"He was fearless. And he knows how he's going to get a hundred and he's batting really well", the Lankan skipper said of Rohit. As the field spread back, the boundaries slowed down but he kept picking gaps for runs. His previous scores here had been 46* and 86*, the latter scored against England at this World Cup itself.
"I was disappointed that the last three hundreds I got (102, 104, 103), I couldn't go on to bat as deep as I could", he said. "It's been a good campaign for us", Bumrah said after becoming the second fastest Indian bowler to claim 100 ODI wickets on Saturday. That is what I have felt always. On the other hand South Africa denied Australia a chance to top the league table meaning table toppers India will take on New Zealand in the first semi final of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.
Karunaratne believes of the four semi-finalists in India, England, holders Australia and New Zealand, it is Kohli's team who are the most well balanced.
On Saturday, he became the first to score five centuries in a single World Cup and matched Sachin Tendulkar's record of six hundreds in a World Cup career. And that's what he did, that's why he was so successful at that World Cup.
"Yes, we all know World Cup is important but it is important on the game rather than the occasion". When asked if his record would be his biggest achievement, Rohit said: "Not yet, if you win the World Cup then I probably would, if not then I can not". I just go out there and do my job. He often needs a police escort.
It has also been learnt that the air space above Old Trafford in Manchester and Edgbaston in Birmingham will be turned into "No-Fly Zone" during the two semifinals on July 9 and July 11 respectively.
"Every day is a new day", Rohit said after collecting the man-of-the-match award. So, yeah, I'm not thinking about what has happened in the past.
"I'm not here for records", he told reporters at Headingly. I come out thinking I have not played any ODIs or scored any hundreds in the tournament.
"If not, then I can't, because eventually winning the cup is important, no matter how many runs you score or how many wickets you take".
Sri Lanka captain Dimuth Karunaratne, no slouch in the runs business, said young prospects could do worse than copy Sharma. That's what we want. Those are the little things he's mastered really well. His plan is simple, he keeps batting and batting. "He's an ideal candidate to watch".