Former India opener Virender Sehwag has congratulated Rohit Sharma after the latter guided India to comprehensive wins in the just concluded limited-overs series against Sri Lanka. In absence of regular skipper Virat Kohli, who was rested for the series, Rohit led the team from the front in ODIs and T20Is as India won both the series.
Rohit’s captaincy debut for the national team ended on a good note on Sunday (December 24) as the Men in Blue thrashed Sri Lanka by 5 wickets in the last T20I to whitewash them. After winning the series for the first time in the series, Rohit Sharma did not hesitate to bowl first and his decision was completely justified by his bowlers who restricted the visitors to a modest 135 for 7 in the allotted 20 overs. Sri Lanka were looking primed to post an embarrassing total once again after being reduced to 18 for 3 but some useful contributions from Sadeera Samarawickrama, Asela Gunaratne and Dasun Shanaka helped them post a respectable total.
The Islanders then came up with a spirited bowling performance, making it tough for the in-form batsmen to get going but the score was never going to pose a tough challenge for the high-flying hosts as they chased down the total with four balls remaining. The Men in Blue were in a precarious position after losing both their in-form openers _ KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma- cheaply and suffering a middle-order collapse that saw them getting reduced to 108 for 5 from 81 for 2. However, Dinesh Karthik and MS Dhoni shared an unbeaten stand of 31 to guide the team home.
Following the win, Sehwag took to Twitter to congratulate Rohit, writing: “Congratulations @ImRo45 , wonderful performance both personally and as a team. Best wishes for the future.”
Congratulations @ImRo45 , wonderful performance both personally and as a team. Best wishes for the future.
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) December 24, 2017