Rohit Sharma’s 16th ODI hundred helped India reach a dominant position in the second match vs Sri Lanka in Mohali.
Rohit Sharma smashed his maiden hundred as India captain and the 16th of his career as India took a stranglehold over Sri Lanka in the second ODI of the three-match series.
This was Rohit’s sixth ODI hundred of 2017 – the joint most with Virat Kohli, who is the leading run-scorer in the format.
Rohit, standing in as India captain in Kohli’s absence, had a nightmarish time in Dharamsala. He was dismissed for 2 and India were bundled out for 112 before Sri Lanka romped home with seven wickets to spare.
However, it was a different story on Wednesday as India fought back in typical style in Mohali on a flat pitch. He was watchful in a 115-run stand with Shikhar Dhawan before opening up when Shreyas Iyer joined him in the middle.
Inns to reach 16th ODI 100 (for India)
110 Virat Kohli
151 Sourav Ganguly
167 Rohit Sharma
185 Sachin Tendulkar#IndvSL
— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) December 13, 2017
Rohit loves the Sri Lankan bowling attack – before this innings, he had hammered two hundreds in the five-match ODI series in Sri Lanka and marked a Test comeback with a stylish century in Nagpur.
Rohit and Kohli have led India’s charge in ODIs this year. While Kohli is the leading run-scorer with 1460 runs, Rohit is a not too distant second in the list.
Rohit was in fine form in late 2016 before an injury ruled him out of international cricket for seven months. He returned to competitive cricket during the IPL and made 333 runs from 17 matches as Mumbai Indians lifted the trophy for a record third time.
Rohit was an automatic choice to partner Shikhar Dhawan in the Champions Trophy and he made an immediate impact with scores of 91, 78, 12 and 123 not out as India stormed to the final. However, he was dismissed for a duck in the title clash against Pakistan.
Rested for the bilateral series against West Indies, Rohit returned for the Sri Lanka tour with scores of 54, 124 not out and 104. Against Australia, he carried on from where he left off in Sri Lanka and smashed successive scores of 71, 65 and 125 as India won the series 4-1.
Later in the year, Rohit turned his attention on New Zealand and set up India’s victory in Kanpur with a scintillating 147.