After leading India to ODI series victory over Sri Lanka yesterday (December 17), stand-in captain Rohit Sharma has revealed the day which he will remember for the rest of his life.
India's regular skipper Virat Kohli has been rested from the limited-overs series against Sri Lanka. The Delhi right-hander recently got married to Anushka Sharma and will only return to cricket field early next year in South Africa.
In Kohli's absence, the Board of Control for Cricket in India's (BCCI) selectors handed the captaincy responsibility to Rohit, who had previously led his Indian Premier League (IPL) team Mumbai Indians (MI) successfully.
Leadership brought the best out of the Mumbai right-hander as he smashed a double century (208 not out) in the second ODI in Mohali. This was the 30-year-old world record third double ton.
On Monday (December 18), a day after the series triumph against the islanders, Rohit took to the micro-blogging website Twitter to reveal his special day.
"A day that I will remember for the rest of my life.Walking out with the team sheet for the 1st time was a feeling of it's own which can never be measured or compared with anything.Proud to be playing with the guys who have such great skill set & work ethic. Cannot be more happier (sic)," Rohit tweeted with a picture of him walking on to the ground, to his nearly 10 million followers.
A day that I will remember for the rest of my life.Walking out with the team sheet for the 1st time was a feeling of it’s own which can never be measured or compared with anything.Proud to be playing with the guys who have such great skill set & work ethic. Cannot be more happier pic.twitter.com/qndFB1ySM0— Rohit Sharma (@ImRo45) December 18, 2017
The day Rohit is referring to is December 10 (Sunday). For the first time, he captained India. This was the series opener against Sri Lanka at Dharamsala's Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA) Stadium.
Rohit became India's 24th ODI skipper. Personally and for the team, it was a forgettable match as India were bowled out for 112 and Sri Lanka won by seven wickets. He was out for just two runs.
India and Sri Lanka will now face off in three T20Is from Wednesday (December 20). Rohit will again lead the team.