We often come across this phrase one’s loss is someone else’s gain. But it wasn’t the case for Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli. While the latter missed out on the limited overs leg versus Sri Lanka owing to his wedding, Rohit took over captaincy and led India for the first time in the just-concluded ODIs. As a youngster, every aspiring cricketer dreams to wear the blue jersey, but very few get the nod. Amidst all this, if they get selected and eventually lead the national side, it becomes an icing on the cake. Similarly, Rohit felt elated to walk out as skipper at Dharamsala venue for first ODI with the team sheet in hand. He shared a post on social media stating that he would “remember this walk for the rest of his life.”

While Rohit’s maiden ODI as captain turned out to be a nightmare, he more than made up for it by assisting Team India in winning the three ODIs. India bounced back and leveled the series on the back of Rohit’s third double-hundred in the format, only player to do so. The series decider was a one-sided affair wherein India tamed Sri Lanka by 8 wickets.

Rohit’s next assignment will be to lead in the upcoming three T20Is.