India’s out of sort batsman Gautam Gambhir believes the team’s deputy Rohit Sharma is probably the best white ball batsman in the world. Rohit Sharma scored his 22nd hundred while playing against Australia in the first ODI at the Sydney Cricket Ground. However, Rohit Sharma stupendous effort with the bat went in vain as India lost 34 runs.

Meanwhile, Rohit Sharma scored a majestic knock of 133 off just 129 balls. In fact, India had their backs against the wall when they lost three wickets for only four runs on the board. However, MS Dhoni and Rohit Sharma added 137 runs for the fourth wicket to keep India in the game.

Rohit Sharma, Australia vs India 2018-19
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Rohit Sharma was on fire.

On the other hand, India was always behind the eighth-ball and had a lot of catching to do in their run-chase. Australia posted a par score of 288 runs after electing to bat first at SCG.

In fact, this is the sixth instance when Sharma’s hundred has gone in vain. Australia’s fast bowler Jhye Richardson bowled with a spark as he scalped four wickets and gave away only 26 runs in his 10 overs quota.

“Absolutely fabulous from Rohit Sharma! He is probably the best white ball player in the world! If anyone can make India win it has to be Rohit Sharma,” said Gautam Gambhir while commentating in the box.

Rohit Sharma, Australia vs India 2018-19
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Sharma was able to bring his piece de resistance to the table as he scored 10 fours and half-a-dozen sixes in his blistering hundred. India’s deputy also created history as he became the only batsman to score four hundred at four different venues in Australia while playing against Australia. However, all these four occasions, India has ended on the losing side.

India’s vice-captain took his time in the initial phase of the innings. Subsequently, the flamboyant right-hander changed gears to catapult his attack on the opposition. However, there were too many in the bag for Australia as no Indian batsman except Dhoni and Rohit could get going.