On Sunday, January 16, The Men in Blue produced a stellar display as they handed Sri Lanka a humiliating 317-run defeat. India won the series 3-0 and scripted the record for the biggest ODI win by a margin.
India, batting first, put 390 runs on the board, with the help of the first home century from Shubman Gill and scintillating 166-run innings by Virat Kohli.
Kohli is at the top of his game as the former India skipper has hit three ODI hundred in the last four innings and is just four tons away from surpassing Sachin Tendulkar for most ODI hundreds.
Virat faced heavy criticism for his century drought from 2019-22 and also faced cries of his ouster from the team. Kohli has regained his lost mojo, but the focus has shifted to Rohit Sharma, who registered an unwanted record.
In a near-perfect match for India, the only concern that remains for them is the skipper himself. Sharma has struggled with the bat for a long time and is one of the underperforming batsmen in the team.
Rohit scored 42 (49) in the third game and scripted an embarrassing feat of going without a century in his last 50 international innings, which is the second-longest streak in his career.
While most experts hailed the team’s dominating performance, former India opener Gautam Gambhir did not spare Rohit and came down heavily on the 35-year-old.
Gambhir asked the fans and critics to be as hard on him as they were during Kohli’s slump.
“We should assess Rohit in the same space as Virat. We should be equally hard on him as we were on Kohli. Not having a hundred in the last 50 innings is a big thing, especially for a player like Rohit.”