Team India vice captian Rohit Sharma struck his fifth century of 2018 and an overall 21st century of his One-day International (ODI) career during the all-important fourth ODI, today at Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai, between India and West Indies. Jason Holder, who dismissed Rohit in the previous match by rattling the stumps, bowled a short ball and in reply, Rohit pulled it away, beating the fielder at deep mid for four and that brought up the century for the local batsman.
Rohit looked well on course for an unprecedented fourth ODI double-hundred, but the right-hander fell just short as he was dismissed for 162 off 137. His knock was laced with 20 fours and 4 sixes.
Now, he is within one century away of former India captain Sourav Ganguly;s record of 22 ODI tons. Mumbai born Rohit, playing his first international match at the iconic Brabourne Stadium, played with his trademark elegance and launched his full array of shots to reach the three-figure mark in the 33rd over of the innings.
This is his second century of the series and second against the West Indies. He continues to be fourth on the overall list of Indians with ODI centuries to their name. Sachin Tendulkar (49), Virat Kohli (38) and Sourav Ganguly (22) are those who are still ahead of Rohit.
Meanwhile, Team India captain Virat Kohli, who had scores of 140, 157* and 107 in the previous three ODIs in the ongoing five-match ODI series against the West Indies, was aiming to become only the second batsman to register four consecutive centuries in the 50-over international format.Sri Lankan legend Kumar Sangakkara, who smashed four centuries on the trot during the 2015 World Cup, remains the only batsman to have done that so far. Roach made the big breakthrough in the 17th over.
In an attempt to run it down to the third man, Kohli ended up getting a faint edge that was caught easily by Shai Hope behind the wickets. Kohli was dismissed for a mere score of 16, which also turned out to be his lowest score this year in the ODIs. In 2018, so far, the Indian skipper has played 13 ODIs, scoring 1,143 at an unbelievable average of 129.88 including six tons and three half-centuries. Prior to the fourth ODI, Kohli’s lowest score was 36, which he had scored against South Africa in Port Elizabeth.