India vs Australia 2019 ODIs: Indian journalist Sunandan Lele on behalf of all journalists gave newly-turned-father Rohit Sharma a toy for his baby girl ‘Samaira’ during the press conference in Sydney on Thursday. It was a cute gesture and was equally loved by the cricketer who thanked the journalist for it instantly. Rohit had left the Test series midway when baby girl Samaira was born to be beside his wife Ritika. Now, he is back and has had a net session where he looked good and would be raring to take on the hosts in the format he prefers.

Here is the video of the gift:

At the presser, Rohit spoke about MS Dhoni and his importance in the current mix and what could the team composition look like when the big World Cup arrives.

In an interview to ANI, Rohit said, “Over the years we’ve seen the kind of presence he has in dressing room & on field. With him being around, there’s calmness around the group, it’s also a bit of a help to the captain, also going down the batting order & that finishing touch is very important.”

Rohit has a great chance of scripting a unique ODI record where he can overtake Windies legend Sir Viv Richards. Both Rohit and Sir Viv have scored three centuries each against Australia in Australia.

Whereas, Rohit has taken just 16 ODIs to achieve the feat, the Windies great managed to score the same number of tons in 40 outings. Thus, if Rohit manages to score one more hundred in the upcoming series versus Kangaroos, he will reach the top of the pile.

Most ODI Century against Australia in Australia

3 – R Sharma(16 Matches)
3 – V Richard(40)
2 – J Trott(7)
2 – VVS Laxman(9)
2 – GA Hick(10)
2 – V Kohli(12)

The three-match ODI series between Australia and India will begin on January 12 in Sydney. The second and third match will be played at Adelaide and Melbourne on January 15 and 18 respectively.