India opener Rohit Sharma is on the verge of breaking another record of former India captain MS Dhoni. Now that Dhoni has been rested for the remainder of the five-match ODI series against Australia, Rohit has the golden opportunity of going past Dhoni’s record to become the leading six-hitter for India in ODI cricket. Dhoni currently stands at 217 sixes, whereas Rohit has 216. Rohit needs two big blows to surpass Dhoni. Given the nature of the pitch at Mohali, Rohit would surely stand a solid chance of achieving the record when India host Australia in the 4th ODI at Mohali on March 10.
The Men in Blue lead the series 2-1 and would dearly hope to seal the series at Mohali. The Men in Blue suffered a loss at Ranchi after winning the first two ODIs. Kohli’s men would not like Australia to thrive on confidence. Kohli, the Indian captain is personally in the form of his life. The No 1 batsman in the world has registered back to back centuries in the last two matches and is on the cusp of a world record. If Kohli slams his 42nd ODI ton at Mohali, he will become the first batsman ever to hit two hattrick of centuries. Kohli became the first Indian to hit three consecutive centuries against Windies last year. He is on the verge of repeating it in 2019.
Meanwhile, India would have their eyes set on confirming the World Cup squad as that tournament later in the year happens to be the big one Kohli’s men have been targetting for a long time now.
India (From): Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli(c), Ambati Rayudu, Rishabh Pant(w), Kedar Jadhav, Vijay Shankar, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Lokesh Rahul
Australia (From): Aaron Finch(c), Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Peter Handscomb, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey(w), Pat Cummins, Jhye Richardson, Nathan Lyon, Adam Zampa, Jason Behrendorff, Ashton Turner, Andrew Tye