IND vs SL: Watch - Rohit Sharma greats shows great sportsmanship withdrawing Shami's 'mankading' appeal when Shanaka on 98
Rohit Sharma-led Indian team went on to face Sri Lanka in the 1st ODI on 10th January, Tuesday at the Barsapara Cricket Stadium in Guwahati. Having a look at the game, Dasun Shanaka won the toss and asked the hosts to come out to bat.
Batting first, Men in Blue posted a vast total of 373 runs on the board. Both the openers, Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill provided a fabulous start as they scored 83 and 70 runs respectively.
Following them, Virat Kohli has been ruthless against the opposition bowlers as he smashed his 73rd hundred and scored 113 runs. Chasing the total, Sri Lanka didn't get the start they expected as they lost three of their batters for a total of 64 runs.
However, Pathum Nissanka batted well at the top order as he smashed 72 runs. Coming down the order, the skipper of Sri Lanka fought till the end and remained unbeaten on 108 runs. Hence, India defeated Sri Lanka by a margin of 67 runs.
I can't hold on to things: Virat Kohli
Winning the match, the Indian stalwart Virat Kohli was named Player of the Match for his fabulous 113 runs with the help of 12 runs and a six.
During the post-match presentation, Virat Kohli said, "I don't think there was anything different. My preparation and intent always remain the same. I thought I was hitting the ball nicely.
It was close to the template I play with, I understood we needed an extra 25-30 runs. I tried to understand the conditions in the second half. Tried to get a comfortable total for us on the board," was quoted saying by Cricbuzz.
"The one thing I learnt was desperation doesn't get you anywhere. You do not need to complicate things. You go out there and play without any fear, I can't hold on to things.
You have to play for the right reasons and almost play every game like it's your last and just be happy about it. The game is going to move on. I am not going to play forever, I am in a happy space and enjoying my time playing," he added.
During the game, the Indian skipper Rohit Sharma showed great sportsmanship as he has withdrawn the mankading appeal by Mohammed Shami and let the opposition skipper Dasun Shanaka smash the hundred.
Watch the video here:
D. Shanaka Was Mankaded by M. Shami 😄😯 But Captain Rohit Sharma Showed The Spirit of Cricket ❤️👏🏼 After that, Shanaka Scored a Century Otherwise Shanaka Was Out.— Sushil Kengare. (@KengareA) January 10, 2023
Well Done Rohit Sharma 👏🏼
You Won Our Hearts ❤️#INDvsSL #RohitSharma pic.twitter.com/XSGyN5PG4y
The real winner was the sportsmanship of Rohit Sharma for refusing to take the run out. I doff my cap to you ! https://t.co/KhMV5n50Ob— Sanath Jayasuriya (@Sanath07) January 10, 2023
Rohit Sharma won millions of hearts yesterday for that gesture.— Aru💫 (@Aru_Ro45) January 11, 2023
This is bigger than any Man Of The Match award>> pic.twitter.com/zxALgy0nOF
Rohit Sharma said - "I have no idea Shami did the run-out, Dasun Shanka on 98. The way he batted was brilliant. We cannot get him out. Hats off to him".— CricketMAN2 (@ImTanujSingh) January 10, 2023