first_imgRohit Sharma blasted his 18th ODI hundred as India stormed towards victory in the first match of the series against England at Trent Bridge on Thursday. This was his second hundred on the tour, having earlier smashed a record-equalling third T20I hundred on Sunday.Rohit blazed off early after Kuldeep Yadav’s 6/25 helped India bowl England out for 268 at same venue where they had amassed a record-battering 481 against Australia last month. The Mumbai batsman was off-colour in South Africa and managed only hundred during the entire tour.His poor form continued in the IPL for Mumbai Indians.Formats change but his run-scoring spree does not. @ImRo45 scored a match-winning in the 3rd T20I and now scores another . His 18th in ODIs. #TeamIndia #EngvIND (@BCCI) July 12, 2018However, in the United Kingdom, Rohit has been brilliant. He first dismantled Ireland with a fluent 97 in the first of two T20Is before unleashing a wide array of shots against Eoin Morgan’s men at Old Trafford.INDIA vs ENGLAND: LIVE SCORE | BLOGRohit, along with his opening partner Shikhar Dhawan, got India off to a sizzling start in the first ODI. The duo added 59 in quick time but it was Dhawan who did the bulk of the scoring. But after the latter was out for 40, Rohit changed gears.In the company of Virat Kohli, Rohit smashed boundaries to all parts of the ground, leaving Morgan and his bowlers utterly helpless on a flat surface. Rohit got to his half-century off 54 balls but he took off therafter and got to his triple figure quickly.advertisementA fine century from Rohit Sharma for the tourists.Scorecard/Videos: Cricket (@englandcricket) July 12, 2018Back to back centuries against England for @ImRo45!It’s the hitman’s 18th in ODIs, his first in the format against England! Another outstanding innings #ENGvIND (@ICC) July 12, 2018Meanwhile, Kohli, who got two scores in the 40s in T20I series, came out all guns blazing and raced away to his 47th half-century.Rohit and Kohli, over the last three years, have been the backbone of India’s limited-overs domination. There was talk that KL Rahul might be promoted up the order to No.3 ahead of Kohli. However, after some experiments in the T20Is, it was business as usual in the ODIs.Kohli and Rohit gave the packed house at Trent Bridge a batting masterclass. Both men showed off a wide selection of shots, played some delightful strokes and brought up their half-centuries off exactly the same number of balls.last_img read more