India had a time of their life in Sri Lanka on this tour. Right from the first ball of the test series, it was only one team that looked in the game, i.e. India. Except for the second ODI in Pallekele when Akila Dananjaya picked up 6/54, India never looked behind in the match at any point of time in the series.
It was the first instance when a team has won all 9 matches on a tour away from home. Australia had defeated Pakistan 9-0 in 2009-10 but that was at home.
After not getting a game in tests, Rohit Sharma was desperate to make a big impact in ODI series. And he had a successful time with the bat with scores of 4, 54, 124*, 104 and 16. He played a pivotal role in giving India good starts.
After India’s win in only T20I at Colombo, Rohit grabbed his phone, opened Instagram and posted a video thanking all the support staff and fans.
In the video Rohit said, “We are going back home undefeated and it is not easy irrespective of the team you are playing against. It shows this team has lot of character. We have got a great bunch of guys and support staff who are willing to give their 100% all the time. Credits goes to all of us. To all the people back home, thanks for your support. Keep supporting us. Now we look forward to Australia.”
India now play 5 ODIS and 3 T20Is against Australia before hosting New Zealand and Sri Lanka in a home season consisting 3 tests, 11 ODIS and 9 T20Is.
– by Atharva Apte