In Colombo on Tuesday, India’s opening duo of Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill continued their recent dominance with an unbroken powerplay partnership, propelling them to a commanding 80/0 in 11 overs against Sri Lanka.
While Gill initially assumed the role of the aggressor, the Indian captain eventually took control in his signature style, keeping the opposition bowlers on their toes. This remarkable performance eventually led Rohit to surpass the 10,000-run mark in ODI cricket.
Rohit needed a mere 22 runs to join the elite club of 15 players in the history of the game to achieve this rare milestone. In the seventh over, facing Kasun Rajitha, the 36-year-old executed a flawless lofted straight drive off a perfectly placed delivery, sending the ball soaring over the bowler’s head.
The Kookaburra raced to the boundary like a bullet, while Rohit maintained his elegant posture, creating a shot that will be etched in memory for years to come. The captain of the Men in Blue became the sixth Indian to reach the 10,000-run mark and achieved this feat in the second-fastest innings, surpassed only by Virat Kohli.
Rohit marked this significant milestone by launching a relentless assault, including four boundaries off a Dasun Shanaka over, to secure his 51st ODI half-century from just 44 deliveries, much to the delight of fans on Twitter.