Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma, on the crease together, can be a nightmare for any opposition. Both run-machines are capable of piling miseries among the opposition camp in a span of few overs. Apart from being the top two Indian batsman in modern cricket, Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma share a little history of running each other out. They have run themselves out seven times till now, with Kohli being the culprit five times and Rohit Sharma twice.
There are also instances when these runouts turned out to be a fruitful one like the India’s series against Australia in 2013 at home. The series will go down as one of the high-scoring series in India-Australia history. Both sides easily scaled the 350+ targets with ease in that 7 match series to stand 2-2 (2 matches ended in no result) till the last ODI in Bangalore.
India needed a win in the Bangalore ODI to seal the series 3-2 in their favour. After being put to bat, Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan got India off to a flier with a century partnership. But the next six balls change the complexion of the innings with the wickets of Dhawan and Kohli.
After Dhawan was given lbw, Kohli was sent pecking for a third-ball duck by his partner Rohit Sharma. After stroking the ball towards the mid-on fielder, Kohli set off for a run only for being stranded in the middle of the pitch by a late denial from his partner.
Recalling the match, Rohit said, “It was my responsibility in that game after Shikhar Dhawan fell right after the break. After that, Virat Kohli got out, don’t know whose mistake it was. But, I remember, I was batting with MS Dhoni and he was always talking to me, motivating me to play till the end. He was telling me ‘you’re the set batsman and I want you to bat till the 48th, 49th of 50th over, because you can hit any bowler anywhere you want. So let me take chances, you just take a backseat, take singles, knock the ball in the gaps, and find the odd boundary if you can.
“And I just thought ‘no yaar, I’m seeing the ball really well and I might as well put pressure on the bowlers right here, right now’. Then I decided to just go after the bowlers. And I remember hitting Xavier Doherty for four sixes in an over,” he added.
However, after Kohli’s dismissal, Rohit Sharma took the onus on himself and played a memorable innings of 209 to take India to a high-scoring total of 383/6 after the fifty overs. Rohit along with MS Dhoni put on a show in the death as the duo added 167 runs in less than 16 overs.
Rohit Sharma also admitted that it was his responsibility to shoulder the burden after running Kohli out. “In the Bengaluru ODI too, he was on strike and punched the ball towards the bowler’s right side. By the time I turned and saw Kohli, he was already there next to me at the non-striker’s end. He got 100 in the first ODI and was in great form, obviously if you lose him in that fashion, you have to make it up. It was my responsibility for me to stay until the end because I was in great form at that time.”