Rohit Sharma has been the man in belligerent form for India in the ongoing ICC World Cup 2019. The opening batsman slammed 103 off 94 balls against a listless Sri Lanka at Headingley, Leeds, in India’s final league match of the 2019 edition of the world championship to pick his fourth man of the match award. This was his third consecutive hundred after the tons against England and Bangladesh and also the fifth in the one edition and the sixth overall.
With this, Rohit broke the record of former Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara’s record of four centuries in one World Cup and also equalled compatriot Sachin Tendulkar’s record of six World Cup hundreds. Rohit was at his sublime best against the Lankans while chasing a target of 265 after the islanders won the toss and scored 264 for 7 in 50 overs riding Angelo Mathews’ 113 off 128 balls. He put up 189 runs for the first wicket with KL Rahul who also scored a hundred (111), his maiden at the cricket World Cup. India won the game by 7 wickets with 39 balls to spare and took their points tally to 15.
Meanwhile, Kane Williamson, the Black Caps’ skipper, mentioned that Rohit is the best batter in the World Cup thus far. “Rohit has been the standout batsman in this tournament so far. Without a doubt, he has been superb in this World Cup,” the 28-year-old Williamson said while interacting with the reporters at the pre-match post-conference.
It’s a really exciting opportunity
This won’t be the first time when Kane and Virat will be facing off in a knockout game of a mega event. Back in 2008, India and New Zealand played the semis of the U19 World Cup. India came out victorious and went on to win the championship. In that game, Virat had got rid of Kane. Remembering those moments, Williamson cheekily said that Kohli was an all-rounder back then.
“I hadn’t thought about it at all. It’s pretty special to lead your country on such a big stage. It’s a really exciting opportunity. Virat used to be an all-rounder back then. He doesn’t bowl that often now,” the Tauranga-born cricketer stated.
Moreover, Kane is privileged to see Virat emerge into a brute force. “Virat at that tournament (U-19 World Cup) was also a formidable player. We have played each other on numerous occasions. It has been a pleasure watching Virat evolve and become such a great player,” the Kiwi skipper added.