Team India skipper Virat Kohli won the toss and decided to bat first in the ongoing fourth ODI against the Windies. The hosts were able to post an above par total of 377 runs on the back of fine hundreds from their deputy Rohit Sharma and Ambati Rayudu. Meanwhile, Shikhar Dhawan once again got off to a start but could not carry on to make a substantial score. Dhawan scored 38 runs before hitting the ball straight to short mid-wicket.
Meanwhile, India’s captain Virat Kohli had a rare off at work as the talisman only scored 16 runs. However, Rohit Sharma and his former Mumbai Indians teammate Ambati Rayudu was able to put a colossal partnership of 211 runs. As Dhawan and Kohli were dismissed in just 17 overs, the onus was on Rohit Sharma to make a big score.
Rohit Sharma was on song.
Both the right-handers, Rayudu and Rohit took their time in the middle overs. However, Rohit Sharma changed gears after reaching his 21st ODI hundred and Rayudu rode in the topmost gear after scoring his 10th ODI fifty. In fact, India’s vice-captain also went on to score his 7th score of 150 or more runs, which is the most for any batsman.
Meanwhile, the flamboyant right-hander became the first batsman to score a hundred while playing at Brabourne Stadium. Rohit also continued his penchant of scoring daddy hundreds as he took the attack to the opposition. The right-hander scored a fine knock of 162 runs off just 137 balls.
The Mumbai batsman scored 20 fours and four maximums in his blistering knock. However, another 200 was on the cards for Rohit Sharma, but he could not go all the way.
Thus, Rohit was once again able to show his class at the topmost level. In fact, the right-hander had also scored an unbeaten knock of 152 runs in the first match of the series.
On the other hand, Ambati Rayudu was also able to bring his best to the table. Rayudu had scored 73 runs in the second ODI. However, he was able to go all the way in the ongoing fourth match. Rayudu went on to score his third ODI hundred off just 80 balls.
Here is how Twitter reacted to India’s first innings:
Rohit Sharma is class. But feel delighted for Ambati Rayudu. He has a fantastic record and unless something drastic happens, he should be the No.4 that India have been experimenting with, for the World Cup #IndvWI
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) October 29, 2018
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) October 29, 2018
Rohit Sharma at Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai:
– First Indian to score a T20 century (2007)
– Scored his maiden FC triple century (2009)
– First to score an ODI century at Brabourne (Today)#INDvWI
— Sampath Bandarupalli (@SampathStats) October 29, 2018
21st Odi 💯 for #Hitman,
27th in International cricket,
2nd vs @windiescricket,
9th in 🇮🇳,
12th in Asia,
5th in 2018,
10th under #ViratKohli,
14th in day/night match,
24th in List A,
19th as a opener. #INDvsWI #INDvWI #RohitSharma
— Akhil Gupta 🏏 (@Guptastats92) October 29, 2018
Double Century For Rohit today?? #IndvWI
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) October 29, 2018
— AKki (@CrickPotato) October 29, 2018
— md asif raza (@razaasifmd) October 29, 2018
Rohit Sharma (Total 7 150s In Odi)
Reached 1st 150 By '4' Runs
Reached 2nd 150 By '4' Runs
Reached 3rd 150 By '1' Runs
Reached 4th 150 By '1' Runs
Reached 5th 150 By '6' Runs
Reached 6th 150 By '6' Runs
Reached 7th 150 By '4' Runs*
44 11 66 4😍
— 𝑺𝒉𝒆𝒃𝒂𝒔 (@Shebas_10dulkar) October 29, 2018
— R P Singh रुद्र प्रताप सिंह (@rpsingh) October 29, 2018
Rohit Sharma surely missed his 4th double ton but indeed what a knock !! #INDvWI
— Usaid Sheikh (@sheikh_usaid) October 29, 2018
Such a treat to the eye, this innings from Rohit Sharma. Loved his back foot play against spin
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) October 29, 2018
Rohit Sharma scoring 150 when we expect 200 is like Topper getting less marks when Teachers expect full!
— Akshαtα ツ (@AkshataTweets) October 29, 2018
Commentators: When there's no lateral movement & a true wicket to bat on, Rohit Sharma has once again shown that he is better than d best…
— Sanjeev | சஞ்சீவ் (@snjv08) October 29, 2018