As the decade is nearing its end, it is evident that the Indian Cricket Team have been the most successful team with their consistent performance in the One Day format of the game. However, mentioning the word ‘consistent’, and the name every cricketing fan from the country would agree to is none other than Rohit Sharma. The heavy hitting opener scored a stormy half century in yesterday’s victory over West Indies, and is now the cricketer with the most ODI runs.
The Mumbai Indians captain, who was recently unveiled as the brand ambassador of La Liga in India, has secured a total of 1490 runs made from 28 ODI matches, averaging 53.21 runs per match, along with a total of 7 centuries and 6 half centuries.
The Men in Blues skipper Kohli, who’s blistering 85 off 81 helped the hosts to successfully chase the monumental 316 target yesterday, remains in the second spot, scoring 1377 runs from 26 matches, with 5 hundreds and 7 fifties.
Speaking after the match at Cuttack, the 32 year old spoke on his congratulatory feat:
“Extremely grateful for the year I’ve had. A World Cup victory would have been nice but as a team, throughout the year, whether red ball or white ball cricket, the team came together really well. Personally I’ve enjoyed batting, but there’s no way I’m stopping.”
Opening the second innings with K L Rahul, Rohit scored 63 runs from 63 balls, along with 8 fours and 1 six. In the 22nd over, an outside edge contact from Jason Holder’s delivery ended up in the gloves of Windies keeper Shai Hope.
The vice-captain continued: “There’s an exciting year coming up. I understand my batting really well. I want to play within my limits, knowing the game plan you want to execute is very important.”
Rohit, who has earned 168 ODI caps for the team, was chosen as the player of the series against West Indies, in which India registered a 2-1 win.
“Even in the red ball format, against South africa it was going to be challenging. Once we start traveling, we want to win games and stay on top of the table,” the player added.
Team India will be hosting Australia in their next ODI series in January.