In a thrilling encounter against Bangladesh, Rohit Sharma unveiled an interesting twist in India’s batting order, where Shardul Thakur was initially slotted to bat at number 5, replacing KL Rahul. Ultimately, it was Virat Kohli’s unbeaten century that secured India’s fourth consecutive victory in the World Cup, bringing them closer to Sachin Tendulkar’s ODI hundred record. Kohli’s century came in spectacular fashion, with a six against spinner Nasum Ahmed, as he inched closer to the milestone while guiding India to a seven-wicket win with Rahul by his side.
Following the match, Rohit Sharma disclosed that Shardul Thakur was slated to take the number 5 position. However, a quirky turn of events transpired when Shreyas Iyer was dismissed. By the time Shardul was prepared to bat, Rahul had already taken the crease, leading to Thakur’s missed opportunity.
Rohit Sharma shared the amusing episode, saying, “I told Shardul to get ready on the ball that Shreyas Iyer got out. I told him, ‘Shardul, you will be in next.’ But Shreyas got out on that delivery, and by the time Shardul came down to get ready, Rahul had already gone in to bat.”
Shubman Gill, who joined the conversation, noted that fans were eagerly anticipating Shardul’s batting performance. In response, Rohit Sharma playfully commented, “He will get his chance. He’s a big-match player.”
Virat Kohli’s stellar performance in the match garnered significant attention. His 48th ODI century placed him just one century short of matching the legendary Sachin Tendulkar’s all-time record of 49 hundreds in ODI cricket. Kohli faced 97 deliveries, striking six boundaries and four sixes. This century marked his third score exceeding fifty in four innings, following impressive contributions of 85 and 55 not out in recent victories over Australia and Afghanistan in the group stage.
On the other hand, Bangladesh faced their third defeat in four matches, making their path to the semi-finals an uphill battle. The resounding chants of “Kohli!, Kohli!” reverberated throughout the stadium as the former captain celebrated his third World Cup century, with two of them coming against Bangladesh.