For the better part of Sunday evening, not only Guwahati's Barsapara Cricket Stadium, but also the entire cricket-watching fraternity was in awe of the sheer nonchalance with which Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma made a mockery of the 323-run chase against the Windies.
India all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja on Sunday said it is very hard to contain the duo of skipper Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma when they are batting in full flow as the hosts chased down a stiff 323-run target with consummate ease.
Regarded as one of the classiest batsmen ever, India vice-captain Rohit Sharma can dismantle any bowling attack without much ado.
Rohit took his time to settle down after his opening partner Dhawan fell for four to debutant fast bowler Oshane Thomas. Rohit remained unbeaten on 152 off 117 balls with 15 fours and eight sixes.
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"After they scored 320-plus, we did not know how it will behave in the second half". "Wicket was also very good to bat on".
India's batting mainstay was finally out when leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo got one to turn past Kohli's bat with wicketkeeper Shai Hope completing a smart stumping. I thought West Indies were really good with the bat. It's one of those rare days and I told him I will continue to bat positively and you play the anchor role.
"Among the top three, I've preferred the anchor role, but today I felt good and I communicated with Rohit that he should play the anchor role". As Kohli walked out and stamped his authority on proceedings with a flurry of strokes, Rohit was content to take a temporary back seat.
Guwahati: After winning the first ODI against the West Indies here, Indian skipper Virat Kohli said bowlers could have performed better, especially in the last few overs. "And life isn't hard when Rohit is at the other end", Kohli said at the presentation.