Rohit Sharma hit a half-century in his innings after becoming a father. He smashed 3 sixes on his way to a fifty in a stunning counter-attack for India in the first ODI against Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Rohit, who returned home to be with his wife Ritika for the birth of their daughter, got off the mark with a six after Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli and Ambati Rayudu were dismissed cheaply.
Chasing 289, India were in deep trouble at 4 for 3 after Jason Behrendorff had removed Shikhar Dhawan for a golden duck and Jhye Richardson dismissed Virat Kohli and Ambati Rayudu in the same over. Rohit Sharma, who has three ODI double hundreds, was under pressure to keep India afloat in the company of MS Dhoni, who was clearly struggling. The asking rate kept climbing steadily and India needed a Rohit special to stay in the hunt for 289.