Kohli then took charge with Sharma, who was happy playing second fiddle to his in-form captain, as the duo put on India's biggest-ever ODI stand against West Indies for any wicket.
India all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja on Sunday said it is very hard to contain the duo of skipper Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma when they are batting in full flow as the hosts chased down a stiff 323-run target with consummate ease. We both think for the team so it's always great batting with him because you don't have to say much.
Dhawan (4) was clean bowled by Oshane Thomas in the second over of the innings.
After their terrific partnership, Kohli hailed Rohit Sharma for his superlative batting display, saying it is easy to chase down any target when the Mumbai batsman is at the other end. The skipper was well supported by opener Rohit Sharma, who initially played a subdued role, but went ballistic once his captain was dismissed.
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The two marauding batsmen started to toy with the opposition bowlers before Devendra Bishoo got Kohli stumped against the run of play.
"Feels pretty good. A convincing win". Be it Rohit pulling Jason Holder effortlessly over long-on for a six, or the sight of Kohli skipping down the track to deposit off-spinner Ashley Nurse into the stands.
"But we knew it's all about one partnership. It was one of those days where I felt good and I told Rohit I will continue to bat this way positively and maybe you can play the anchor role", he added. Windies put up a really good total. And when I got out, he took over and [Ambati] Rayudu played the anchor.
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. "That is something to learn for us", Kohli said after the match.