In the first One Day International versus Sri Lanka on Tuesday at the Barsapara Stadium in Guwahati, Rohit Sharma reportedly squandered a good opportunity to capitalize on his start. This is according to former batter Gautam Gambhir.
With nine fours and three sixes in his 83-run batting total, Rohit was well on his way to a century and a great start to 2023. However, quick bowler Dilshan Madushanka rocked his furniture, so that wasn’t the case.
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A big total was set up by the opening wicket partnership of 143 between Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill in 19.4 overs. However, Gambhir believed both Gill and Rohit had enough opportunity to amass significant totals on a gorgeous batting surface.
Rohit Sharma And Shubman Gill Would Be Kicking Themselves: Gautam Gambhir
The 34-year-old Virat Kohli continued on to score his 20th home century and his 45th ODI century after Rohit and Gill were dismissed.
“Both Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill would be kicking themselves thinking that they could easily have got to 150-160. Rohit could have gone on to get a double hundred as well. Then, the lost opportunity was someone else’s opportunity and Virat took it with both hands.
“That is what top and great players do. They convert those starts and Virat has done and shown that,” Gambhir was quoted as saying to Star Sports.
“Rohit Sharma, I’m sure, would be kicking himself. It was a great opportunity for him to dominate the entire game because of the way he was batting. He could have gone to another double hundred if he wanted to,” he added.
Before being LBW by Sri Lankan skipper Dasun Shanaka, the young opener Gill had struck 70 runs off 60 balls and had hit 11 fours.