India vs West Indies 1st ODI: Watching Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli bat in full flow is probably the best sight in cricket and the fans in Guwahati got treated to that during the first ODI. The duo put on a 246-run stand to help India crush the touring Windies team by eight wickets. The two in the middle when in full flow make batting look ridiculously easy. During the partnership of 246, the duo hit 11 sixes and it was carnage. But, a certain shot by Rohit Sharma surprised even Kohli. Rohit Sharma effortlessly flicked a ball which nearly sailed over the ropes for a six.Also Read - IPL 2021: MS Dhoni's CSK Humble Virat Kohli's RCB With All-Round Show, Claim Top Spot
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It was not a six, but Kohli’s reaction, where he keenly watches the ball shows what that shot meant to him. In the past, Kohli too has admitted that Rohit when in full flow is better than him and that mind you, is a big statement coming from the World No 1 batsman. Also Read - IPL 2021 CSK vs RCB: Probable Playing 11s, Pitch Conditions, Head-to-Head, Live Match Time
Meanwhile, Kohli was out for a stupendous 140, whereas Rohit Sharma remained unbeaten on 152 along with Ambati Rayudu to see Inda home with 47 balls to spare. Windies had set India a target of 323 and India made a mockery of it. Earlier in the day, Shimron Hetmyer also slammed his third ODI ton, but no one apart from him contributed enough on a batting paradise.
Rohit and Virat broke a plethora of records. Rohit became the only batsman in the history of ODI cricket to register six scores in excess of 150 runs. Kohli, on the other hand, joined Tendulkar, Hayden and Joe Root to register 2000+ international runs in three consecutive years in international cricket.
“If they are set, it’s tough to get them out. They can hit groundstrokes and in the air with equal ease. It becomes tough against such batters,” said Jadeja after India’s commanding eight-wicket win.