India vs Pakistan: India opener Rohit Sharma brought up his 24th ODI ton against Pakistan at Old Trafford. It is his second ton in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. He slammed the first during India’s opener against South Africa. Initially, Rohit took his time as the ball was doing a bit on a lively pitch. Rohit brought up his fifty in 34 balls and then changed gears brilliantly and played the ball according to its merit. There was nothing rash and apart from a couple of missed runouts from Pakistan, Hitman played a chanceless knock. During his ton, he also pipped MS Dhoni and Sachin Tendulkar to register most sixes for an Indian in international cricket.
Here is how Twitter lauded Rohit Sharma:
“We will bowl first. It has been raining, so the conditions are good for bowling. We have quality spinners and we backed them today. We are not thinking about 6-0,” Sarfaraz said at the toss, referring to India’s unbeaten record against Pakistan at the World Cup.
Virat Kohli said: “We would have bowled first, to be honest. The wicket looks really nice though and we have two wrist spinners in our team. We will be in good stead if we bat well. We have been playing good cricket, and we don’t want to tinker with the team combination. We have one forced change, Shikhar misses out and Vijay Shankar comes in his place. He is a solid batsman, brilliant in field and gives us few overs too.”