Virat Kohli reacts animatedly to Rohit Sharma’s delicate flick

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On Sunday, during the first ODI match against the West Indies, the 31-year-old reminded old-timers of the famous "Nataraja" shot, with an elegant pull shot in the 6th over of the Indian innings.

It is dominated by Kohli, well, he breaks a record every time he holds that bat and walks out. In the opening ODI, India emerged victorious by eight wickets with Kohli and Rohit Sharma smashing centuries each.

This was also Hetmyer's third century in ODIs and he has taken only 13 innings to do so, thus becoming the fastest West Indian to reach there.

"But we knew it's all about one partnership".

"Happens very rarely when Rohit plays second fiddle", said Kohli of his partner. I still think there are a lot positives.

It was the fifth time they have put on a double ton together, two more than any other partnership in world cricket.

When they bowled, the Windies got an early breakthrough when debutant fast bowler Oshane Thomas bowled Shikhar Dhawan off the edge for four in the second over.

"Got to get them out, that's the only way to stem the flow of runs", West Indies captain Jason Holder said after the match. "And life isn't hard when Rohit is at the other end", Kohli said at the presentation. For another, while they did decimate oppositions together, they barely came close to the domination that India's present top three exhibits: spread across the three possible permutations, the Rohit-Dhawan-Kohli trio has 18 150-plus stands in ODIs, whereas the Hayden-Gilchrist-Ponting trio managed seven between them.

Sharma went on to hit the winning six with Ambati Rayudu, who remained unbeaten on 22, at the other end. You can't afford to take any game lightly.

However, making mockery of what looked like a stiff 323-run target, the India cantered to the win with 7.5 overs to spare, taking a 1-0 lead in the five-match series.

"Our spinners weren't as effective as you would've liked them to be, so it's just a matter of us going back and just reassess our plans and try to limit some of their scoring".

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