Indian skipper Virat Kohli has heaped huge praise on team's vice-captain Rohit Sharma following the duo's stunning display in the first ODI win against at Guwahati on Sunday. The two scored centuries, helping India chase down a stiff target of 323 with almost eight overs to spare.
Following the victory, Kohli had nothing but praises for his team, as well as Rohit. He said, "Feels pretty good. A convincing win. I thought West Indies were really good with the bat. And 320+ totals are always tricky. But we knew it's all about one partnership. And life isn't difficult when Rohit is at the other end. It's our 5th or 6th double-century partnership, it's a pleasure to bat with him."
West Indies, having been put into bat, posted a commendable 322 for 8 on the board in their 50 overs. Shimron Hetmyer was the star of the innings, scoring a brilliant century. Along with some key contributions by Kieran Powell (52) and skipper Jason Holder (38), Windies batsmen gave their bowlers something to bowl at.
In a stiff chase, India lost Shikhar Dhawan early on, but did not look back since. Kohli took the responsibility of scoring upon himself early on in the innings. With Rohit playing as the anchor-man, the Indian skipper attacked the bowlers left and right.
But Rohit did not hold back, and after reaching his half-century, let loose. The duo reached their respective centuries in no time, taking India closer to a big win. Despite Kohli's dismissal in the 33rd over, India romped to a win, with Rohit remaining unbeaten at 152.
In a close contest, Kohli usurped Rohit and was awarded man of the match award for providing his team a crackling start and giving them the impetus to chase down a score in excess of 300 in less than 43 overs.
Also during the course of his innings, the Indian skipper achieved a landmark and equaled a feat held by his mentor Sachin Tendulkar. For the third consecutive year, Kohli reached the 2000-run mark in international cricket, joining an elite list.