Rohit Sharma is back. While the Hitman had to miss the South Africa tour due to an injury, he is back at the helm of affairs and is leading his first ODI after being declared the full-time captain. While there were several reports and opinions on what Virat Kohli’s role in the team would be after his leadership chapter is over, for now, Kohli proved his utility on the field in the ODI series opener vs West Indies.
During Team India’s bowling innings in the ongoing match at Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad, Kohli convinced captain Rohit to take a DRS in the fifth ball of the 22nd over being bowled by Yuzevndra Chahal. There was a sound as the ball went past the outside edge of Shamarh Brooks but the umpire had deemed it not out. The close-in fielders quickly gathered to have a little chat with Rohit asking everyone what they felt about the same.
Although wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant outrightly said that he did not feel it was out, it was Virat who came from the cover region and said that the batter had edged it to the keeper. Consequently, Rohit took the DRS and the decision had to be overturned in favour of India with Brooks taking the long walk back to the pavilion, much to the delight of the Indian side and fans.
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India have been pretty dominant so far in their 1000th ODI game, the ongoing fixture at the West Indies. After opting to bat first, the hosts reduced West Indies to 7/79 after which a partnership between Jason Holder and Fabian Allen has put the Men from the Caribbean on the course of a respectable total.
Having said that, India still seem favourites at this stage with dew also expected to play a role in the game as the game progresses. With COVID-19 hitting the Indian camp, it is Ishan Kishan who will open with Rohit in the run-chase.