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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 80

Rohit Sharma’s smashing innings!

By S.H.Moulana - Riyadh

We Sri Lankan cricket fans join our Indian fans in congratulating Rohit Sharma for the unbeatable record he has established in the fourth ODI played against Sri Lanka in Kolkata.

When scoring a double century in an ODI is regarded as a big achievement a score of 264 with 33 fours and 7 sixes is not an easy task by any means.

He has taken just 173 balls to put this mammoth 264 in the record book.

An elated Rohit has said that he could have batted another 50 overs! He is great and I personally think this record will never be broken in any ODI, anywhere and by any player.

Congratulations Rohit, we admire your marvelous fete!

Yes, it is true that we who got thrashed but we enjoyed watching you how you played those 173 balls you faced.

In the meantime, fans in Sri Lanka, who accorded a rousing welcome for their home team on its returns after winning the Asia Cup and the T/20 World Cup are now wondering whether the Sunday’s last and the fifth ODI match against India will end up a whitewash as India has already won the first four matches convincingly.

The 1996 World Cup winning captain, Arjuna Ranatunga has criticized Lankan cricket body for undertaking the tour instead of preparing the team for the World Cup in 2015.

These smashing victories against Sri Lankan team have become a good moral booster for India while a bad demoralizer for the home team, he has pointed out.

How Sri Lankan team will bounce back from this situation is the million dollar question.

We also read media reports about the chief selector, Sanath Jayasuriya, complaining that if the players are going to do our job, what is the point of having selectors at all.

The fans’ agitation is that the selectors should stick to the squad already selected for the World Cup concentrate in training them without changing and chopping them at selectors’ whim and fancy.

The Indian tour really exposed the team’s weakness in bowling, and fielding.

In the batting department, it was really pathetic to note that eleven Sri Lankan batsmen could not top the score of just one Rohit Sharma of India.

In short, India achieved what was wanted for its team – a moral booster before the World Cup - and Sri Lanka sadly a demoralizer!

Although Sunday’s final encounter is of no importance it could become a face saver if Sri Lanka could win.

Let see what will happen?

- Asian Tribune -

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