Rahul, against Bangladesh in the Test series opener at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, the race to make it to the WTC final for them also returns in a phase where Test cricket is happening from the sub-continent to the southern hemisphere.