Opener Rohit Sharma hammered a century while Virat Kohli hit 77 as India put on board a challenging 336 for five against Pakistan in their World Cup match. Rohit hit 140, his second century of the tournament and 24th ODI hundred overall. And, it was quite fitting that on his first Father's Day as a new dad, Sharma should produce a match-winning performance for India, especially as he credits his daughter for the stellar performance.
Back in December, Sharma's wife Ritika gave birth to the couple's first child, Samaira and the opener claims that the life-changing moment off the field has provided him with the serenity needed to excel out. The match-winning knock also means Sharma joins Sachin Tendulkar, Ajinkya Rahane and Virat Kohli (twice) as the only men to score 50+ in five consecutive ODI innings for India, so Samaira’s impact has clearly been potent.
Speaking about his match-winning knock, the opener said that the space he is in right now is a very 'good place', and that having a new-born daughter has put him in a good spot. Affirming that it is quite important to start well at a World Cup, the opener stated that as a team, they are doing well and heading in the 'right direction', thus ticking off all the boxes.
For the uninitiated, Rohit Sharma registered his 24th ODI century and his second one of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 against arch-rivals Pakistan at the Old Trafford in Manchester. Meanwhile, after being put into bat by Pakistan skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed, Rohit and KL Rahul laid a solid platform for India with a 136-run opening stand.
An hour into the match, Rahul was dismissed for a well-made 57, the Indian vice-captain then added 98 runs for the second-wicket stand with Virat Kohli. Both Sharma and Rahul started on a cautious note as they saw off the new ball well before Rohit unleashed his explosive shots and accelerated the Indian innings.