England vs India: Rohit Sharma dedicates his century to his ‘fallen friend’

His friend passed away at the age of 45 in March.

Rohit Sharma hundred Sachin Tendulkar
Rohit Sharma of India celebrates reaching his century. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

Rohit Sharma is regarded to be a brute force, especially in the limited overs formats. He showed his pure class in India’s yesterday’s match against England at the County Ground in Bristol. The right-hander was on top of his game and scored his third century in T20Is, second only on New Zealand’s Colin Munro. He achieved the feat in 56 balls and batted till the very end to see his team through to victory.

He also ensured that the Men in Blue not only wins the game but also the series by 2-1. After the victory, Rohit Sharma dedicated his herculean knock to Sudan, the world’s last male northern rhinoceros, who died at the age of 45 in Kenya back in March. He passed away after months of poor health as his health-related complications worsened significantly.

Rohit took to Twitter and wrote, “Yesterday’s innings is dedicated to my fallen friend Sudan May we find a way to make this world a better place for all of us,”

Here is Rohit’s tweet

Rohit’s knock was carved with 11 fours and five maximums. He opened the batting and lost Shikhar Dhawan early in India’s quest to track down 199 set by the Brits. KL Rahul, his partner for the second-wicket stand, perished after threatening with some lusty blows. The onus was on Rohit to shepherd the team and had Virat Kohli, his captain at the other end.

Both didn’t panic and put on 89 for the third wicket. Kohli was dismissed by Chris Jordan in the 15th over, but it didn’t impact Rohit. While Hardik Pandya blazed away, the opening batsman looked determined to stay put in his position in the middle. After the scintillating exhibition of strokeplay, the right-hander would be hoping to carry over his touch in the ODI series as well.

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