For a team that ended 2018 with a historic Test series win, Virat Kohli-led India were shot to the ground by a rejuvenated Australian brigade in the first One-Day International (ODI) at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG). In what was arguably an early wake up call, the visitors paid dearly for their batting flaws which eventually led to their 34-run loss.
It was surely not the kind of start the Indian cricket team or their fans would have wanted in the new year. But, while the visiting team stuttered in the first ODI, one man, yet again, proved why he is considered one of the most feared openers in the world.
It was business as usual for Rohit Sharma who notched up his first hundred after the birth of his baby girl Samaira. Carrying the baton for his side and keeping them alive in the run-chase, the right-hander smashed a brilliant 133-run knock which was decorated with six sixes and 10 boundaries.
While the Mumbai batsman couldn't help India secure a win, his innings will surely linger in the memory of cricket fans for some time. For someone who has a reputation of notching up big individual scores, it wasn't really surprising to see Rohit's batting masterclass in Sydney that left former cricketers and pundits in awe. But, as successful as he is with the willow, Rohit, sadly, isn't even close to being a good dancer.
13 January 2019
After setting the SCG on fire with the bat, the 'Hitman' was seen trying his hand at floss dance. In a video shared by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Twitter, the Mumbai Indians skipper was seen learning floss dance from a young girl without much success. After seemingly trying to learn the moves, Rohit was seen giving up on his effort midway as Kedar Jadhav, who missed the first ODI, stepped up to the task.
Trailing 0-1 in the three-match series, the Indian cricket team, now, has little margin for error as they gear up to halt Australia's onslaught in the second ODI at the Adelaide Oval on 15th January.