Rohit equalled South African David Miller's record of 35 -ball century, en route to a coruscating knock of 118, his second T20 hundred and the best by an Indian in this format. His magnificent feat stunned not only cricket stalwarts, as Indore witnessed an off-season winter shower - of fours and sixes.
The Mumbaikar brought up his century in the next over, lacing a length ball through the covers for a boundary off Angelo Mathews before belting two sixes and a four off Dushmantha Chameera, who finally managed to bring the curtains down on Rohit's innings with a slower one. The previous fastest T20I century among India batsmen was 46 balls by KL Rahul, against West Indies in Lauderhill past year. Rohit reached his T20I career's second hundred with a boundary off Angelo Mathews.
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However, Kusal Perera and Upul Tharanga added a crucial 109-run partnership for the second wicket and gave some respite to the Sri Lankan dressing room.
In response, Sri Lanka started quickly, too.
There is no doubt that the end of M S Dhoni's cricket appears to be quite close but for opener K L Rahul, the former captain is still a match-winner for India and a great motivator in the dressing room.
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Coming at number four, India were 101/2 in 12.4 fours as Dhoni took a bit of time before launching Sri Lankan bowlers for four fours and one six in his unbeaten innings of 39 off 22.
In that game, the host nation India won by 93 runs with the help of Chahal's 4 wickets and Pandya's three. India won the 2nd T20I by 88 runs.
Lad who has also coached the likes of his son Siddhesh Lad and Harmeet Singh, who went on to play for Mumbai, admitted the opening slot suits Rohit's style of play. In five limited overs matches he played in Mumbai (ODIs 2, T20Is 3) his highest is 43 during the World Twenty20 2016 semi-final against West Indies.
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When R. Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja were omitted from the limited overs' leg of India's tour to Sri Lanka in August-September, many believed the selectors' official line of the seasoned duo having been "rested".