Virat Kohli (L) and Rohit Sharma© BCCI
Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli shared a heartwarming moment on the pitch after the former’s impressive century during the first ODI meeting between India and New Zealand in Indore on Tuesday. It was Rohit’s first ODI century in over three years and the last came against Australia in Bengaluru in 2019. Rohit was sacked shortly after finishing his ton and while on his way to the dressing room he was congratulated by Kohli who entered. through social media.
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Rohit Sharma scored his first ODI century in three years, while Shubman Gill continued his explosive run to take India to 385 for nine in the third and final game against New Zealand here on Tuesday.
The two set up a combative opening score of 212 points as Rohit (101 off 85 balls) crossed the triple-digit mark for the first time since January 2020. Gill (112 from 78) achieved his fourth ODI hundred.
Gill hit four fours and a six to plunder 22 runs off Lockie Ferguson in the eighth over, symbolizing the form the 23-year-old has been in lately. The youngster didn’t even have to time the ball to run for the boundary. After three fours, he launched the short ball for an upper-cut six.
He reached his half century when he drove the ball square off from extra cover for a classy four. A few overs later, Rohit also brought up his fifty with a flat six over Mitchell Santner’s head.
With the outfield fast and the wicket flat, the rather inexperienced New Zealand bowling unit had no answers to the carnage of the Indian openers.
India raced to 200 with Rohit and Gill sharing 22 fours and 11 sixes.
Matching each other’s success rates, the 26th over saw both Rohit and Gill get their centuries. Rohit drove off to Deep Square to get to his century. Three balls later, Gill reached the three-digit mark, his third in four innings.
(with PTI inputs)
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