Rohit-man turns 31!

As India's flamboyant batsman turns 31, we revisit some of his typically dazzling knocks.

With 33 fours and nine sixes at Eden Gardens, Rohit Sharma obliterated the lacklustre Sri Lankan attack and Virender Sehwag's record for the highest ODI score. He got out off the last ball of the innings for a mind-boggling 264, out of which his last 50 runs had taken 15 deliveries. The Sri Lankans were left picking up the pieces; it was a demoralising defeat, as it folded for 251, less than Rohit's own mammoth score.
A daunting total against a daunting opponent? No problem. India aced the chase of 360 against Australia in Jaipur, thanks to the top-order trio of Rohit, Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli. With a run-rate of 8.32, India strolled past the line with more than six overs to spare. Kohli's 100* off 52 balls was complemented by Rohit's 141 off 123. The duo hit 25 fours and 11 sixes between them. Dhawan, the only batsman to be dismissed, chipped in with a quickfire 95.
This appeared a no-contest from the start. Rohit and K. L. Rahul, the two openers, put on 165 in 12.4 overs before Rohit was dismissed for 118 off 43 deliveries. He hit 12 fours and 10 sixes his blitzkrieg. Sri Lanka needed to score 261 to win, a run-rate of more than 13 per over. It folded for 172 as Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal took seven wickets between them.
Rohit's third double, and his first as captain. He reduced the Lankan attack to pulp yet again, this time remaining unbeaten till the end of India's innings. His 153-ball knock was littered with 13 fours and 12 sixes. Despite Angelo Mathews' century, Sri Lanka was out of the contest quite early in its chase. Mathews remained unbeaten as Sri Lanka fell to a 141-run defeat.
The familiar duo — Rohit and Kohli — play a matured hand to help guide India past West Indies in a low-scoring Twenty20. In a tight chase, and with time slipping away, Rohit eases India past the line with two balls to spare. His 55-ball knock was valuable as much for his run-making as for his shepherding role.