In a nostalgic mood, Rohit posted a photo of his first game in national colours on June 23, 2007. The post read: “My First day at the office, can't believe its been 10 years.”
While Rohit did not get to bat in his debut game, played against Ireland at the Civil Service Cricket Club, Stormont in Belfast, he did take a catch to send back Niall O’ Brien for 52 off 79 balls. The bowler was RP Singh. India won the game comfortably, chasing down a target of 171 in 34.5 overs (reworked under the D/L method) on the back of quality batting from former skipper Sourav Ganguly (unbeaten on 73) and Gautam Gambhir (unbeaten on 80).
Since then, Rohit has gone on to become one of the most destructive openers in limited-overs cricket, amassing 5435 runs in 158 ODIs at an average of 42.46 with 31 fifties and 11 100s. In fact, he is the only batsman to have scored two double hundreds in ODIs. While he hit one against Australia in Bengaluru, the other one he hit against Sri Lanka at the Eden Gardens.
In T20Is, he has scored 1364 runs in 62 games at a strike rate of 129.41 and also has 1184 runs in 21 Test matches with 2 100s and 7 fifties.
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First Published: June 25, 2017, 11:25 AM IST