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Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma Break Plethora Of Records At Sachin Tendulkar's Expense

Written By Dylan Dsouza | Mumbai | Published:

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  • Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma led the charge for the Men in Blue during India's comprehensive eight-wicket win over West Indies.
  • Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma broke several records and at the expense of Indian batting legend Sachin Tendulkar.

India continued their dominance over West Indies by beating the visitors by eight wickets in the first ODI at Guwahati. Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma led the charge for the Men in Blue as the duo scored two centuries, and enroute chased down the stiff target of 323 runs with almost eight overs to score.

The Indian skipper was dismissed for 140, while his deputy remained unbeaten on 152 runs. But Kohli had inflicted enough damage, which made Rohit Sharma's task of taking India across the finish line much easier, and in the process went 1-0 up in the five-match ODI series. 

During the course of their stunning innings which saw them stitch a massive 246 runs partnership, Kohli and Sharma broke several records and at the expense of Indian batting legend Sachin Tendulkar.

Kohli reached his 36th ODI century and it was 60th International century across all formats. He also reached the landmark in record-breaking fashion, by becoming the fastest man to reach the landmark after Sachin Tendulkar. The Indian skipper took 386 innings to reach the landmark, which is 40 innings fewer of Tendulkar. 

The Indian skipper also emulated his icon Sachin Tendulkar by scoring 2000-plus runs in three successive years.  By doing so, he also has achieved this feat twice as captain and equaled South African skipper Graeme Smith's record, while Ricky Ponting sits on top, achieving the scores three times as skipper.

Next up for Virat Kohli will be to reach the 10,000 ODI runs mark, with just 81 runs left to amass the record. Again, Virat Kohli will be the fastest to do so and surpass Sachin Tendulkar in this feat.

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While Rohit Sharma's superb knock sees him become the first and only player to have scored 150 or more six times in an ODI innings, overtaking Sachin Tendulkar, who had achieved the feat on five occasions.

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."

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