India vs West Indies: Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma created a new record by surpassing Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid to become fastest to 4000 ODI run as a pair. Rohit-Kohli reached the milestone in merely 66 partnerships whereas Sourav-Dravid took 80 partnerships to reach the milestone. Rohit and Kohli breached the 4000-run mark during the final ODI at Trivandrum against the touring Windies side where the Men in Blue beat the visitor’s by nine wickets to clinch the five-match ODI series 3-1. Also Read - Graeme Smith Backs Sourav Ganguly For ICC President's Role, Hails Former India Captain Ability as Leader And Administrator
The hosts wrapped up Windies for a small total of 104 in 31.5 overs before making a mockery run chase. After losing opener Shikhar Dhawa early, vice-captain Rohit Sharma (63*) and skipper Virat Kohli (33*) knitted an unbeaten 99-run stand that made sure that the men in blue romp to an easy win with no more wickets to fall.
Rohit also became the fastest in the world to hit 200 sixes in ODI history.
Rohit continued his fine form, notching up a half-century, in the process going past the 1,000-run mark for the calendar year 2018 and also hitting his 200th six in ODIs.
The India vice-captain had a lucky escape when he was caught behind by Shai Hope off Oshane Thomas’ bowling on 18. He made most of that reprieve as he hit five boundaries and struck five imperious sixes. Kohli too was solid at the other end and his innings comprised six fours.
In the process, India also won its sixth consecutive bilateral ODI series on home soil.
Most consecutive bilateral series wins for India against an opponent:
8 vs SL, 2007 – present
8 vs WI, 2007 – present
6 vs ZIM, 1998 – present
4 vs ENG, 2011-17
West Indies: 103 all out in 31.5 overs (Holder 25; Ahmed 2/29, Jadeja 4/33, Bumrah 2/11).
India: 105/1 in 14.5 overs (Rohit Sharma not out 63, Virat Kohli not out 33).