Brabourne’s boss puts Windies to the sword
India has never lost a One Day International whenever Rohit Sharma has scored 50-plus in the first innings.
So, when ODI cricket returned to the Brabourne Stadium after 12 years, Sharma's spectacular 162 proved to be more than enough as India posted a gigantic 377/5, the best score at the ground. In reply, Windies lost a flurry of wickets in the beginning and couldn't even match Sharma’s individual score handing a 224-run victory to the hosts.
Such a treat to the eye, this innings from Rohit Sharma. Loved his back foot play against spin— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) October 29, 2018
Typical of a Hitman knock, Sharma took 60 balls for his first fifty, 38 for his second and just 31 for his third. His blitzkrieg at Brabourne was an exhibition of ominous ball-striking as he stroked 20 fours and four maximums. The innings was of greater significance as he became the fourth fastest cricketer to score 21 ODI hundreds.He also became India’s second most prolific six-hitter surpassing Sachin Tendulkar.
#INDvWI: Rohit Sharma was at his best again, lighting up Mumbai and outscoring the entire #Windies team. But what was an even bigger cause for joy for #TeamIndia? Let's talk about that, and the match in today's #AakashVani. pic.twitter.com/NYMeFoVtwZ— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) October 30, 2018
"I've grown up playing cricket in Mumbai and more so in CCI," Sharma said. "I understand the pace and bounce here, and you should use it to your advantage. Once you do that, you get value for your shots. I was trying not to hit it too hard, but maintain my shape throughout my innings."
Highest scores for India in ODIs each year from 2013 onwards:— Bharath Seervi (@SeerviBharath) October 29, 2018
2013 - Rohit Sharma (209)
2014 - Rohit Sharma (264)
2015 - Rohit Sharma (150)
2016 - Rohit Sharma (171*)
2017 - Rohit Sharma (208*)
2018 - Rohit Sharma (162)#IndvWI
Most 150+ scores in List A cricket:— Sampath Bandarupalli (@SampathStats) October 29, 2018
7 - David Warner / ROHIT SHARMA
6 - Gordon Greenidge
5 - Sachin Tendulkar#INDvWI
Two 150-plus scores in an ODI series/tournament:— Umang Pabari (@UPStatsman) October 29, 2018
2 - Hamilton Masakadza v Kenya, 2009
2 - ROHIT SHARMA v Windies, 2018*#INDvWI
So many of us thinking that Rohit Sharma missed on a double hundred. The idea that there was one for taking is incredible. What a player! #INDvWI— Abhishek Baxi (@baxiabhishek) October 29, 2018
Sharma got together with Ambati Rayudu and both had a 211-run stand for the third wicket. Rayudu scored his third ODI ton helping India post a majestic first innings total. Kuldeep Yadav and Khaleel Ahmed picked up 3 wickets each to decimate Windies for 153 giving India their biggest victory against a Test playing nation.
Indian players scoring more than opposition's all out total in an ODI:— Rajneesh Gupta (@rgcricket) October 29, 2018
Sachin Tendulkar v Namibia, 2003
Yuvraj Singh v Bangladesh, 2003
Mohammad Kaif v Zimbabwe, 2005
Rohit Sharma v Sri Lanka, 2014
Rohit Sharma v West Indies, Tonight#INDvWI
Rohit Sharma beats the Windies #INDvsWI— Gaurav Kapur (@gauravkapur) October 29, 2018